Buttercream Roses

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For a while now I have wanted to have a go at buttercream roses. I think they look really pretty and quite professional. I have watched countless videos on Youtube that people have posted showing how to do them and they all made them look simple so I thought I would give them a go. First I had to decide which piping tip to buy – not as simple as it sounds. There are lots of different petal tips to choose from but I decided on the Wilton 125 tip which is also known as a large petal tip. You need a large tip or else the petals don’t have the size and effect you need to make a rose.

I am by no means an expert at these roses, but I can pass on the tips I have gathered from along the way!

You can use any cupcake recipe, but I used a basic vanilla cupcake as in my opinion, the rose is the star of the show so you don’t want a complicated cupcake. I used the buttercream recipe featured in the vanilla cupcake recipe just without the milk. You need a thick buttercream so the petals don’t collapse and the milk would make it a little too soft.

You need to make sure the buttercream doesn’t get too warm or again, the petals won’t hold up and you will end up with a messy blob instead of a rose. I put a small amount of buttercream in the piping bag, just enough to do one cupcake because when you’re holding the piping bag, the warmth from your hand heats the buttercream.

I start by spreading a very small amount of the buttercream in the centre of each cupcake as this makes it a lot easier for the first bud of the rose to stick. When you have done this, hold the piping bag so that the thicker end of the tip is closest to the cupcake. Applying even pressure, turn the cupcake to create a bud effect.

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Once you have created your bud, you can then start with the petals. I have found it is best to use odd numbers – 3 petals on the first, then 5, then 7 etc. When piping each petal, start at the base of the cupcake and pipe in a very slight arch. I pull slightly outwards with the piping bag to create a more open looking rose. Keep going with the petals until you reach the edge of the cupcake.

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As you add more petals, make sure you start each petal from the base of the cupcake as this will keep the rose looking good from all angles.

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As you need quite a lot of buttercream to create the roses, I made two batches of the buttercream making them two slightly different shades of pink. They do take a little while but take your time and you can end up with some really realistic looking cupcakes.


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