Daffodil Cake Tutorial

filed under: Cakes on May 2, 2012

Did you want to know how you can make this fun cake?

I put together a tutorial for you!  But instead of on a cake I put them on cupcakes.

I hope you are able to translate the look into any medium that you want!

Make your favorite flavor cupcakes.  Then make a batch of crusting buttercream frosting.  I halved this recipe.  I then tinted 2/3 of it yellow and the remaining 1/3 orange.

For the petals I used #127 tip, but you can also use a #104 tip.  For the center and the little stamens, I used a #10 and a #3 tip.

To make the base of your flower, start by piping out a petal.   With the smallest edge of your tip facing out, apply light pressure to the bag and allow to tip to form the petal.  Try to let some of the petal tips hang over the edge of your cupcake.

Repeat five times.  Then move on to next cupcake and repeat process again.

If you look at a real daffodil, their petals are pointed.  Since I was unable to get the point I wanted from the #127 tip, I decided to just go back and do it by hand. (I also tried a leaf tip and was not successful at that either)

So to get the point I dipped my fingers in powder sugar and just pressed in.  Easy peasy.  To do a dozen cupcakes took about 10 minutes.


Now get out the orange frosting and the #10 open round tip.  I just piped out a center that was about an inch high.

Do this to all your cupcakes.

Place them in the freezer for five minutes or fridge for half an hour.

Now switch from the #10 tip to a #3 tip. (#2, #4, and #5 all work just as well!)  Starting at the bottom, bring your tip to the top of the center portion and quickly pull away.  This should leave a nice little bit of frosting extending just above the center.

Pick up your yellow frosting and #127 tip again.  With the smallest edge pointing up and starting at the center start piping around.

I found it easiest to pick up the cupcake and turn it around in my hand as I was piping.  If you want you can go back in and (gently) press the top edge down and out.  This helps to better replicate a real daffodil.

After having made a cake already, it took me about 30 minutes to do two dozen cupcakes.

After posting my Daffodil Cake here, on facebook, and Pinterest, I was able to learn about so many ways that we use the Daffodil in charitable organizations and as a message of hope.  Thank you for sharing what Daffodils mean to you!



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  • Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking says:

    Wow, would never have thought of that with the buttercream. Looks so beautiful and love how you pulled away the buttercream in the centre, really does resemble a stunning daffodil. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much sweet Lisa!!

  • Nicki says:

    Thank you so much for yet another beautifully shot and stunningly crafty tutorial! When I saw the cake in your last post I was sure I was looking at fondant flowers with some intricate shading and all kinds of different steps in the process of creating the daffodils. I love how you make the coolest things look so, so simple!
    (I tried your rose-cake technique, by the way. With the right kind of frosting my roses would have looked g r e a t…!)

  • Paula says:

    Great tutorial! Love how you made these.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Paula!

  • Karyn - Pint Sized Baker says:

    Lovely!! So pretty and delicate! They just brighten up my day!

  • Teresa says:

    `Thank you so much 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      You are so welcome! Be blessed!

  • Pilar HG says:

    Wooow! Amazing tutorial! Thanks a lot for sharing! I’ll have tro try soon… let’s see how it goes.. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Cant wait to see… I am sure they will be lovely! 🙂

  • Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    I love the cupcakes! What a pretty and simple idea for cake. Love!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety!

  • Londa says:

    Beautiful! We just got a new camera, so I’m not sure if this is how to use this new-to-me word, but nice aperture!?! Love your photography! (need a tutorial!)

  • Ann P. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers! So creative and skilled, these are. 😀

  • Courtney @educatedderelicts says:

    Wow stunning! Very effective… I love yellow 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you for sharing!!!!

  • Courtney says:

    PERFECT timing for Mother’s day!! This is beautiful, thank you!

  • Di @ Life is Di-licious says:

    Great tutorial. Previously I would said you couldn’t make daffodils from buttercream but I’m delighted to be proved wrong.

    These would be fantastic for a Cancer Council fundraising morning tea. I have one at the end of the month – I’m going to have to give them a go! (any excuse to buys some more decorating tips).

    Which Americolour / Wilton colours did you use to tint your buttercream with?

    • Amanda says:

      I used Americolor Egg Yellow for the orange and Lemon yellow.to color my buttercream. Happy baking to you! 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Wow, these look amazing. Thank you for the in-depth tutorial. I”d love to try these out one day.

  • Windy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m going to have to come up with something to use these on for sure. They’re so fresh and springy looking that I can’t stand it. Might have to do cupcakes first though so I can practice and eat the ones I screw up, hehe. 🙂

  • marla says:

    These are such pretty cakes Amanda!! Love those sunny daffodils 🙂

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    Amanda, you really are just so talented. I’m so glad you’re my friend 🙂 I just wish we lived closer to one another!

    • Amanda says:

      That would be a dream! You could cook and bake for me and I could eat it! Oh wait, thats not very fair is it? 😉

  • Andrea says:

    I love this so much! Thank you for the tutorial!

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} says:

    I can only dream one day I’ll be able to make such a beautiful cake. Everything you make is perfect Amanda! You’re so talented and creative!

  • Lynn J says:

    These are adorable! Thank-you for sharing.

  • gulnaz tahir says:

    its very amazing……very very nice work…..i m from pakistan and want to be baker cauz my childrens r very slow

  • tanya1234 says:

    luv it thankxxxx alot

  • Pili says:

    Oh my! I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for this tutorial, I can’t wait to try it!

  • cakeboule says:

    So beautiful – I have not seen that before and in internet terms thst is compliment!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Excellent tutorial, Amanda. I love the daffodils on the cupcakes!!