Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating Review

Posted on Mar 12 2017 - 12:08pm by Susan Bewley

Want to learn how to decorate cakes at home? See what we think of Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating here!

Have you ever tried making birthday cakes or other fun cakes during the holidays? Like many people, I try avoiding going to the bakery to buy cakes since it is extremely expensive (and usually tastes better). Unfortunately, while my cakes usually taste amazing, they often aren’t the prettiest. If I want a cake to look beautiful, that is usually when I will look into going to a bakery, where I pay for more for a cake than it ordinarily seems worth. Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing bakeries, but most seem to have very generic tasting cakes with overly sweet icing. One of the things I want to learn this year is how to properly decorated cakes so I can share more cake recipes with you guys and make my cakes much more presentable to family. Luckily, I recently had the opportunity to learn how to decorate cakes with a brand new book that was just released – Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating. After my complimentary copy arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!

Buttercream Basics: What is It?

Do you want to learn to make beautifully decorated cakes at home? If so, we think you will love Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden. This innovative food instruction book makes it possible for anyone to learn how to decorate a cake like a pro, giving details, easy to understand instructions and covering issues that most people face when trying to decorate cakes at home. It even has detailed pictures to help teach various techniques, making it a valuable book for anyone wanting to learn to work with buttercream. Here is what the publisher has to say:

Create exquisite designs and bake shop quality results with Carey’s easy-to-follow decorating techniques.

Satiny smooth buttercream is the perfect medium for creating decorated cakes that taste as sublime as they look. Buttercream’s popularity can be attributed to its simple sweetness, versatility, resiliency and ease of use. Working with buttercream may seem intimidating, but with Carey’s expert and easy-to-understand advice, you’ll be creating and decorating stunning cakes in no time.

This concise, comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide offers all the information you’ll need to get started — from invaluable instructions on decorating fundamentals and techniques to over 360 step-by-step color photographs.

With just a little time and practice you’ll soon develop the coordination and muscle memory necessary to decorate beautiful cakes. You can start by making some of the less complicated projects/cakes and then work your way up to more intricate projects once you start to feel confident about your decorating abilities. Soon you’ll be able to use Carey’s techniques and advice to create your own unique and sensational designs.

Full color throughout and mouth-wateringly gorgeous, you’ll have 40 projects to choose from and there are even gluten-free and vegan options.

Buttercream Basics: Our Thoughts

I will freely admit, I have purchased a few books in the past to teach me how to decorate and most were a bit..umm…small. Like, less than 20 pages and really weren’t that helpful. I was truly blown away by Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating since it was extremely down to Earth, easy to understand, and filled with so much information! Just from a quick skim when it first arrived I was amazed by the amount of detail and how the author does a great job discussing issues most people experience with decorating and how to get around common difficulties. I even love many of her decorating ideas, enabling you to easily create a beautiful cake with just a bit of patience. Honestly, if you are someone who loves to bake at home, I consider Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating an absolutely must to add to your cookbook and food technique collection!

Buttercream Basics: Where to Purchase

Want to purchase this awesome book for your own family? You can buy Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating on Amacon.com for only $24.95!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

40 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tracey Schmidt March 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I much prefer buttercream to fondant, it tastes better

  2. Sarah L March 15, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    This would be a good book for my sister. She makes very good cakes.

  3. Terri S March 15, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    This sounds fantastic! I want this book. Thank you for sharing your review!

  4. Sue E March 15, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I think I have made homemade cakes from scratch only three times in my whole life. I made those with my grandma before my grandpa and her moved away. Then I turned into a box person and a store bought cake person. When my kids were growing up and a few times I made cakes with my grandkids, I let them do the decorating, & it was by no means professional!! I never really had the urge to decorate a cake. I have always thought buttercream frosting was too sweet. And now that I am a Diabetic, I mostly make goodies for holidays. I really don’t know anyone my age that still gets into baking.

  5. Pat S March 15, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I like that it has more details than other books. Sounds very thorough!

  6. Amber Ludwig March 15, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Oooh I would LOVE this!! I try to make all of my sons birthday cakes and man is buttercream hard to work with!! My last one looked so rough!!

  7. Lynne B March 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    “Easy to understand” is what I picked up from your review! lol. I’m the “which can of frosting should I use this time” kind of cake baker.

  8. Michelle S March 15, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I would love this book – I try to do fun designs for the holidays. Turkey cakes, Easter bunnies, etc.

