Saturday, April 13, 2019

Buttercream Flowers Cake

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream RanunculusOn my quest over the last few months to perfect my buttermilk birthday cake recipe (which has since been perfected, I'm excited to say, and I'll be sharing it very soon...), I've had a few variations of the cake which I used to practice some decorating techniques.  Piping buttercream flowers is something I'm always trying to get better at, and if you have extra buttercream after frosting a cake, you can just pipe a few flowers and freeze them to use later.

There are thousands of tutorials online for piping different types of flowers, and I tried a few from this Wilton tutorial.  Some of my flowers looked awful at first, but I just scraped up the ugly ones back into the piping bag and tried again until I got the hang of it.  The ones I ended up liking the best were the traditional roses and the ranunculus.  I have some ranunculus bulbs I'm going to be planting in my garden after Easter (we still have snow on the ground in Colorado), and I can't wait to see how pretty they are when they bloom.

Have you seen some of the gorgeous buttercream flower cakes on Pinterest and Instagram?  I'm in awe of people's talent.  Piping so many different types of flowers, in so many beautiful colors, creating a garden of flowers on a cake is truly an art form.





Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus




In today's blog post, there's no recipe, so I'm just sharing some tips that I learned making my flowers.

  1. Use a "decorator's buttercream".  This should be any buttercream that crusts over as it dries (although it stays soft underneath), and is stable and thick enough to hold its shape when piped.  My perfect buttercream formula works great for this.  I use this buttercream both for frosting cakes and piping decorations, although I will usually make it stiffer with extra powdered sugar when I need to do some piping.  I would suggest making it a little stiffer than you think you need so that your flowers don't droop and melt together as you pipe them.  You can always add a tiny amount of milk or water if you need it a bit thinner.
  2. Choose a complementary color palette.  I love the cakes with a rainbow of flowers, but you will go through a lot of piping bags with too many colors.  I decided to limit mine to just a few shades of pink and white, and I only used one piping bag for all these.  I started with a bowl of white, then mixed a light pink and a darker pink using a little pink and red food coloring.  I thought the pink was so pretty set against the chocolate buttercream.
  3. Accept imperfections.  Flowers in nature aren't perfect, and your piping won't be, either.  Don't worry, they will still look gorgeous!  This goes for the color, as well.  In fact, they will look far more natural if you don't keep your color uniform.  I started off with some of the light pink buttercream in my piping bag, and then after piping a few of those, filled it with white.  The white came out streaked with pink, and looked just beautiful.  I kept on layering my white, light pink and dark pink in the same piping bag until I'd finished piping all the flowers, and I really loved how all the shades of pink swirled together.  If you don't like your flowers, just scoop them back up into the bag and try again.
  4. Get your tools ready.  There are just a few things you'll need - piping tips, of course, a flower nail, wax paper and a large baking sheet.  Cut a bunch of little pieces of wax paper - you'll need to place a piece on your flower nail ("glued" on with a dab of buttercream); piping the flowers onto the wax paper allows you to easily transfer them to your baking sheet to freeze.
  5. Keep frozen until ready to use.  You'll need to freeze and store them in a single layer.  After freezing mine on a baking sheet, I transferred them to a few large air-tight containers to keep them fresh until I needed them.  I would say you can probably make these a couple of months in advance.  It's kind of a pain having to store them in a single layer, but I don't know of a good way to stack them, and even frozen, they can still get smushed.  Once you have your cake frosted and ready to decorate, use a small icing spatula to slide the frozen flowers off the pieces of wax paper and place on your cake.  I tried placing a few on the sides of my cake, but sadly, they slid down.  I don't know of a good way to get them securely attached to the side of a cake, since you can't really press them on very firmly without damaging the flower.  But pile them all over the top as high as you'd like.

I was in such a hurry while photographing this cake (two little boys at my feet, one begging to taste the cake and blow out the candle, and the other simply wanting me to hold him) that I forgot to take any photos from the top so you could see all the flowers.  Ah, well, that's how things go.  Regardless, I hope this inspires you to try some of your own.  The beautiful silver rose candle holder is from Silver Celebrations London - they are currently on sale, because unfortunately, they are closing their business, so grab one while you can.




Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream Ranunculus

1 comment :

  1. Your cakes are always so pretty - love your talent!

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