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How to Make a Buttercream Icing Rose

Updated on March 19, 2016

Tips and Tricks to Learn to Make an Icing Rose

Do you envy all those luscious buttercream icing roses you see on cakes and long to make them yourself? Well, I am here to tell you that you can! The rose can be one of the most intimidating flowers for a beginning decorator to learn, but it is not out of your reach; and it is definitely worth the time and practice once you get it down pat! You will be so glad that you put those hours of practice in when you see your own handmade roses atop your cake! Here I will give some of my icing recipes, tips, and instructions about how to make this beautiful flower.

Supplies Needed to Make an Icing Rose

Basic tools needed:

Flower Nail (I like Wilton's #7 Flower Nail)

Decorating Bag

Coupler (in case you want to change tips on your icing bag)

Rose tip (#104 is a good one to start with)

Leaf tip (My favorite is #352 - To put leaves around the rose once on the cake)

Buttercream Icing

Icing Color of your choice

These buttercream recipes hold up well in the heat, so they are perfect for making roses.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approx. 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Slowly add sugar while beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
  2. For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
  3. To make a pure white icing, leave out the butter and substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add 1/2 teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. This icing will be stiff. Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
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Coloring Your Icing

To get true icing colors, make the recipe for the Pure White Icing above. The first recipe using the butter has a yellow tint, so when you add color to it, the colors are not as pure.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

This recipe makes a stiff consistency.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa or three 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approx. 1 lb.)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add chocolate and vanilla. Slowly add sugar, while beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
  2. For a Darker Chocolate Icing: Add an additional 1/4 cup cocoa (or one additional 1 oz. square unsweetened chocolate, melted) and 1 additional tablespoon milk to the recipe.
  3. To make a thin consistency for icing a cake, add 3-4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.

Remember,

When working with this buttercream icing, be sure to keep your bowl covered with a damp cloth or paper towel. This will keep the icing from getting a dried crust on top, which won't be good for making roses.

Icing Consistency

Your rose petals should be smooth on the ends when you pipe them. If they are cracked or jagged on the ends, then your icing is too thick. Add a little more liquid from the recipe to thin it some more. Add a teaspoon of liquid at a time, so you don't get it too thin, or your roses won't hold up.

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @Auriel: Thanks!

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      great tips.

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      Wonderful. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      The buttercream icing roses are always so beautiful, and tasty!

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      BabyGirl1940 5 years ago

      Yum! Icing roses are so attractive--and delicious!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I'm taking a cake decorating course and looking forward to trying this! Thank you.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Makes it look so easy! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      You've taught me where I had failed so many times! Last time I tried it I made like 50 blob roses, but finally made one ok rose. After that accomplishment I kind of ate it before I put it on the cake. lol

      I bet that it was the icing consistency that you talked about here. :) I think I'll have to try this again sometimes.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      very nice lens! Squidlikes for you!

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Delicious and helpful! Thumbs up!

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      JackRussell LM 6 years ago

      Great lens! Has some great ideas, pictures, information and some awesome videos... So inspiring, I need to go and make some icing and try making some myself! :) Awesome lens though!!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I just got bunch of tools for cake decorations as a present and was searching for some ideas what to do with them and found your awesome Lens. Great tips, I will try it to make icing roses for the very first time, hopefully it will taste yummy and look just as pretty as in your Lens! :)

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      I enjoy eating buttercream, but its so messy and tempermental to work with.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I always wondered how to make those icing roses. Thanks for sharing. Stay well, Rose

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I am not into making this kind of cake decorations but very much enjoyed your lens. ***Angel blessed*** by the Bath and Shower neighborhood Angel & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      I've never tried to decorate my cakes but always thought it was interesting. You make it sound like it might be something I could do. I think I will give it a try. Thanks!

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      I love butter cream roses. They look like they're made of porcelain and taste yummy.

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      Kimsworld LM 6 years ago

      My Aunt has decorated cakes professionally for 40+ years she can make butter cream roses in less time than it takes me to make the frosting. I have tried in the past, bt have given up after several years. This lense makes me want to give another try!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Very nicely done. You are either well-experienced or a good researcher. Either way you have my Angel Blessing and featured on Angel Wings November 2010.

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      Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Yep, that's how you make a buttercream icing rose. Made hundreds of 'em. :)

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      A thumbs up lens and a rose of a different kind - yummy!

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Finally. I've tried and failed. Going back at it now armed with this lens.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      These are really beautiful. I have a friend who makes lovely cakes. The roses look easier to do than I thought. It really adds beauty to a cake.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      thanks for the advice

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      wonderful you make it soo simple to do!

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      caketech 6 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks for the Blessing!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Wonderful topic. I used to do a lot of iced cakes but lost the interest over the years. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My mom makes really beautiful roses and other things on her cakes! I've never quite had the hang of it though. : )

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      Very cool!

      I don't do much baking, but I have to say that I am very particular about cake - mostly the icing is the best part - or the worst part, depending upon the icing. Buttercream is one of my favorites aside from one made with whipping cream.

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      EpicFarms 7 years ago

      Boy, they sure do make it look easy don't they? I love the chocolate butter cream recipe (sounds yummy :o)

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the useful tips. very informative lens,

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love butter cream frosting and beautiful roses.

      Best wishes to you,

      Susie

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      The Giant Squid Greeters are kicking off a fun team challenge. You are hereby formally invited to join my team: Kab's Fab Squid Squad. I think you'd be a great addition to the Squid Squad.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Ah, something that I've never done in my life -- a buttercream rose! I love how to lenses. 5*****