Completed Buttercream Rose

How to make buttercream roses.

Learn how to make buttercream rose using a pastry bag fitted with a petal tip and a flower nail.  The completed buttercream roses and then placed on parchment paper so they can be frozen prior to placing on a cake and the additional of leaves.

Buttercream Rose Demo

Hope you enjoyed my video on buttercream roses.


Equipment Needed

Tools required to make buttercream roses.

Tools required to make buttercream roses.

Note the petal tips is wider at one end.  In normal use, the wide end is at the bottom.

Ateco #104 Petal Tip inside disposable pastry bag filled with stiff buttercream icing.

Ateco #104 Petal Tip inside disposable pastry bag filled with stiff buttercream icing.

Starting the base of the Buttercream Rose

I like piping directly on top of the flower nail and then transferring the completed rose to a piece of parchment paper, but if you desire you can cut some pieces of parchment paper up into squares and use a dot of buttercream to hold the parchment paper on the flower nail and then proceed making your buttercream rose.

The first thing is to pipe two rings of buttercream in the center of the flower nail so we can build the rose on.  You need somewhere to anchor the buttercream as you build your rose.  (Some people prefer to pipe of mound of icing the choice is yours.) The wide side of the tip should be toward the outside with the narrow (skinny) side towards the center.

Pipe the center bud of the buttercream rose

Next you make the center bud of the rose by holding your tip vertically with the wide end to the bottom.  Start squeezing the pastry bag and allow some icing to come out and connect to the icing mound, not raise the tip and rotate the flower nail with your fingers to complete a circle of icing.  Once you complete the circle, lower the tip down to secure the end to the base mound.

Pipe the 2nd row of petals of the rose

Time for the second row of petal.  Start the same as before,  Hold the tip with the wide end to the base, squeeze the icing bag and raise the tip while rotating the flower nail slightly. Lower the tip to secure the end to the base.  Pipe the next petal by starting slightly before the end of the first.  Repeat with more petals until you have completed this row.

Pipe additional rows of petals

Add additional rows of petals as desired.  You might need to hold the narrow end of the tip slightly lower than the rose.

Transfer completed buttercream rose to parchment paper or tray

If you piped directly on the flower nail like you, it is time to transfer the completed rose to a piece of parchment paper so we can freeze the rose prior to placing on the cake.  Freeze the rose does not lessen the quality at all, but what is does is make it much easier for us to handle them when placing on the cake.

To transfer the buttercream rose from a flower nail, slide the rose onto an offset tapered spatula. (some people will use scissors, but I make many roses for my business so I take this easy short cut.)  Once you have the buttercream rose on the spatula, lower to the parchment paper and with the aid of the flower nail point, slide it off the spatula onto the paper.

Clean the spatula and flower nail then repeat the process to make all of your buttercream roses.

Clean flower nail and tapered spatule.

Clean the flower nail and spatula before creating your next buttercream rose.

Repeat making buttercream roses until you have made all you wanted.

Remember to make additional roses since a few may break in storage or handling.  Or you may like ones more than others.

Freeze the buttercream roses to set

Place frozen buttercream roses on cake.

You will find it is much easier to place the frozen roses on a cake.  When frozen the icing holds it shape.  Do not worry, they thaw very quickly.  In my demonstration here, I will be placing the roses on a piece of paper towel since this is practice.  If you want to do a fancy job, I would add some stems piped with an Ateco #2 or #3 straight round tip and place my roses on the stems.

Place frozen buttercream roses on top of cake.

After all the roses have been make and frozen, they were placed on this paper towels to simulate a cake top.

Add leaves.

Using some green icing, pipe some Ateco #68 leaves to the roses. Place the leaves as desired.  Remember, leaves can hide some minor imperfections in the sides of the roses.

Watch how to make buttercream roses.


One comment on “How to Make Buttercream Roses

  1. Hi Joseph,
    I love your work! I really like the way your explain things.
    Thank you for putting so much time in this videos and special thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.