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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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