Rose Buttercream Cake Tutorial by Coco Cake Land

Guest post by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

How lovely is a rosette buttercream covered cake? I've always loved the look of buttercream cakes - they have such a sweet and vintage feel about them. I wanted to try making a rosette covered cake, similar to the one I Am Baker helped catapult into cakey internet fame!

I've been really into mixing buttercream colours together lately and I thought a two-tone rosette would be a pretty twist on this cake. It's really quite easy to achieve the rosette once you get the hang of using the piping bag, and if you muck up, you can remove the rosette and smooth the area with your offset spatula and pipe right on top of it! No problemo!

Okay! Ready to make a beautiful swirly girly two tone rosette covered buttercream cake?

1. A baked and cooled layer cake of your choice - I made a three layer 7 inch round vanilla cake, tinted lightly with pink food colour. My awesome cake pal Rosie has plenty of amazing recipes here, or you can make it from a box, too! 
2. Four cups of vanilla buttercream. This one will do very well. 
3. Gel food colouring in pink and purple. 
4. A piping bag fitted with a small open star tip. I used Wilton brand tip #22. 
5. An offset spatula to frost your cake with a crumb coat. Not sure how to frost a cake? Check out Tessa's awesome tutorial here.

Make your buttercream according to your recipe's instructions. Divide into two bowls and tint one bowl with the purple and one bowl with the pink. I used just a dab of gel colour (it's potent!) to achieve these colours.

Next, frost and fill your layer cake until you get to the crumb coat stage.

Fit your piping bag with your piping tip using a coupler and a ring.

Like so!

Now, fill one vertical half of the piping bag with the purple buttercream. I use a yogurt container to help with this step - simply open piping bag and pull the sides over the container to help with filling with buttercream.

Fill the second vertical half with pink buttercream. Yes... I know it's not even steven here! That's ok!

Now, squeeze out the bag so the colours run together. Then, pipe away some designs to get a feel for using it. I just practice-pipe on a plain plate or piece of parchment paper.

Time to move to your cake! Start at the bottom of the cake and work your way up. To create this rosette, you want to start piping the rosette in the middle and pipe outward counter-clockwise. I piped three rotations to get this particular look. The key is to keep the buttercream flowing - don't stop piping until the entire rosette is done.

Keep on keepin' on! Pipe the whole exterior of the cake, then pipe the top too!

I love to finish my cakes with a single fresh berry. I also made this ridiculously cute cake flag using my prized "Hello" stamp from the talented Bambs over at Think & Ink Studio.

What's that you say? Cut you a larger piece, please?

And I'll have a side of raspberries with mine!

Anyone have any fun memories of birthday cakes as children? I have fond memories of my mom breaking out the bunny cake pan and coming up with a white shredded coconut covered bunny with black licorice whiskers and jujube eyes!

Hope you enjoyed this buttercreamy fun tutorial - see you again soon!

xo Lyndsay

Jan Halvarson


Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful post. Great job Lyndsay! It's wonderful seeing your talents show up on Jan's fabulous blog. ;)

kickpleat said...

Super sweet tutorial, Lyndsay!! I love the two-tone look, super pretty!!

Lisa said...

A gorgeous cake, indeed!! My daughter will go crazy when she sees it! I know what she will be doing this weekend!

Coco Cake Land said...

@amy, thank you!

@kickpleat - thanks jeanette! ^__^

@lisa - thanks so much! would love to see the outcome - email me at!


Jan Halvarson said...

this cake makes me very happy! thanks lyndsay!

dervla @ The Curator said...

are you kidding? this is out of this world amazing!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cake Lyndsay! I love the colours, it's so pretty. It was so much fun "meeting" you at Alt for Everyone earlier this month too!

Becca / A Good Good Day

Unknown said...

This is so lovely!! I can't wait for an excuse to try this technique out

Coco Cake Land said...

@dervla, thank you so much! ^__^

@becca - awww, thanks! i agree, great to meet you too! ^__^ (internet style)

@kathleen - thanks so much! would love to see it when you do... please email me a pic to! ^__^

The Blue Farmhouse said...

looks to pretty to eat!


Unknown said...

what a fantastically simple and oh so effective idea! I am going to try it! thanks!

Coco Cake Land said...

@rita - thank you so much! indeed it was eaten... :P

@ellen - thank you! i really hope you do, and would love to see how it turns out! have fun!

@jan, missed responding to your comment above - there's something about it that makes ME smile, too! i think this is one of my favourite guest posts ever! ^__^ thanks again for having me!

Vintage Home said...

Oh wow...good enough to eat! so pretty & YUMMY looking! Love the colours!

Casadapaulina♥Jabones said...

Se ve tan bonito, que da penita comerselo.

Blooming said...

The most beautiful cake I have ever seen.


Breathe Me

Truly Ace Graphic Design said...

Oh wow that looks so incredibly pretty!

I'm definitely going to try this pattern with my icing next time I'm baking cakes!

Unknown said...

WOW WEE! This cake is gorgeous.

Unknown said...

WOW WEE! Just gorgeous!

Coco Cake Land said...

@vintagehome, thank you so much!

@casadapaulina, thank you!

@b - wow... so sweet!

@truly ace - thanks! would love to see!

@jane - thank you for your enthusiasm! ^__^

Unknown said...

These photos are delicious! I can practically taste the butter creaminess! Mmmm! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

It looks very nice. Can this be done on a rectangle cake ?

Coco Cake Land said...

@Julie, thank you!

@maitri - yes but i imagine corners would be a wee bit tricky - you could always pipe it with a "drop star" on the corners if the rosettes didn't work out but give it a try!

Unknown said...

love it, such a pretty cake