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. says

    Question: Did you spray the roses before or after you put the cake in the fridge to set?
    This really is one of the most gorgeous creations I have seen. I do have a 1M tip and will definitely make this my next decorated cake. My mind is racing right now on what else to do with these swirls… topiaries in green and little pink flowers… roses interspersed with the vertical ribbons…edible glitter added for snow on the roses… WOW.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. says

    So simple yet so stunning! You’re right, roses on top of cupcakes have been going on for ages, it makes sense to do the same on a cake.
    This is absolutely gorgeous. I could see it as a wedding cake too.
    Brilliant! 😀

  3. steff says

    Im shocked at how easy yet so elegant this method makes a cake look! Im too excited to try this…thanks for sharing !!!

  4. says

    The cake took my breath away… awesome job and your directions almost make me think I could do it even though I am a rotten cake decorator. I can’t think of a better cake for valentines or any time!

  5. linda says

    the tutorial is FANTASTIC!
    i am s o o o excited to try this…& look forward to the vertical layering (which i am trying to imagine how to create & just cannot!)….
    thanks so much!

  6. says

    This cake is so easy! I was thinking you made roses with a rose tip and a nail and put them on. I would have gone about this the hard way instead of your sneaky genius way.

  7. colleen says

    I really can’t waitto try this. I need to start practicing for march. I think I will try the practice round for Valentine’s day. :O) Woohoo I think I can I think I can I think I can

  8. Happy Cook says

    Wowo beautiful, I have seen thise color mist and didint know what they are used for. Wish i could make roses like this.


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