Rose Cake Tutorial

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SO excited to share with you how easy it is to make the rose cake. (Video tutorial HERE.  In four minutes I frost an entire three layer Rose Cake!)

Seriously, once you see you are going to run right out, buy a 1M tip, and make one.

That or go back to work. Or bed. Or whatever it was you were doing before I interrupted you.

Ok, here we go!

There were two main components to this cake.

The vertical layer interior and the frosting rose exterior.


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I am going to do a vertical layer tutorial at a different time, (updated: you can see it HERE) as I did not get any pictures of it this go around and it is IMPOSSIBLE to explain without pictures. What I can tell you is, I did not make a sponge cake that I simple rolled up. I actually made two separate cakes and assembled them into the vertical layer pattern.

Now for the frosting rose tutorial!

I promise you, this could NOT be easier. Bakers have been putting frosting roses on cupcakes forever by simply using a 1M decorators tip. That is all I did!!

(I need to mention… before I froze my cake I poured a simple syrup over it. This helped to retain moisture as well as assist in binding the layers together… just be careful to not use to much!)

Start with your cake. I put a good crumb coat on… as in, a crumb coat that conceals the cake underneath. It can be sloppy and uneven, but you should not be able to see what color the cake is.


Put your 1M tip (or any large open star tip) into the pastry bag then fill it up with buttercream frosting.


If you have an appropriately sized coupler you can use that, or you can just insert the tip into the bag and cut off the excess.


To make your rose, start in the center, then slowly move your tip in a circle around the center point. I wanted a single rose to span the side of the cake so I looped around my center point twice.

Try to end in the same place each time.


Go all the way around the cake and complete with one last rose!


This is how it looks after completing the circumference of the cake.


Then go back and add the roses to the top using the same method.


When making flowers that big, you are bound to have some ‘dead’ space in there. Can you see that big empty spot up there?

My first instinct was to go back in and add dollops of stars… but I think I found a better way!


Instead go in and make a swoop with your tip. (try and go in the same direction as the rose right next to it)

In the overall design it seems to fit in better then the star dollop!


At least, I hope so anyway. :)

Now… if you are really adventurous and want to add some color to your cake…


You can pick up some of these.


I did a light dusting of yellow then went back over it with the pink. I have to admit, all white is still my favorite, but I love the flexibility of being able to add some color.

I think a deep red would be stunning on a Valentines Day cake! If you try that, be sure to send pictures! Or just add it to my flickr group!

Here are my tips to finding success:

1. Use a good crusting buttercream recipe. I used my new favorite and loved how it worked. You will want to make sure the frosting is not creamy though… for the tutorial cake I used a creamier version and the roses did not holdtheirshape as well.

2. Make sure you have enough frosting! Those roses use a lot… I would make the whole batch of the above recipe.

3. Put your cake in the fridge after you are done with decorating to help them set up and retain their shape.

4. Have FUN with it! Those roses are so forgiving. But if you find that you really dislike how they are turning out, just scrape them off and start over!

Cant wait to see what you do!

And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to let me know.


You can also see Audrey’s Rose Birthday Cake and my Royal Wedding Cake!

Thank you for much for viewing and commenting the Original Rosette/Rose Cake that I created.  Although many have stolen this idea and passed it off as their own, I can assure you that I was the Original.  Thanks!




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  1. amy g. says

    My daughter doesn’t really like buttercream but wants a rose cake. I’ve thought of making a cream cheese/whipping cream icing. Have you ever done that and had it hold up vertically on a layer cake? Would you recommend doing a buttercream crumb coat as a base? Please give me your advice! I have 4 days till the big day!

  2. Beth says

    Hey Amanda! Love this! I’m the “baker chick” in the family, and I need to make my baby brother’s 1st birthday cake on Saturday. While, I’m not going to make rosettes, (duh. lol) I wanted to use this tip to make a “shell pattern” as a border around the cake. I was just wondering if you’d know whether this tip would work without a coupler in a ziploc bag? Thank you so much! God bless you and your family!

    In His Service,

  3. deborah says

    hi these roses look amazing and i immediately went out to buy the stuff for the rose spritz cookies. i used a 1M tip but as i piped the roses the edges of the roses were not smooth like in your pictures, they were broken up… i.e. the lines of the petals stopped and started and the roses looked awful. i ended up baking the pastry in a blob :-(
    i would like to give it another try though so can you tell me what i did wrong? how can i get beautiful roses like yours?

    • says

      Hi Deborah~ I am so sorry for any issues! Sounds like the dough was a bit dry, which is very common with spritz cookies. You can add a bit more liquid to get it more pliable, then after you have piped them, pop into the freezer for about 10 minutes. They should bake up perfectly!

  4. Louise says

    So beautiful. I will make the roses on a cake soon. Do you know if it is possible to make the roses day before and keep the cake in the fridge?
    Best Louise

  5. Ashlee says

    How much does your frosting recipe make? 1 qt? I’m planning to make a two-layer round cake and am wondering if one batch is enough?


  6. LisaQ says

    I have been experimenting with a smaller version of this decorating technique, but I’m having trouble finding a decorating tip that replicates the 1M tip effect on a smaller scale (maybe 50% size). Do you have a recommendation for tip to use that will make a similar flower on a smaller scale (i.e. for a 4″ cake)? The first time I did a 4″ cake I used my 1M on it, but I’d like to try a smaller rosette. The standard Wilton tips I’m finding have grooves that are too shallow, resulting in a ridged tube rather than the petal-effect. Thanks so much! This is my absolute favorite decorating technique! Everyone raves, and I just smile because it’s the easiest decorating method ever!

    • says

      Hi Lisa- I agree, I have also experimented with other tips and not found one smaller that I really like. At least not from Wilton. Would be worth it to checkout other manufacturers! :)

  7. says


    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! You gave me the confidence to make my first decorated cake . . . which has gone from a growing hobby to a business, along with a website and blog! The rose cake was one of the first decorated cakes I ever made, along with the frilly cake. You are such an inspiration to those of us who are just starting out!

  8. Marilyn Carlson says

    I used to be a wedding cake decorator and I would have given a lot to do this on a cake. It is so beautiful and you are very creative. Keep up the beauty!

  9. Isabella says

    Hello! Quick question- when you said “Instead go in and make a swoop with your tip.” what exactly do you mean? Did you just make an extra loop around your rose? Great tutorial-Thanks!

  10. Debbie says

    So you then are Marie Kason? who invented the 1M in 1985 to create light pressure piping for big decorating impact? Congratulations on having a tip named after you! I just read how you invented this tip for the rosettes and shells.

    • says

      No! I did not invent the 1M tip. I am the first person to use it to decorate an entire cake. Everyone had only used it for tops or borders before that. :)


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