How To

Making Basic Buttercream

Making Basic Buttercream

When it comes to creating an edible work of Art, it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fabulous. Basic Buttercream is not only delicious, its highly versatile. Its a crusting Buttercream, meaning it will firm up at room temperature, giving you the perfect canvas 

Colouring Basic Buttercream

Colouring Basic Buttercream

Colouring Buttercream is not quite as straight forward as you might think. For a start, butter is yellow. Yellow! Which means if you add blue, you don’t get blue, you get Green! Sorcery! So how do you colour buttercream?  What types of colours should you 

Piping a Buttercream Rose

Piping a Buttercream Rose

If you like Buttercream, you probably LOVE Buttercream Roses. They are beautiful, timeless, and 100% edible (which is probably my favourite part!) They are also one of the most agonised over, and remain my most requested for classes, and for hints and tips. So can 

The Top 5 Most Asked Questions.. Answered!

The Top 5 Most Asked Questions.. Answered!

One of the best parts of this gig, is helping all of you find your way in Buttercream. I get lots of questions, and I love answering them. I get some questions more than most, so I thought I would the top 5 in a 

Creating a Pixie Shoe

Creating a Pixie Shoe

For such a long time, I’ve wanted to make a Sugar Shoe. The main hitch was, I’m not really a high heel kinda fan. If I HAVE to wear shoes, they’re usually sand shoes, and not really the sort of thing you want to create 

Prepping and Crumb Coating a Cake

Prepping and Crumb Coating a Cake

True beauty starts from the inside, whether it’s a person or a cake, and my aim at Viva La Buttercream, is to inspire a little of both. Any cake made with love is perfect on it’s own, but if you want to take your cake 

Perfect Layers

Perfect Layers

Perfect, even layers.  They look good huh? But just how do you get them? Sorcery? Well possibly, but let’s stick to the easy way! There are numerous ways you can layer (Torte) your cake, but we’ll look at the three most popular, and weigh their 

Using a Silicone Mold with Buttercream

Using a Silicone Mold with Buttercream

Using Buttercream in a mold?? Sorcery!! Well no actually, it’s easier than you might think, and opens up a whole world of design and decoration opportunities. Have you heard of modelling chocolate Kerrie? Yes, I have, and yes, its MUCH easier, but not everyone has, 

Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Do you love cookies? Of course you do! And believe it or not, they are actually as much fun to decorate, as they are to eat! True story! My favourite medium for cookie decorating is Royal Icing, hands down.  I love to pipe, so it 

Creating a Garden

Creating a Garden

Vibrant reds, pinks and yellow roses, blend with delicate white flowers, and rich green foliage.  A breath taking display of beauty, right at the foot of one of Sydney greatest technical achievements. The simple, timeless beauty of the roses reminds us that while we are 

Star Tips and Rosettes

Star Tips and Rosettes

Stars… in your multitude.. Sorry, I couldn’t resist, I’m a theatre buff! So you’ve probably heard the terms “open star” and “drop flower” tips, but what do they do, and when do I use them? What’s the best tip for piping rosettes? Open and Closed 

Professional Photos at Home

Professional Photos at Home

So you’ve made a beautiful cake. When the light hits it just right, you could swear you hear Angels singing. So you take a photo, aaaaaand, Blergh. Dull, weird colours, lumps everywhere, what happened?? Photographing your cakes professionally, especially if you sell them, is imperative, but