Buttercream Cake Mastery

There is no other course as complete as this.

A lot of the things done in baking and cake decorating today have very old roots.  Many of them don’t necessarily apply anymore but you still do them, why? Because everyone else does them that way and no one is telling you otherwise. Until now. 

Forget wasting hours on end combing through Youtube videos. Forget wasting hard earned cash on mini courses that only show you a section of the whole process i.e buttercream recipe, a particular finish or just a style of decorations.

The Modern Buttercream Cake Creator is the ONLY course you’ll need to learn EVERYTHING.

Who is this course for?

  • The Home Baker who runs a cake business from home
  • The Hobbyist who makes cakes for friends and family’s special occasions
  • The Fondant Cake Maker who has their skills down but is looking to try other mediums
  • The American Buttercream Cake Maker looking for a smoother buttercream finish
  • The Budding Entrepreneur starting a cake business from home or storefront.

If you want to

  • Establish a better relationship with buttercream
  • Grow your confidence and skills as a modern cake maker
  • Restore balance to your hectic cake life through efficient processes & systems
  • Unleash your creative potential

Then this course is for YOU!


just tooo good

Rated 5 out of 5
September 3, 2020

I know I’ve written a review for this course before but I Just CANT get over it. Every SINGLE time I make this cake I’m just left in awe at how easily it came together and how great it tastes. OBSESSED.

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Excellent, worth every cent

Rated 5 out of 5
August 17, 2020

I loved working through this course, the videos and written material were both very in-depth and worked well together. All the tips and quanity information was much appreciated. having Thao answer questions in timely manner was also great and the Facebook group could help with questions too, would highly recommend

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Rated 5 out of 5
June 30, 2020

Before I found this course, I was struggling to get a sharp and crumbless finish on my cakes. I looked everywhere, but couldn’t find any tutorials or recipes that included everything I needed. I was pretty clueless about everything, from what size cake pan and how much batter and icing to what type of icing I should even use. Every blog and website said something different and nothing told me how to make a modern, bespoke buttercream cake. I found Don’t Tell Charles via Instagram, and loved their modern style of cakes. I then saw that they offered courses, and knew that I had to try it. Buttercream Mastery tells you everything you need to know to make beautiful cakes. Everything. From recipes, to charts, to exactly how to torte, fill, ice, and smooth the buttercream on your cakes. This course has it all. You can even comment any questions you have and Thao will answer them. And, you have it for life so you can go back and reference it as much as you want. Would 110% buy again!

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M.C. Fulop

Game changing

Rated 5 out of 5
April 14, 2020

I was so stumped on how to get sharp edges and modern finishes on my cakes, but thanks to Thao’s class, I’m now in the know! I feel so empowered now to experiment and develop my own style informed by the techniques taught in this course. My favorites: marbled chocolate sails and watercolor buttercream. Not to mention how clearly the base cake and buttercream techniques are explained. You won’t be disappointed!

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Game Changing

Rated 5 out of 5
April 8, 2020

This course has truly changed my buttercream game big time. I decided to invest in and take my craft seriously at the start of this year and rewatching this course was top on my list. I have to say, my cakes are already looking exponentially better. Thank you That for a well detailed course packed with value.

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Fantastic Course!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 12, 2020

I have enjoyed this course and gained so much knowledge in creating smooth sides & sharp edges on my cakes. All the tips and tricks are so valuable and I already feel more confident. I love the chocolate designs and watercolour cake chapters, such a lovely addition to any cake. The vanilla cake recipe supplied is delicious and wonderful for stacking a perfect cake! I’ve had lots of compliments. The buttercream recipe is not only delicious too but so easy to work with to create a perfectly smooth cake. Also, love the support offered by the facebook group and opportunity to get any issues or questions answered. Thank you so much!

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What You'll Learn

We’ll show you from start to finish the modern process in creating contemporary buttercream masterpieces.

Our aim is to set you up to work smarter, not harder.

