Simple pink rosettes adorn this light blue cake designed just for mom!

You CAN do easy DIY flowers on a cake! This technique makes even the most beginning of bakers look like professionals!

How to make an easy cake that will make mom cry those big HAPPY tears!

Let me tell you about this cake.

It was supposed to be really simple. Easy. No-fuss. Quick. Done.

It was none of the above. Not because it is a complicated cake, but because nothing went according to plan.

I had this idea in mind… I wanted to create a cake for my MIL that would be specific to her in every way. The colors she loves with flowers she loves and flavors she loves.

Well. The colors did not turn out right. The frosting had so many air holes in it I was going cross-eyed. The design was not working out. The crumb coat and final coat we so flawed and every trick I tried to fix them was making it worse.

It was a bad baking day.

How to make an easy cake that will make mom cry those big HAPPY tears!

I finally gave up. Or, gave in.

I set that horribly crumb coated cake in front of me and vowed to decorate it anyway.

I was determined to not let the pesky bad-decorating details get in the way of the message.

Because truly, that is what is important about this cake.

How to make an easy cake that will make mom cry those big HAPPY tears!

What is the message?

Each large light pink flower represents one of my MIL’s kids. She has 3 boys.

Each of the medium darker pink flowers represents a grandchild. She has 10!

And each of the white mini rosettes is a prayer we (as a family) prayed for her. A blessing!

Each and every beautiful flower was a symbol of someone living on this earth that loves her dearly, that appreciates her, and thanks for her not only the woman she is but the family she raised.

How to make an easy cake that will make mom cry those big HAPPY tears!

Just in case you want to make this cake too, here are the details:

Cake  Carrot Cake

Frosting Whipped Cream Cheese (Instead granulated sugar I used 2 cups of confectioners sugar. Pay special attention to the consistency. If too ‘loose’ add in more sugar.)

red food color (different amounts for dark pink, pink, and light pink)

blue + yellow food color (for the leaves, I only had about 1/2 cup of frosting total)

pastry bags

1M tip or a large open star tip

#70 leaf tip

I share how to make a rosette cake here. (See all my rose cakes here– I have about a hundred tutorials!)

See a VIDEO of how I made this cake on my facebook page!

How to make an easy cake that will make mom cry those big HAPPY tears!

So in spite of all the errors and mistakes… I think this Mother’s Day Cake will be a really special and significant gift!

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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. Beautiful cake and especially love the meaning behind the flowers! You rock Amanda! Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  2. I think you are wonderfully creative. I am enjoying your posts very much. Happy Mother’s day to you.💖

  3. Hi, can you please tell me what size tip you used for the small pale pink rosettes? Also, what large tip did you use in the video making the small rosettes in just one squeeze on the Harvest cake? It looks so easy and that’s what I need. Thank you. I love your recipes, thanks for sharing

  4. I love this cake regardless your so called imperfections. I wanted to ask what brand and color did you use on the cake itself ??? It’s a beautiful turquoise color. Thanks, Angie Reneau

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