Did you know that the Rose is the National Flower?

“The rose was designated the official flower and floral emblem of the United States of America in 1986”


Patriotic Rose Cake (the Original!)

People have been asking for over a year now for a video tutorial for the Rose Cake.  After posting the Neapolitan Rose Cake a week ago and getting a few more requests, I finally did it!

While I will probably still refer folks to my original tutorial, this little video shows you a couple fun things:

1. How to make it with different colors. (So this will apply to the Neapolitan Cake as well as any Ombre effect you might desire)

2. Just how quick and easy it is.

This video is mostly in real time.  You really truly can frost a cake like this in less than 10 minutes.  And if you are making all one color it is even quicker.

As you can tell, I made this cake in honor of patriotism… Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Flag Day, an Inauguration, basically any occasion that red white and blue is appropriate!

Patriotic Rose Cake (the Original!)


How I prepare to frost a Rose Cake:

I get all my frosting’s ready and place in plastic disposable pastry bags.

I then prepare a bag with a 1M tip in it for every color I am using. Here I used three colors, so I had three bags ready.  You can go through a lot of frosting making those roses, and its good to have an extra bag ready to switch out.

Also, I really didn’t do a crumb coat. I have done it with and without a crumb coat and find they both work. The reason I can get away with not doing a crumb coat is because I tend to squish my roses together to avoid any dead space.

When making the bottom layer of blue roses around the cake, I tried to stop applying pressure at the top of my rose, where the next layer would be covering.  Then simply go right over that edge on your next row.  Overlapping is a very good thing with this cake!

As you can see in the video, I went fast and didn’t worry about perfection with each individual rosette.

If you didn’t like how one of your roses looked, simply wipe it off the cake and re-pipe it.  Easy peasy! 🙂

There is no editing (other than exposure/color) done to the pictures I have posted.  (The pictures were actually taken with my phone.) It’s the same cake in the pictures and video.

The ending cake is still pretty good, even though you saw many errors throughout the video.  That is just a testimony to how forgiving the Rose Technique is!

A few have asked, so here is a link to the gel food coloring I use to achieve such deep colors!

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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. I love the outlook of this cake. I have to made a birthday cake for a friend of mine and I will try to make it in brown, white and pink. Wish me luck!! Thanks your tutorials, they are sooo clear it all looks easy!! Kisses from Spain!!

  2. I was curious what you use to color your frosting? I have been using the gel colors that you can find at Walmart or Michael’s and I can never get a true color. Mainly the blue and red are my issues. I just can’t seem to get the deep colors. I’m afraid if I put to much color it will change the flavor of the frosting. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  3. I love rose cakes. They are simply beautiful! I am wondering how you made your red frosting? I have tried the no taste red and red-red dyes and still my frosting is pink. Help please!!

    1. Thanks! When I made the first Original Rose Cake in 2011 I had no idea people would love it so much! I use Ateco or Americolor food coloring for my deep red. 🙂

  4. This is an awesome video and you make it look extremely easy! I will definitely be trying this in the near future…can’t promise it will come out looking quite as good as that though lol! 🙂

  5. Beautiful! Is there a reason you use 2 disposable decorating bags? (one cut with icing, and one with the tip?). I have never seen this technique. Just curious…. ; )

  6. How much icing did you use to do the rose cake (without crumb coat)? Looks so pretty, want to try this weekend for dinner with friends

  7. it looks good and delicious… but it looks like the national flag of Netherlands hehe.. but I love all your cakes.. i’m a new fan of yours 😉

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