Life Skills

Beginners Cake Decorating for Kids #1 Piping Designs

Piping skills learned during this fun class for budding cake/cupcake/cookie decorators.
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Completed by 777 learners

70 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

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Fri May 20

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6pm - 7:10pm

Fri May 27

Meet once (1 day)
6pm - 7:10pm

Sat May 28

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12am - 1:10am
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Class Experience

I love decorating cakes and cupcakes for all kinds of events and occassions. I have taken many of the courses offered around town, plus a very engaging class at the Culinary Institute of America. I have created and decorated countless cakes for friends, family, business occassions, weddings, baby showers, birthdays, ect. It's fun to do and is a nice creative outlet for kids to learn to master. 
prep time: 10 MINUTEStotal time: 10 MINUTES
This simple homemade vanilla buttercream is easy to make and results in a silky smooth frosting that is easy to pipe. This style of buttercream is known as American buttercream and is the easiest type to make. It is also sometimes referred to as decorators buttercream or crusting buttercream because of the slight crust that forms when it is exposed to air. 

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2 sticks (8 oz, 227 gr) unsalted butter, room temperature
2-4 cups (227-454 gr) powdered, icing, or confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of salt
2-3 tbsp milk or heavy cream (optional)
If you want a traditional smooth texture for your buttercream, fit your stand mixer with a paddle attachment. If you want a lighter more whipped texture, fit your mixer with a whisk attachment. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer.
Place your room temperature butter in your mixing bowl and beat on high for about 1 minute, until fluffy. Scrap down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add salt.
Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar into the mixing bowl and start mixing on low until the sugar starts to combine with the butter. Turn the mixing speed up to high and beat for about 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Taste the buttercream and decide if you would like a sweeter texture. 2 cups is the minimum amount needed and will produce a slightly sweet buttercream with more butter flavor. Add more powdered sugar based on your taste preferences. Up to 4 cups total is standard but you can add up to 8 total cups for a very stiff and sweet buttercream. Add a bit of milk or heavy cream if needed to thin out the texture.
If you are using your whisk attachment and want a more whipped texture, turn the mixer back on high and whip the buttercream for 3-4 more minutes.
If not using immediately, store the buttercream in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Allow to come back to room temperature and re-whip to use.

Depending on the amount of sugar you used, this recipe will frosting 12-16 cupcakes, a 1- 9x13" layer cake, or an 8"- 2 layer cake.
To frost a 9"- 2 or 3 layer cake use 3 sticks (12 oz, 340 gr) unsalted butter, 3-6 cups (340-680 gr) powdered sugar, and 1 tbsp vanilla.
 1 file available upon enrollment
1. Cake decorating tips needed if planning to practice along with me. It is not required, but certainly helps in the learning process. Tip numbers are based on Wilton brand...your tips may have different numbers. I do show the tips to use on camera. We'll use #3,4, or 5 (round tip), #104 (tear drop shape or petal tip), and #47 or 46(basketweave tips). If you do not have/cannot get the basketweave tip do not worry, this design can be created with many different types of tips which we go over in class. 2. Frosting- purchase frosting already made for decorating purposes from Michael's or Joann's (or other comparable craft/hobby store) or make your own (see Homework section for a simple recipe). DO NOT use the small canisters of frosting found in the baking section of most super markets, it has a very different consistency and your piping will not come out the same. 3. Paper towels, a spoon, a tallish clear cup, scissors 4. Piping bags...plastic, re-usable, or parchment triangles all work fine. 5. Small Couplers- these allow for easing changing of tips and are really handy when practicing 6. Hand out of piping tip sheets will be provided upon sign-up. This is not required, but may be helpful in learning the skills. These can also be found in the classroom comments for printing.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Seeing as we are working in the kitchen with potential hazards. Note that there is no baking taking place during class so stoves/burners/microwaves/ect. should not be in use. Frosting should be made prior to class and under the supervision of an adult with hair pulled back to prevent injuries if using a mixer. The use of a pair of scissors for a very small and specific part of class does take place. Supervision may be required for this step. Knives are not needed for this activity.
If purchasing frosting please note the ingredients listed on the back. Some may contain milk, nuts, or gluten products.You may refer to my recipe listed in the homework section if you'd like to make your own. Water or other liquid flavorings may be substituted for the dairy listed. Also, crisco/shortening may be substituted for the butter listed. If you need a different type of recipe for this class that works great for piping please let me know and I'd be happy to send it to you via email.


Leslie TimmLove to learn with and teach kids
388 total reviews
261 completed classes

About Me

I am a former preschool owner/teacher and current homeschooling mom. We love to learn about science, math, art, creative writing, health and fitness, history, and anything else we can get our hands on. I enjoy reading to children and find it most... 
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