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Buttercream Cake Mastery

Learn my Cake Smarter, Not Harder®️ system for making modern buttercream cakes.

This online course helps you save time dramatically while achieving beautiful results.

Implement my efficient system

Create cakes that WOW even yourself!

Implement my efficient system and 

You'll make cakes like these

with ease

Blue watercolour cake with greenery and white chocolate sail
Two tone concrete cake with flowers
Pink watercolour cake with flowers
square concrete cake with blue isomalt decorations

Which are


A mama wanting to make her kids' birthday cakes

And in turn save hundreds of dollars on buying custom designed cakes every year. Also, this could be Dad too!

A hobbyist seeking a creative outlet

You make cakes to unwind, express yourself, feel a sense of achievement and let’s be honest, the oohs and ahhs from friends and family feel great too!

An aspiring entrepreneur aiming to start a cake business

You’ve got a full time job but would love to start a side hustle selling cakes, which hopefully will turn into a full time gig one day. 

A cake biz owner looking to upskill to command higher prices

You’re running a cake biz but feel that your skills and cake making system isn’t refined enough to command higher prices and become profitable.

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There're a lot of 'i wish I did this sooner!'


5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 535 reviews)
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I should have enrolled sooner!

May 21, 2024

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about enrolling in the course, this is your sign to do it! My only regret about this course is that I didn’t enrol sooner. The course material is informative, easy to follow and takes out all the guess work. I saw an improvement in my buttercream skills immediately and feel like I now have all the groundwork I need to take my decorating to the next level.


Refining Skills and Removing Guess Work

May 14, 2024

Buttercream Cake Mastery has significantly helped me identify the gaps in my baking process and has helped me refine my skills, eliminating the guess work. Never have sharp edges been easier or faster! It’s been so gratifying to improve my work through this course!

Karen Bates

Excellent value for money

April 24, 2024

I took buttercream cake mastery as a hobby baker with aspirations of starting to sell my cakes. The information in this course is second to none. Everything is explained and you are given the “why” behind everything you’re told to do. The techniques are simple and can be implemented right away. And the 4 step process of making cakes just makes so much sense! I’ve attached a photo of the very first cake I made after taking this course. It was a carrot cake for Easter. It’s not perfect, but I’m proud!

Tami Eyre

Fantastic course!

April 1, 2024

I am a hobby baker who makes cakes for family and friends. I spent over a year trying to find the right cake making class to attend at a cookery school or online to finesse my skills but none were the right fit. Social media was overwhelming with courses. Then I came across Don’t tell Charles and Buttercream Mastery which was exactly what I had been searching for. The course is excellent. I have improved my cake making skills and had so much fun. Thao is a great teacher with written modules complemented by ‘how to’ videos. I loved her approach emphasising the need to understand the methods to baking. It all makes sense now. Her cakes are phenomenal. They are sophisticated modern works of art. Her talent superseeds anything else I have seen. This course is a must and worth the price.


Buttercream mastery

March 18, 2024

I joined buttercream mastery to refine my cakes to the next level, and I realised it’s really the little things which make a big difference.the technique of covering a cake is simple ,yet effective.i have just joined and this is my first cake ,looking forward to improving and achieving that picture perfect cake very soon !!!


Clear and concise

February 29, 2024

I have really enjoyed how clear and instructional this course has been with a lovely balance between video and written content. I already feel so much more confident with my approach to butter cream cakes and really appreciate the amount of time the course is saving me with tips and techniques.

Ashleigh Snape

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My efficient 4-step



Creative makers tend to focus on the physical side of the creation process but don’t have any clear idea about what they really want out of it long term, or have any tangible strategy to get there. This step seeks to solve that problem by helping you set up correctly from the get-go.


This step focuses on implementing standardisations throughout the cake-making system in order to achieve reliable and consistent results, every time. This is where you learn to dramatically cut down your time in the kitchen by adopting our extremely efficient recipes and methods.

Step 3: CREATE

Let the fun begin. Learn everything you need to know about the cake creation process, the DTC way. That means quick, simple and fun!


The best part about cake-making, cake decorations! All the hard work leads to this, where you can dress your cake in all the cool edible things and watch your vision come to life!


Recipes, charts, ratios, all the done-for-you things to make your cake making life hassle-free. 


Frequently Asked Questions

You will need some basic cake making equipment if you don’t already have them. These are: a stand-mixer, a cake turntable, a cake scraper and offset spatulas. Inside the course, we give you a list of tools, equipment and supplies we recommend, including budget & investment options as well as what not to waste your $$ on. You can start slow, and build up your investment of tools as you go. 

The course contains video, presentations and written materials that have been thoroughly prepared for you to be able to consume in your own time. There is no live aspect to the course except the support. When you ask a question in the course or in the FB group, you’ll get an answer from Thao and other fellow students in real time. 