  9. Phyllis Huebbe March 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    This was very helpful to me

  10. Calvin F. March 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Lots of things to learn about decorating cakes indeed

  11. Terry Poage March 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I would love to learn how to decorate with butter cream. Thanks fro sharing this.

  12. Nena Sinclair March 16, 2017 at 4:39 am - Reply

    I’m very interested in learning to decorate cakes. I will check into this! Thank you!

  13. lisa March 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a good book for those that are into baking. It’s truly an art.

  14. Cynthia C March 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I would appreciate the detailed pictures. They would help me to master the techniques.

  15. Lisa Coomer Queen March 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    My family loves buttercream! This was great. A lot of good information here. I will have to check on the book. Thanks!

  16. Deborah D March 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I wish I would have had this book when i was in school and had to decorate a cake. I just used the icing made out of shortening and it didn’t taste that good.

  17. Margot C March 17, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    I need this book. I bake a cake at least once a week and I am running out of ideas.

  18. April Monty March 17, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

    I love decorating cakes ,this is awesome .

  19. Allyson Becker March 17, 2017 at 3:37 am - Reply

    This book sounds amazing. But I am a terrible cook, a terrible baker, and I am not sure I have the talent.

  20. Mia March 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    My cakes usually taste good but trouble making them look nice especially when I want to have them for a special occasion. This book would be so helpful.

  21. Brandy Trover March 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I always think “I can do that” with cake decorating until I actually try it. But I would prefer buttercreme to fondant as well.

  22. Daniel Scott March 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Real buttercream frosting is one of my favorites. Our wedding cake was made of real buttercream and everyone commented on how good it tasted. My wife and I like to bake together.

  23. Jerry Marquardt March 19, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    The cakes that she is making here all look so very yummy! I appreciate the nice review highlighting these fine desserts.

  24. rochelle haynes March 19, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Loving the book love to learn how to make this

  25. Lauryn R March 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of decorating cakes, I just don’t do it that often! 🙂 I usually make my kids one each year on their Birthdays, I definitely need to get this book to learn some methods. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Amy Tolley March 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    This book sound amazing and i would love to read this book…Great review….

  27. kath g March 19, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    If I could just learn how to keep the crumbs out of the icing, I’d be happy…the rest, would be, as they say….icing on the cake 🙂

  28. lisa March 21, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    The last time I made a cake was, well, I can’t recall. I do know that it was a box mix and store bought frosting. I messed it up. I’m not much of a sweets lover. If I have a craving for some I buy a cupcake.

  29. Calshondra Williams March 23, 2017 at 12:25 am - Reply

    I would love this book. I’m always decorating my cakes with Buttercream icing.

  30. Angela Saver March 23, 2017 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I would love this book! I love baking and would love to beautifully decorate cakes!

  31. Nancy Burgess March 23, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a grear book.I’d love to have it.

  32. Rosie March 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I love this – I was looking for cake decorating books at the library, but they didn’t have any. This one is perfect I want it!

  33. April Monty March 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I’m learning to prepare buttercream and use piping techniques to create shapes etc.

  34. Barrie March 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    This is a great gift idea for my daughter’s BFF. She loves to bake and fancy with frosting.

  35. Lisa F. March 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I don’t bake, but I like to watch shows where people do, and they always make me hungry for their buttercream frosting! I’m not a fan of the whipped icing you see on cakes. Always a big disappointment when you’re expecting buttercream.

  36. April monty March 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I found this book on Amazon I think I might grab it for my daughter, she’s on a baking kick.

  37. Rita M March 31, 2017 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Yeah, I could use a little help in this area – my attempts at cake decorating have been more of a comedy of errors. I realize the taste is the same, but pretty couldn’t hurt!

  38. Margaret Appel April 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Many years ago I used to make & decorate my own cakes for friends and family. I even did my younger sister’s multi-tier wedding cake, but I could just never get the hang of making roses. My cakes were pretty for homemade, but I would have loved to be bakery perfect. This book might actually get me a step closer to my idea of perfection! Thanks for the review!!

  39. lisa April 7, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I’m not into baking. Too much time and mess involved.

  40. Mary April 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I fix everything from scratch. I have to because of my numerous food allergies. I couldn’t have real buttercream because I am allergic to all dairy. I do think if someone wants their cake to look beautiful, this really does that.

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