I absolutely love working with buttercream. Whether piping, or applying simple texture with a spatula, the decorating options are endless! We have done countless tutorials on piped and textured methods of decorating, and today’s technique is one of my favorites! In today’s tutorial, I am demonstrating a technique that not only looks like beautiful buttercream petals, but it is SO easy to create. This is a perfect technique for all skill levels of decorating. I’m not sure what to call it, so I’m calling it the petal effect…. :0) Your friends and family will be so impressed with this petal cake design, and the simplicity of the method will be our little secret. Enjoy!!
Let’s get started!
I am working with Vanilla Buttercream, a smallish angled spatula with a rounded edge, and a piping bag fitted with a medium sized round tip (I used a Wilton Tip 12). First, pipe a vertical row of dots…
Next, spread the buttercream dots with a spatula as you see in the picture. I used a small offset spatula with a rounded edge (but you can use a spoon if you’d rather!). This creates the look of petals!
That’s all there is to it! Now that you know how, grab a cake & beautify it! I crumb coated my tiers, stacked them, and then started piping and spreading. It takes a little while to make it all the way around, but the results are so worth it!
I topped off mine with a gum paste flower—but really, it would have been fine without anything at all. We also have a cake decorating video for our members to demonstrate the making of this cake & flower. You can find it in our Buttercream Techniques section.
Have a great weekend!