Buttercream Petal Cake Tutorial

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Today, I'm going to show you how to make a beautiful buttercream petal cake!

I love cake designs that incorporate lots of piping or texture.  Buttercream petal cakes are a perfect example, and this pretty "Petal Effect" around the sides is one of the easiest techniques there is.

Closeup of Buttercream Petal Cake

Easy, Beautiful Buttercream Technique

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.

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!!

Petal Cake Video


How to Make a Petal Cake

Below is our original petal cake tutorial that we published to the site years ago. Sometimes it's helpful to see still shots as well!

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...

Beautiful Buttercream Petal Cake Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com.

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!Lovely Buttercream Petal Cake Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat... one vertical row at a time. Buttercream Petal Technique by MyCakeSchool.com! Free Tutorial!

You can experiment with your spacing..Beautiful Buttercream Petal Cake by MyCakeSchool.com- Free Cake Decorating Tutorial!

or you can even stagger if you'd like (This looks like fish or dragon scales!)How to Make a Buttercream Petal Cake- Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com!

There are so many fun ways to change up this buttercream petal effect- you could use multicolored petals, create the design on top of a sheet cake, use it as a bottom border, etc. 


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  1. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    I just love baking. Your cakes are unbelievable. Looking forward to
    watching more of your tutorials.
    I pray I can learn to follow your
    talent. I hope mine can look like
    yours. Just beautiful and perfect.
    Diane ??

  2. Hi, I've been a member for a little over a year now and I'm really enjoying your website and all it has to offer. I am going to try this technique on a square cake and was wondering if the consistency of the buttercream should be a crusting buttercream. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Hi Tracey- Your buttercream does not have to be a crusting recipe in order for this technique to work. Any medium consistency frosting will be fine!

  4. I have looked all over the internet trying to figure out how to make the petal look. I am making a Game of Thrones Dragon Scale cake for the season finale. I hope it works :)