Baking and cake decorating is still predominantly old school. In order to create modern cakes, you first need to carry a modern mindset. This means two things. One, moving away from the old, traditional way of learning. Two, valuing yourself – your physical and mental well being, your time, and your creative energy. Everything we teach you in this course is based around these philosophies. 

Everything you need to know to get yourself started the right way, including:

  • Essential tool list and brand recommendations
  • Ingredients & supplies list and brand recommendations
  • Understanding mixer attachments
  • Time management including example weekly schedule
  • Food safety overview
  • Suppliers list with discount codes

Learn the essentials in how to bake any cake correctly, including:

  • Understanding how to achieve certain cake structure
  • Understanding the roles of essential ingredients
  • How to bake perfectly tall cakes that don’t burn around the sides
  • The full DTC baking system
  • How to cut level cake layers with ease using various tools

Learn the essentials in how to work with meringue based buttercream, including:

  • Understanding the different types of buttercream
  • Understanding the roles essential ingredients in buttercream 
  • Understanding the role temperatures play in making & working with buttercream
  • How to fill and assemble a layered cake
  • How to achieve smooth buttercream sides & razor sharp edges
  • Colouring buttercream with gels and oils

Learn the foundation to work with different shapes and tiers with ease, including: 

  • How to cover a round cake and achieve smooth sides & razor sharp edges
  • How to cover a square cake and achieve razor sharp edges
  • Understanding structure when working with tiered cakes
  • How to assemble and stack a tiered cake
  • Storage and transporting tips

Once you’ve mastered the smooth sides and sharp edges, take your cake to the next level with modern buttercream finishes, including:

  • Our signature concrete buttercream finish
  • Our signature partial and full watercolour buttercream finishes

This is where you can really run wild with your creativity. Learn how to create various modern cake decorations, including:

  • Contemporary chocolate decorations: metallic sails, marbled sails, chocolate shapes

  • Fresh floral decorations

  • Edible gold leaf application

  • Edible paint splashes application

All systems and techniques taught in this course can be applied using any meringue based buttercream such as Swiss Meringue or Italian Meringue buttercream as well as any butter or pound cake recipes. 

Included are our own famous DTC recipes with all relevant charts. 

DTC Vanilla Cake Recipe, including:

  • Batter weights – how much batter is required for every cake size

  • Scaling ratios – ratios to scale the recipe for every cake size

  • Baking times – recommended baking times for corresponding cake size

  • Different stand mixer capacities – recipes for different stand mixer sizes

  • DTC Vanilla Cupcake & Baked Donut Recipes

  • Substitution possibilities such as eggfree, gluten free, brown sugar etc

DTC Buttercream Recipe, including: 

  • Buttercream quantities – how much buttercream is required to fill and cover every cake size
  • Flavour variations – 10 buttercream flavour recipes such as chocolate, cookies n cream, strawberry, tea infusions, brown sugar and more

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot should things not go according to plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our recipes, methods and processes are designed for maximum efficiency and will save you valuable TIME.

There’s a lot of valuable content here which can be overwhelming. We get it. To help you decide if this course is right for you, watch this video. (link to Is This Course Right for Me video)

The Bonus Content gives you access to our DTC buttercream recipe which is a meringue based recipe using whole eggs. All the techniques, processes, tips and tricks taught in this course can be applied to any meringue based buttercream such as Swiss or Italian buttercream. 

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!

For a comprehensive comparison of the two courses, click here

No, it doesn’t. The Bonus Content in this course gives you access to the DTC Vanilla Cake recipe. The 10+ flavour variation recipes are part of The Versatile Baker course. 

Course Delivery

Detailed written materials

Downloadable PDF documents in which EVERYTHING can be found from background information to recipes, step-by-step methods, pictorials, charts, tips & tricks etc.

Instructional videos

Straight to the point instructional videos with on-screen texts used to illustrate a particular technique.

Supplementary videos

Additional videos in which the instructor speaks to the camera to expand on useful tips.

Scheduled live Q&A sessions

Virtual live Q&A sessions where you can interact with the instructor and ask questions.

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