How to Pipe a Buttercream Peony

filed under: Decorating on May 22, 2015

Peony’s are definitely one of my favorite flowers! It’s a close race between hydrangea and peony, but usually, peony wins. I think it’s because they offer up so much variation and color and style. Just so darn stunning!

Buttercream Pink Peony

How to Pipe a Buttercream Peony

I took my inspiration from this image:


This is from Clemson University. The peonies were prepared by Karen Russ, HGIC Horticulture Specialist.

I love how the petals seem to curve and wrap over themselves, so I tried to replicate that as best possible.

Now, I am definitely new to this whole piping out flowers things. Remember, I started piping with the 1M tip and did no less than 47,745 rosettes before even considering piping out a petal on petal on petal buttercream flower!

That being said, I am sure there are better ways out there. This is just how I did it. 🙂

I used this recipe for my buttercream.

The tip is a #123 from Ateco.

How to Pipe a Buttercream Pink Peony

Place the tip in the bag and then add 1-2 tablespoons of white buttercream to one side.

Fill the remainder of the bag with pink buttercream.

Start with a blob of frosting on your cupcake/cookie/cake. With the smallest edge of the tip pointing up, start at the bottom of the blob and move over it. Repeat this over and over again (while rotating the cupcake/cookie/cake), building up and around the base.

(all of these are shown on the video above)

My flowers were piped onto this awesome chocolate cookie. (seriously fabulous recipe!)

How to Pipe a Buttercream Pink Peony

So that is my version of a peony! I am having fun experimenting and making them bigger, smaller, different colors, everything!

You can see more flowers on this Spring Layer Cake I did!

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  • Charlotte Moore says:


    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • rebecca | DisplacedHousewife says:

    You make it look so easy!! These are gorgeous!! xx

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Peonies are my favorite flower too. Your cookies are beautiful!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Peonies are my favorite flower too. Your cookies are beautiful!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Love it! It’s gorgeous!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda! I love this!!! I’ve been waiting for this video. . love love love and going to try! you are my HERO! 🙂

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    You’re a magician. <3

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Ooo I needed this! Definitely going to try for my daughter’s birthday!

  • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says:

    I wish I could be a fly on the wall of your kitchen and watch you work. Or, if it’s less creepy, I wish I could ask you for lessons in person. You’re so talented with your baking and decorating; it would be a dream come true to learn from you!

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    I love that you added the little bit of white inside to get the variation in color! Great idea. I love peonies, and I am going to try this next time I get the urge to pipe flowers. SO pretty!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    So pretty!

  • Heather C says:

    I’ve been a reader of your blog and enjoy your posts. The piped peony is just gorgeous! They’re my favorite flower, ties with roses and lilacs. All of which were in my bridal bouquet eleven years ago.

    • Heather C says:

      Tied, not ties!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks says:

    I could just watch this over and over and over. SO pretty!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    I am SO in love with this tutorial Amanda! My sister in law is having her bridal shower and I’m going to take a stab at making this!

  • Christine says:

    This looks amazing! And I am in awe of your piping skills Amanda…wish I had your patience

  • Tina says:

    Wiill be trying this!

  • Charlene says:

    Hi, your recipes looks so yummy.