How To Elevate Your Buttercream

Take your buttercream from good to WOW! Okay, so you’re feeling pretty confident about your buttercreams skills and now you’re ready to take it to the next level? 

Flavoring your buttercream is one of the best ways to elevate your cakes. We’ve included our top 5 recipes to try out below (they’re definitely spatula licking worthy)! Each one has a completely different flavor profile and can be mixed and matched with different cakes. Our second tip is using different piping techniques! You can use a variety of techniques to add detailing, create texture, or even add dimension to your cakes. Our How To Pipe It Kit features a 29-piece piping tip set which gives you a world of options (as well as three reusable piping bags). Check it out for endless piping possibilities and transform all of your cakes! 

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  • Our Coffee Buttercream is infused with a strong coffee syrup for that extra shot of flavor. Coffee and chocolate make a delicious pairing, so we recommend trying this buttercream recipe withYo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake. Not a chocolate person? Yo’s Vanilla Toffee Cake is another great option ;).

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Here’s a taste of tropical living! Our Spice Island Buttercream is one of the most flavorful recipes with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon folded in, plus a hint of brandy. Keep the tropical flavors going, and pair it with either Yo’s Coconut Cake or even Yo’s Banana Cake. Close your eyes, take a bite, and be transported to a Carribean paradise!

    Get the full recipe here.

  • This recipe is berry delicious! Berry season is one of the sweetest times of year and there’s nothing better than adding fresh berries to cake… it’s a fact! This Strawberry Buttercream will give your cake a fresh twist. Pair it with Yo’s Ultimate Vanilla Cake for a classic flavor combo or try it with Red Velvet Cake for a coordinated look. If strawberries aren’t your fave, you can swap them out of the recipe for any fruit!

    Get the full recipe here.

  • If you like piña coladas, you’ll love this recipe! Our Piña Colada Buttercream features a blend of pineapples, coconut cream, and a dash of rum for taste! Go all out tropical and pair it with Yo’s Coconut Cake for the full piña colada experience! 

    Get the full recipe here.

  • This Brown Sugar Buttercream is rich and creamy and holds the classic flavour of Swiss Meringue Buttercream but with a hint of caramel tones from the brown sugar.  It easily substitutes any classic buttercream so try it out with your fave cake recipe such as Yo’s Sweet Potato Cake.

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Striped cakes are really having a moment in the baking world right now so why not try it out for yourself! These crisp and clean buttercream lines can completely transform any cake - especially when done well (and honestly just make every cake look a little more fun)! Our 4-sided cake comb is THE go-to tool for acheiving a smooth buttercream finish - it includes 1 flat edge (perf for getting those clean, sharp edges) and 3 different patterns to create gorgeous striped cakes! 

    Click here to check it out.

  • Nothing spruces up a simple buttercream cake better than some beautifully piped decorations! Using various piping techniques can really transform a regular cake to an out of this world masterpiece - and it’s so simple to do! Our How To Pipe It Kit features 29 piping tips, 3 reusable piping bags, and a storage case to keep them all organized so you'll never be caught digging through drawers or wishing you had a different tip again. Inside this kit you’ll find:

    • Closed Star Nozzles: (NZ24, 27, 30)
    • Basketweave Nozzles: (NZ44, 47)
    • Drop Flower Nozzles: (NZ140, 217)
    • Leaf Nozzles: (NZ67, 70)
    • Petal Nozzles: (NZ59, 61, 63, 101, 103, 104)
    • pen Star Nozzles: (NZ13, 18)
    • Speciality Nozzles: (NZ77, 95, 96, 98)
    • Round Nozzles: (NZ2, 4, 10)
    • Ruffle Nozzles: (NZ88)
    • Also Includes: 2 JEM Flower Nails and a Coupler

    The possibilities are endless with this kit! Click here to check it out!

    Make sure to share your cakes with us on social! Tag us @howtocakeit on Instagram so we can find your buttercream creations and reshare. :)


    If you’re ready to up your baking some more or even pick up some new skills, we are offering hot and fresh #BakeYouHappy live tutorials with new classes launching each week! We’ve teamed up with tons of awesome dessert artists from sugar cookie decorating experts to mini treats enthusiasts and everyone in between to bring the sweetest classes! There is truly something for everyone. Check them out here!

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