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Cupcake Decorating Tutorial: Realistic Buttercream Roses for Cupcakes

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CUPCAKE DECORATING TUTORIAL: Realistic Buttercream Roses - Beautiful, easy, and the post includes a video so you'll be making beautiful cupcakes in no time!

One of my favorite designs to pipe onto a cupcake is the frosting rose. It’s beautiful, versatile, and always makes a stunning presentation. Not too long ago, I posted my fresh orange cake and orange curd frosting recipe, and I decorated the cupcakes using frosting roses because this was the exact recipe and design I used for a friend’s daughter’s birthday cake recently and it just felt like the right thing to do. Isn’t it so pretty? 

I had a few requests for a tutorial on piping these realistic buttercream roses, so I took a little extra frosting and some spare cupcakes and made you a video! It’s easier to explain that way and you can see the angles. If you have any questions though, please feel free to comment below and I’ll answer as best I can. Maybe one day when I get the hang of Periscope we can have a live tutorial!

I hope you enjoy this frosting tutorial and share pictures of your beautiful cupcakes with me!

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Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Do you add the accent food color into the piping bag before adding the frosting?

Mary (The Goodie Godmother)

Monday 16th of May 2016

If you see in the video, I explain how I brush the accent color into the bag. If I just dropped it in, I wouldn't get quite the same pretty edging. :)

nicole (

Friday 18th of September 2015

This is an awesome tutorial, thank you, Mary! The frosting looks gorgeous!

The Godmother

Friday 25th of September 2015

Thank you so much Nicole!


Friday 18th of September 2015

I could have REALLY used this at my wedding a few years ago! We tried so hard but the cupcakes just did not come out as nicely as yours! (or anywhere near it).

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Thursday 17th of September 2015

These are SO pretty! I'd say they're almost too pretty to eat...but let's get serious there is no such thing ;-)

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