Hello y’all! As I baked and decorated two cakes this week I thought I would take you guys through the process . Unfortunately I was in a rush and did not take as many pictures as I would have liked to thoroughly share the steps into creating a beautiful flower cake.
Lately I have been obsessed with the look of buttercream flowers. Thus, whenever I get the opportunity I have jumped at in order to gain more practice and increase my skills. I ain’t cake boss, I just bake and decor cakes for fun and simply for my loved ones to enjoy!
What you will need:
- Baked Cake
- Paper Cake pan
- Butter Cream
- Flower Nail #7
- Waxed Paper
- Piping Bag
- Wilton Tips #12 #104 #352
- Flat Tray
- Three bowls
- Sprinkles, pearls etc.
- Colour Dye
As previously noted, I do not like baking thus why I resort to boxed cakes. Nonetheless, I sometimes bake from scratch but do not have specific recipe’s so I just Pinterest one for the quantity of cupcakes or cake size I am making. Through my experiences the generic brand has always been better than the branded ones. My number one choice is Great Value by Wal-Mart!
Buttercream recipes vary. Some are a combination of butter and vegetable shortening while others are entirely one or the other. It is really what you prefer. Personally, I prefer using salted buttercream and cut out the shortening. Try this out!
The consistency of your buttercream will determine the texture of your roses. If you are going for a softer look then aim for a medium to soft buttercream consistency, beat it a little longer. However, if you are looking for a rougher, edgier look than your buttercream should be slightly thicker at a thick to medium consistency.
I used three different colours with Wilton colour dye . After mixing a batch of buttercream I separated it into three bowls in order to get my different colours. One at a time I mixed the buttercream with a bit of dye until I got the colour I desired.Now depending on the cake look you are going for, roughly twenty buttercream flowers should be enough to cover an 8″ cake.
Begin by cutting up square’s out of wax paper. Add a bit of buttercream on the flower nail, place the wax paper on top. Begin your rose!
* I have been practicing roses however, Wilton has great step to step instructions for various of flowers from mum’s to carnation’s. Check them out and if your up to the challenge try them out. They sure will be beautiful added touch to your floral cake! Try these flowers!
As you complete each rose, place it on your tray and for every 8-10 place them in the refrigerator to cool. Allow at least 15 minutes before placing on your cake.Once you have completed all your roses and allowed enough time for them to cool in the refrigerator you may begin the fun part, decorating!
Whether you cover your cake with butter cream or not that is your choice. Lately, I have simply covered the top and gone with the “Naked Cake” look in attempt to reduce the amount of sugar.
Using tip #12 and starting 1/2″ to an 1″ away from the outside edge of the cake, pipe around. If you are covering the entire cake with flowers, pipe again around the center of the cake. Now you may begin added your flowers. There is no specific way in doing this but rather keep in mind of colour and size variation to get a gorgeous unique look.
To complete your look you may add leaves using tip #352. Top it off with Wilton pearls, or sprinkles. Ice your message on your board/sign, place on cake and you are done!
Remember there is no right or wrong way in decorating your cake. It all depends on your preference and creativity. Yes, this can get very frustrating but keep in mind of the amazing outcome. Nothing nice comes easy so stay persistent and keep trying!
I know cake supplies can be expensive so take advantage of deals and coupons. I buy all my stuff from Michael’s Craft Store. They tend to have coupons for 30-50% off a single regular priced item and I collect my stuff then. Another alternative is purchasing online from eBay or Ali Express. It takes longer but it is a fraction of the price in store, for the same quality.
Other floral rose cakes I have made
YouTube pages I turn to for inspiration :
Peace and Love,
“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.”