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The Basics of Buttercream

GST incl.
Course ID CRS-N-0043066


Buttercream is the most popular type of frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Having a “go-to” buttercream recipe will prove very useful for both amateur bakers and professionals alike. In this course, students will be learning about the three different kinds of buttercream that are most commonly used in the industry; discussing the different techniques, tastes and textures of each. 

We will be discussing the concept of flavouring and colouring of buttercream i.e. what kind of colours are complementary and conflicting using the colour wheel and what kind of flavouring is best used with buttercream.

Subsequently, students will be learning the practical application of buttercream by having a hands-on session on frosting and piping techniques using our in-house Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe. By practicing and mastering these techniques, students will be able to open doors of endless possibilities in the world of cake decorating.

Come join us for an informative and hands-on course on the basics of buttercream!

Course Summary

By attending this course, you will learn:

Introduction and orientation 

Discussion and hands-on the three different types of buttercream 

  1. American Buttercream
  2. French Buttercream
  3. Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Colour concepts and flavours

  1. Difference among extracts, essence, paste, concentrate, flavour
  2. Using the colour wheel to determine complementary colours
  3. Using colouring to achieve colour of choice

Basic frosting using Swiss Meringue Buttercream 

  1. Cake layering 
  2. Crumb coating
  3. Side piping technique
  4. Using bench scraper to achieve straight sides
  5. Smoothing and levelling of buttercream
  6. Finish off with crisp and sharp edges

Piping and frosting techniques (BOTH)

  1. Watercolour swirls
  2. Ombre effect

Summary and conclusion 

  1. Certificate presentation
  2. Photo taking

All materials will be provided.

Class Duration: 8 hours

Class Type: Decoration


Bring home TWO 6-inch Buttercream Frosted Cakes, with both ombré AND watercolour swirl designs.

Please read our Terms and Conditions (SKILLSFUTURE) before you proceed to register for the class.

About Justin Hee (Head Instructor)

Justin's love for baking started out in his very own kitchen, as a hobby. Having been a home baker for 5 years, Justin's love for baking grew and he took a huge leap of faith making baking into a career. 

As an instructor in our studio, he strives to not only create a fulfilling and educational experience for our students; he also seeks to bring across the idea that baking breaks conversational barriers and brings people together.