This 3-layer Rosette cake is perfect for a little girl who loves frilly and pink! Don’t miss my famous Birthday Cake recipe as well as other Rose Cakes!

Birthday Cake

Our sweet Audrey has a December birthday. She is destined to share her special day with the red and green accents of Christmas and to receive the dreaded “two-fer” gifts.

So this year for her third birthday, I wanted to make her a cake that was all about her.

I asked her what she wanted.

Showed her pictures of cakes from previous years, let her dream and wish to her heart’s delight.  It could be any color.  With any embellishment.

She picked the cake with the most possible frosting!

She is clearly her mother’s daughter.

I wanted the cake to do double duty, so I made the top her “smash” cake.  We can remove it when it comes time to eat so she has her very own pink princess cake.  Since the roses are so easy to do, I will bring a bag of white frosting with me and just quick add some to the top before everyone else’s pieces are served.  (Here is the Rose Cake Tutorial)

She hasn’t actually seen it yet (as I hope to surprise her with it tomorrow) but I hope she likes it!


You can also see my version of a Royal Wedding Rose Cake and the Original Rose Cake!



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Reader Comments

  1. My birthday is December 20th. When I was a child (I’m 26 now) we always celebrated my birthday at the beginning of December to help separate it from Christmas, make it its own special day to celebrate. That helped avoid the “two-fer” presents. Also to help people have the time to make it to my birthday parties, since it is so close to Christmas and there are endless Christmas parties around my actual birthday day.

    One year a relative made a big deal about how we never celebrated my birthday on my birthday. So my mom decided that we would try it and see what happened. There wasn’t a very good turnout and the relative who made a big stink about it didn’t show up either. Needless to say, we never did that again.

    Of course my parents and siblings always celebrated on my birthday too, which made it more special because it was just us. I enjoyed celebrating me all month long 😉

  2. Wow! I was searching the net for ideas for my daughter’s 1st birthday. We’re planning a cake smash, so I wanted a soft floral pattern and came accross this. I absolutely loved it and then I read your blog. My daughter’s name is Audrey too, so it looks like this was meant to be!

    Thanks so much for this!

  3. I am brand new to this, and I am so excited to try this cake for my daughters first birthday cake!! What girl doesn’t love flowers!? =) thank you for showing an easy way for me to look like I am a decent cake decorator. I only do cakes for my family but I love it!

  4. hi there.. lovely cake 🙂

    would love to try to make it… may I ask the circumference of each tier? 🙂

      1. oh awesome 🙂 thank you sooo much! This cake is my inspiration.. 😉 I’m doing this for a garden party next week 🙂 did you use pound cake? 🙂 what is the height per cake/tier?

  5. This is perfect! My daughter will be 1 this month and her middle name is Rose after my grandmother. I’ve debated about several ideas for her cake, and I think this one is the best one with the smash cake on top. Love it!

    Thank you for sharing your cakes and the tutorial.

    1. I finished my daughter’s cake! I’m so excited about this. I used your suggestion on the tutorial page for the color mist and layered pink and red. It’s beautiful! Thanks again for sharing!

  6. I just made this cake for a bridal shower last night….. the bride loved it she decided to change her wedding cake to the rose cake for her very tall 5 tier cake!! i was thrilled b/c this cake is so beautiful and SUPER easy to make! Thank you I am baker 😀

      1. I just made a 4 tier wedding cake w/the rose cake pattern…. was wondering if i could send you a pic> it turned out great! The bride is a good friend of mine and she is a cancer survivor!

        1. Hi! How do ur rose cake manage not to slide down or fall apart while in transit? Can u share some tips? Thanks!

  7. You do beautiful elegant cakes. I enjoy seeing your work. I have 2 questions. Do the roses that are on the side of the cake slide down/shift during transit, do u secure them with anything.

    1. That is exactly my problem. I made 2 rose cakes. The first, fell apart one by one during transit & d other,It did slide down one by one during transit.
      What can we do about it? Pls help us… Thanks!

      1. So sorry! When you are making the rose cake do you start at the bottom and build up? Are you using a recipe that has crisco in it or that is very chilled?

        1. Hi! Yup, i start at d bottom, lastly on top. I use shortening that can be bought in a baking supplies store near us. Its a wholesaler store for bakers. Crisco is very expensive here in d Phils.
          I use the wilton buttercream frosting recipe but i use 1/2 c butter & 1/2 c shortening just d right consistency for piping.

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  8. Hi! I jaz discovered ds website today. But i already made 2 rose cake designs ds july. One for a wedding & for a christening. Rose cake design is really my favorite. But i have a problem w/ this. The frosting on the sides are falling apart.
    On my first rose cake w/c was for d wedding, i used buttercream frosting( wilton) recipe but i used half shortening & half butter. It turned out well, it was jaz d right stiff consistency that i needed but d frosting on d sides fell apart one by one while it was on d way to d venue, while travelling.

    For my 2nd attempt for a christening, i adjusted my frosting recipe to med consistency, so it turned out creamier & softer. But it fell apart aswell.
    I even spread frosting around d cake before doing d rose frosting to stick on it. What should i do to make it perfect w/o d rose frosting falling apart? Thanks!

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