Buttercream Chrysanthemums on Textured Buttercream

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In today's video tutorial, you will learn how easy it is to pipe beautiful buttercream chrysanthemums onto your cakes. 

We just love fall cake designs and this simple creation would work as a single tier, double tier, or even a sheet cake design!

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Why we Love It

There are many reasons to love this elegant fall cake! Here are just a few:

The diagonal textured buttercream is so simple to create.

We love the color and dimension of chrysanthemums (and even beginners will find these buttercream flowers to be very forgiving)!

Perfect for fall birthday cake ideas, Thanksgiving cake ideas, and more!


(In this video, we have frosted 8" and 6" tiers with our fluffy vanilla buttercream which is tinted with a touch of Americolor Ivory. Our Classic Vanilla Buttercream is a great option also (and contains no shortening.) 

As usual, each tier is resting on its own cardboard cake circle which is cut down to the size of the cake, and the top tier is supported from beneath by four bubble tea straws.)

Piping Tips for Buttercream Chrysanthemums

Any "u shaped" tips will work great for buttercream chrysanthemums.  I happen to own three types/brands, so I used all of them in the tutorial.  

I used a Wilton 81 tip (which is the smallest of my u-shaped tips), a Bakery Crafts tip 79, and an Ateco 80.    

Round tips:  I used a Wilton 10 for the center dot of my flowers although smaller tips would be fine too as I discuss in the video.  I used a Wilton 2 for the tiny red dots that I added as a final touch.

Coloring Gels

I used Americolor Tulip Red for the Red and Coral colored flowers, and Americolor Egg Yellow for my yellow flowers.  I also used Americolor Ivory to tint the buttercream that my tiers are frosted with.

Spatula for texture

You can create the diagonal buttercream impressions that I demonstrate in the video with any number of spatulas or tools but I used a small tapered offset spatula (Wilton).

*I also used a bench scraper to smooth the frosting around the sides of my cake just before texturing the buttercream.

This technique is similar in some ways to the horizontal ridged buttercream technique that I often do on my cakes! 

Fall Cake Designs

Thanks so much for stopping by! We have created many more fall cakes over the years that you may like to try!

Our Fall Wreath Cake, Autumn Brush Embroidery Cake, and Autumn Leaves in Chocolate Cake are just a few favorites.

As for cake recipes, any our recipes would do for this design. Some of our favorites are Vanilla Buttermilk Cake, White Velvet Cake, Spice Cake, and Pumpkin Cake! You can find our full listing in our Cake Recipes section!

Enjoy the Video!

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  1. Hi, We have not tried this flower with SMBC, but I think it is a bit too soft to hold the points of the chrysanthemums.

  2. Hi ladies, could you please tell me where to get tip 79 from bakery craft ? I tried but it is wholesale only would love to get the larger tip for the bigger mums thank you patricia

  3. Thanks Patricia! - Here is a link for you~http://www.countrykitchensa.com/shop/cake-decorating-supplies/79-chrysanthemum-stainless-steel-tip/38/531/121/1329/

  4. Wonderful tutorial as always! How far in advance can the flowers be made if using a flower nail/wax paper squares? Thanks!