I love making pretty cakes for my friends and family’s special occasions. I have a few cakes that are requested throughout the year. I make my Raspberry Swirl Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting 3 or 4 times every December. I always worry about how the cake will look because we all know how important presentation is. And besides that, I want to give gorgeous cakes. I want my friends and family to feel celebrated and loved with beautiful cakes. I like to put my cakes on a pretty cake platters and usually frost them very simply with what I would call rustic or maybe even nostalgic swirls that I create with the back of a spoon. This technique gets me by, but I always wish I knew how to change things up so when I came across the book Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden I was really excited (stay tuned because I have one copy up for grabs!)
How to Frost Beautiful Cakes
But first, let’s check out how to decorate a cake using Madden’s Spellbound technique from Buttercream Basics. It’s so simple and yet absolutely stunning! Don’t you think?
What do you think?
I know I’d love to have the skills to frost beautiful cakes! Buttercream Basics is a gorgeous book packed with beautiful photos and everything you need to know about the art of frosting with buttercream. Did you know there are more than four different kinds of buttercream frosting, even vegan? Did you know that you don’t need lots of fancy tools or expertise to make beautiful cakes? Do you know why eggs are pasteurized when making buttercream frosting? Did you know that you can flavor buttercream with just about anything and that it can be dense or light and airy and made into about any color? Did you know that you can use the same buttercream to fill, ice, and decorate cakes? Did you know that you can use ribbons or even flowers to decorate a cake? Did you know that Swiss Style buttercream has a meringue base like what’s on top of lemon meringue pie? You can find all this and even more packed into this book. You will find 35 projects in Buttercream Basics. You can start with the easier cakes and progress to the more advance styles as you go. And I’m pretty sure the recipes for yellow butter cake and triple chocolate cake won’t disappoint either. I’m pretty excited about this book, can you tell? As promised, I’ve got one copy up for grabs. You can enter using the below form. If you’d like to purchase a copy for yourself, you can use this affiliate link.
This giveaway opens immediately (US only, please) and closes at 12:00 AM on 5/20/2018. Winner will be announced here on the Rafflecopter form, contacted by email and has 48 hours to claim their prize by responding with their mailing information or another winner will be drawn. Good luck:)!
I wasn’t paid to write this post. I was provided with a copy to review/giveaway.
Courtesy of Buttercream Basics; Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
Image credit: Daniel Jackson
Amber O says
My favorite bday cake is any one I don’t bake myself! 😉 a good cake… I like them all!
Cindy Best says
I love a super dark chocolate cake made with special dark cocoa and topped with dark chocolate buttercream. What can I say? I’m a chocoholic!! 😉
Sara Zielinski says
My favorite birthday cake is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.
I am actually a cheesecake lover so when I started seeing these cheesecake cakes I pretty much was in heaven from there on out – I love any mashup!!
I love a strawberries and whipped cream layer cake.
Joan Kubes says
I really love a simple white cake with buttercream frosting. That is my favorite!
Thank you for the opportunity to win!
Cassandra D says
My favorite birthday cake would be a Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake.
Ae Minx says
We always make a Texas Sheet cake.. so good!!