You can enroll now to take advantage of the limited time offer and start the course whenever you’re ready. It is a self-paced course, which means you can go through it at a pace that suits YOU. The plus side is, it doesn’t matter when you do the course, your access to lifetime support is there when you need it. 

DTC cakes are similar in texture to butter or pound cakes, somewhere in the middle between a sponge and a mud cake. They are not too heavily dense nor too light, a perfect structure to team with buttercream.

At DTC, nothing is just a recipe. Vanilla cake recipes are aplenty on the Internet. What makes ours special is the fact that it forms the basis for a whole entire baking system. If the vanilla cake on its own is a 10, the whole DTC baking system is a 100. Everything we teach form a cohesive system that are designed to give you ‘long term’ success. For this reason, the DTC Vanilla Cake isn’t available as a standalone recipe. 

However, if you would like to try one of our cake recipes, check out The Perfect Chocolate Cake. 

The vanilla cake recipe is the same in both courses. However, The Versatile Baker goes into much more depth about the recipe itself in terms of purpose, adaptability and flavour-making system. Think of Buttercream Cake Mastery as your one stop shop to learn about how to make a modern buttercream cake from start to finish and The Versatile Baker as a more specialised study about baking and flavour-making.

The DTC buttercream recipe is our unique recipe, based from a French buttercream recipe and uses whole eggs. The techniques taught in this course can be applied with Italian meringue and Swiss Meringue buttercream for comparable results. 

Similar to the DTC Vanilla cake recipe, our DTC buttercream recipe, although extremely silky and delicious, isn’t just a recipe. It forms part of an entire buttercream cake making system. Having the recipe alone won’t give you the long-term, lasting results you deserve. You need our whole buttercream system for that. 

Buttercream Cake Mastery helps you build the right modern buttercream cake-making foundation. It is an A-Z course that covers baking as one of its modules (DTC vanilla cake recipe included). However, The Versatile Baker goes into a lot more depth regarding the science behind the baking process and the DTC baking system. The only overlapping information between the two courses are the DTC Vanilla Cake recipe and some basic baking knowledge.

For a comprehensive comparison of the two courses, click here.

Our team has worked extremely hard to ensure that the content included in this course is as detailed and beneficial to as many people as possible. However, we do understand that everyone’s learning style is different. This is why we offer a 7-Day Money Back Guarantee. You can take a look around the course, check out our PDFs and videos to familiarise yourself with our teaching method. If you decide that this course isn’t for you, just send us an email within 7 days of purchasing the course. We will ask you to complete a short questionnaire and then process your refund.  Simple as that!

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Meet the BCM



Kat Medrzejewski

Armed with a strong foundation of cake skills acquired from Buttercream Cake Mastery, Kat started Halo & Horns as a side hustle in 2019 while working full-time as a teacher. Currently, she manages her successful cake business alongside a part-time primary teaching role. With dedication and continuous effort, Kat and Halo & Horns have grown to amass over 22K followers on Instagram.

Alanna Holmes from Colour Me Cake
Alanna Holmes

During a heavy and dark time for her family, Alanna started baking pastries and homestyle cakes as a hobby to focus her energy on something more creative and less stressful. After doing an in-person cake decorating workshop which wasn’t her style, Alanna went looking online and found Buttercream Cake Mastery.

Fast forward to 2023, her home based cake business which she started in 2019, Colour Me Cakes, has turned into a full time cake business which has a beautiful studio location in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. 

Jeannine Nguyen from Sprinkle Happiness Cakes
Jeannine Nguyen

Jeannine has a background in Architecture and works as a project manager in the Architectural Technology sector. She uses cake design as an outlet to be creative and bring happiness to others. It helps her balance things and because of it, she’s better at her day job.

Jeannine currently balances her family,  full time job, travelling and making the most architecturally beautiful cakes for Sprinkle Happiness Cakes when she finds the time. 

Hey, I get it.

I understand how hard it is to learn on your own.

I did the same thing ten years ago, teaching myself how to make cakes from watching Youtube & scrolling cake blogs. I wasted years making many mistakes I could have easily avoided if someone had just told me. It took me 3 years to master buttercream cakes and become an internationally recognised cake artist. But it doesn’t have to take that long for you.

I’m now on a mission to help 1 million buttercream cake makers all over the world Cake Smarter, Not Harder®  so they can put time back in their day for creativity and growth. 

That’s why I created our signature 4-step system and this course. I’ve taught it in over 100 physical workshops around the world and to over 4,500 students online.

Are you next?

Thao. x

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My cakes used to be delicious but ugly as sin – now I can make gorgeous cakes! 

Jacquelyn Kyle

blue cake with pink drip
Two tier concrete cake with purple orchids

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