Hydrangea Cake Tutorial

filed under: Miscellaneous on March 23, 2011

Just in case anyone wanted to make their own Hydrangea Cake, here a a couple quick tips to make it easier for you!

First, I baked my cake. I just did a regular white cake with the lemon curd filling and lemon frosting. (Seriously delish.. and perfect for spring or Mothers Day!)

I used 8in pans then carved around the edges to make my ‘bouquet’ shape.

You can also bake cake in round pyrex bowl or basketball cake pan or something round.

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I then covered the cake in buttercream frosting and chilled it in the fridge.

For the flowers, I used the rest of my buttercream, making sure the consistency was on the thicker side. Pick the colors that you prefer, and create three of four variations for your petals.

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Using a #104 tip with the small edge out, I just piped out four petals to each flower.

I think the actual hydrangea petals are a bit more flat, so if you can master the tip you can create a more realistic looking petal!

(This was my first time trying this flower… I am hoping to improve more for next time… I also want to make this cake in white and pale pink… can’t you just see it???)

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I started with one color in one section then made a bunch of flowers overlapping each other again and again.

Then went back in with another color and started adding more flowers. Anytime I saw a flower that I didn’t think was good enough I just added a new one on top of it!

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This is a really forgiving and easy technique… you really can’t go wrong!

And when you are all done, you get this…

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Hope you will try it.

And be sure to leave a link and let me know if you did!

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  • Renee (kudos kitchen) says:

    Stunning! I saw this on Pioneer woman’s site. Congratulations on yet another feature Amanda!

  • Rochelle says:

    This is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous. Breathtaking.
    How do you make the petals?

  • Marialuisa says:

    I think I´ve gone twice over your cake, and everytime I look at it, it´s more beautiful. WOW!, congratulations. I love Hydrangeas, so this could be my favourite cake.
    Kisses from Spain
    Marialuisa

  • dah says:

    I love this cake so much, I was inspired to try it myself today. It didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours but I am happy with it and had fun doing it. Thanks!

  • M Patrick says:

    Wow – I am impressed, so beautiful and fairly simple – thank you for sharing

  • True Religion Jeans says:

    I used 8in pans then carved around the edges to make my ‘bouquet’ shape.
    You can also bake cake in round pyrex bowl or basketball cake pan or something round.

  • Patti says:

    I just spotted your wonderful cake! I think I will make cupcakes and bring them to my Mom. She ‘s in a nursing home.
    Not the big question is… how do I make sugar free buttercream?

  • Snohoney42 says:

    Awesome looking cake, this will be on my retirement List of things to do.

  • Alyssa says:

    I used your tutorial for a rose cake a few months ago and think I am going to have to try this one too. It is so beautiful! You do such an incredible job making incredibly beautiful cakes with relatively simple steps. Thank you!
    I really love the way you integrated the different colors.

  • Kristyn says:

    This cake is beautiful, very creative. Shared it with my sister and daughter(hoping she makes it for me for Mother’s Day)! So glad I came upon your tutorial, it’s terrific and I just love your commentary!

  • Christina says:

    This would be a wonderful cake for a bridal or baby shower, just customize the colors to fit the shower…sooo beautiful, I just love it!

  • lauren says:

    hi! beautiful cake! i want to make it for my mother next week! i am wondering if you baked 2 layers of the white cake you have linked, and cut them horizontally in half to make 4 layers or if you made 4 layers of that white cake. also, i’ve never shaped a cake before – any tips for dome-ing? or do you know of an online tutorial? thanks so much!

  • Mcmansfield says:

    Attempting to make this for Mother’s Day but in cupcake form. Bretton Woods housewives, I’m sure I’ll have enough for you too! I’m only sharing if they turn out decent. 🙂

  • Dana says:

    I failed. 🙁

  • Roseanna M. White says:

    A friend of mine forwarded me this recipe with a tongue-in-cheek request that I make it for her birthday (she lives about a thousand miles away, so that’s not likely, LOL). It was so pretty that I decided to make it for my grandmother’s instead. For a family gathering of that size, though, we need two cakes, so I first did a bundt cake with basket-weave icing, then set the hydrangea cake on top. Once I added some braid to finish the basket, it was fun and fabulous! You can see a (not fabulous) photo at http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/2011/05/word-of-week-memorial.html

  • Bonnie says:

    This is my first time on your blog and the attraction was your beautiful hydrangea cake post. The tutorial makes it so quick, easy and fun, even for a beginner. What a great summer party idea.
    I will be sure to add you to my blog: http://caketopperboutique.com/letsparty

  • Kelly says:

    Hi there!
    Kind of a silly question, but I just want to double check: is that two layers that you cut in half to make the four, or four separate layers?
    Thanks so much!!!

  • mary Franks says:

    Amanda,
    We are just wondering if you can share with us the wrist action with the 104 tip. We can’t get our petals to come out like yours. HELP!!!!
    M & B

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no5w43oHcDw
    Here is a video I like… hope it helps!

  • Pam says:

    Just gorgeous. And I agree w/ Jen you made it look easy and I’m not sure that I could duplicate it even close.

  • Jillian says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I tried a few of the flowers and after a little practice they started to look better…I wasn’t brave enough to do the whole cake but i’m pretty happy with the results
    http://foodiheart.blogspot.com/2011/08/brown-sugar-birthday-cake.html

  • Annie Skow says:

    Can’t you just picture setting this in some sort of hanging basket to display? ‘Cause I TOTALLY want to try that after seeing this cake. 😀
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Annies-Edibles/116612826086

  • Cupcakes Plain and Fancy says:

    So beautiful and creative! And the colors…wow! Just amazing!

  • Melissa Marro says:

    I wanted to let you know that I just linked to your tutorial in this post. For YOU – A bunch of flowers – one dozen flower tutorials – http://creatingthehive.com/blog-post/174849/for-you-a-bunch-of-flowers

  • Elizabeth C says:

    I love your blog, and this cake is one of my favorites! I made it a couple weeks ago for a bridal shower. Here is the address to see a few of the pictures:

    share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AcMWrFizctmbmo

    Thank you for the beautiful cake and tutorial!

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