I still love getting magazines. I know they are supposedly not as popular now that everything is available online, but I love thumbing through a magazine with a cup of good coffee and a comfortable sofa.

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake

One of my favorite magazines to get in the mail is HGTV Magazine. And do you know what my favorite part of it is?

The cover.

They have amazing covers. It never fails to inspire me or bring a smile to my face.

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV


This cake is completely inspired by their April issue.


That floral centerpiece drew me in immediately. Here is it a bit closer.


I just knew I had to make it into a cake!!

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV

I have to tell you, this is my very first time making free-form buttercream flowers. I must have made a hundred! I had them on paper plates and parchment paper all over the kitchen, testing out decorators tips and the perfect frosting consistency.

It was SO MUCH FUN. I am totally addicted.

Here is the run down on tips for making this cake:

I used this white cake recipe. I tinted three cups of the batter yellow and the remaining orange.

The cakes were all baked in 6-inch round cake pans and leveled to the same height. I chilled the cakes prior to assembly. (Be warned, this is a tall cake!)

I used white buttercream between the layers. (half recipe) The buttercream between the layers is a creamier consistency than the flowers. For the flowers I used this crusting buttercream recipe, which is much more sturdy. The flowers hold their shape much better.

I tinted the frosting 4 different shades of pink by using varying amounts of one bottle of pink Ateco gel food coloring. Using mostly the tear drop shaped decorators tip, I piped out roses and daisies and a bunch of other blobs that look like flowers but that I do not know a specific name for.  I would pipe out a flower, set it on the plate or parchment, then freeze it until ready to assemble.

There was a bit of yellow and green for embellishment and details.

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV

If you have made a layer cake than this will be an easy assembly! If you have ever taken a course on cake decorating or even watched buttercream flower video’s on youtube (that’s all I did!) then you CAN make this cake.

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV

I am going to try and put together a little tutorial for the flowers and assembly, as that was a bit trickier than I had imagined. Hope to get that up soon!

Looking forward to next month’s HGTV magazine!

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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 have to ask… How did you get such a crisp-looking slice? It’s all gorgeous!!! I don’t really care for fondant, so to me this is THE most beautiful cake!!!!

  2. My first words were, “holy moly!” My second thought was wondering how to make the details in those petals and the creativity in the layers. You really have such a wonderful talent for cakes. Stunning!

  3. I am the same way. . I love thumbing through a magazine with a cup of good coffee . . I still believe in magazines!! 🙂 this cake is gorgeous! can’t wait for the video on how to make these beautiful flowers!

  4. This cake is a work of art! It came out absolutely beautiful. Everything about this cake is lovely!

  5. This is jaw-droppingly STUNNING, Amanda! You are so talented! Teach me your ways (and invite me over for cake? ;)).

  6. This cake is just stunning! Love those perfect layers and those gorgeous flowers!

  7. I’m the same way Amanda, I looooove thumbing through magazines, even they might not be as popular now, I like holding it and thumbing through the pages. This cake is so beautiful, and such a great representation of the cover centerpiece!

  8. This is incredible!! I’ve never seen such a beautifully decorated cake! You have a special gift, Amanda. The flowers look so realistic!

  9. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this might be my favorite cake of yours yet, which is a bit like picking a favorite child, impossible and shouldn’t really be done, but WOW. This is a knockout of a cake. LOVE! And I love magazines. I won’t lie, that’s always the upside to going to the doctor or dentist, I’m completely content to sit and look at magazines. 🙂

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