Creating my signature rosette cake is quick and easy~ any level of baker can do it! And you should. You really should!

My Signature Rosette Cake!

This sweet little cake is yellow. Don’t you love when I state the obvious?

I created a fun little surprise with this unassuming little cake~

Sorry the video gets a little dark at the end… we had a crazy fast rain storm come through and the sky turned ominous and dark!

Tips for success:

I did a rough crumb coat on the cake (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!) using this buttercream recipe tinted yellow with McCormick® liquid food coloring. (I tinted 1/4 cup black with gel food coloring) The crumb coat will be covered by the rosettes. I do a thin crumb coat for a couple reasons:

  • The rosettes need something to adhere to.
  • If there are any breaks in the roses the cake will show through. Having it the same color makes for a more uniform and uninterrupted look.
  • There is a LOT of frosting on this cake so making the crumb coat thin is essential

For the cake I just baked a white cake in two 8-inch round cakes pans and then only used one layer.

Smiley Face Yellow Rose Cake!

I used a 2D tip for my yellow rosettes, but you can also use a 1M tip or any open or closed star tip. I have additional tips and tricks in my original post from 2011. You can see that I always end my rose up, or away from the center. This is the ideal method for this cake because you can easily cover the “tail” or end with the next rose. Overlapping slightly is the best way to cover any mistakes or loose ends.

The black eyes and mouth were applied with a #12 round tip. After a bit I decided to flatten them. To do this get a small piece of parchment or wax paper and place it over the eye. Press down gently in a circular pattern to get the frosting flatter. Do not press to hard as you do not want the yellow frosting underneath to move or be pressed down.

Smiley Face Yellow Rose Cake!

I hope this cake makes you smile!


I will be (and have been) deleting all comments that are just plain mean. It is perfectly fine for you to not like this cake, but not ok to make disgusting and rude remarks here about it. Thank you for understanding.

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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. Aw, what a happy little cake! 😉 Your video definitely makes it look easy – I will have to try it sometime!

  2. If I really, Really, REALLY had a Problem with this cake, I would just eat it in the dark. But you could be Darn sure that it would be All Gone when the lights came back on. Burp.

  3. I do not understand why people had such an issue with this adorable cake! They just need to get over themselves!

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