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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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  • Reply
    May 11, 2016 at 11:25 pm

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

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      May 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Reply
    nicole (
    September 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm

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

  • Reply
    September 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

    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).

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    Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead
    September 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    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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