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 am not a baker by any means, but I saw this and am now inspired to do this for my mom on mothers day. Keep doing what you do, its people like you who inspire others to get up and do something creative and fun!! Keep posting things like this!!

  2. O bolo é fabuloso, sou brasileira e é a primeira vez que vejo esse bolo e você permitir erei publica-lo no meu facebook e tenho certeza que será uma grande novidade. Obrigada!!!

  3. Love Love Love your cakes. I have made your rose cake, thanks for the great ideas and instructions, you make me look like I know what I am doing 🙂
    I would do this cake for Memorial Day or 4th of July, but I just don’t care for all the food coloring.

  4. Hello. Your video is so easy! Thanks! By the way, which frosting did you use? Was it buttercream? Do you have a recipe? Thanks again!

  5. I was really inspired by your rose cake and made a rose cake on my son’s second burthday. I would like to share the photo of the cake. Thank u for sharing such lovely decorations.

  6. Thank you, thank you!!! I have been searching for a tutorial and yours was the one that answered my questions. I appreciate your efforts to help people out. 🙂

  7. can someone please tell me what size cake tin have been used and how tall the cake is please? i need to make a cake exactly like this and have had so much trouble finding the right layer height and cake tin size. Thanks in advance 🙂


  8. I want to make a giant rose swirl that covers the whole side of a wedding cake in one large rose swirl filling top to bottom.

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