Buttercream Dogwoods Cake Tutorial

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Today we are sharing a gorgeous buttercream dogwoods cake design that would be perfect for spring!

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I just love this time of year. Springtime in NC means that the dogwood trees are in full bloom! We wanted to incorporate these beautiful flowers into our next cake. We are so happy with the result.

This buttercream dogwood cake would make a perfect birthday cake idea, bridal shower cake, wedding cakes, and more!

Enjoy the Tutorial!

We hope that you enjoy this buttercream dogwoods tutorial. If you give these techniques a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!

We have broken the tutorial into two parts.

PART ONE: Learn the basics of piping this beautiful flower, as well as a few added accents for a very realistic blossom.


PART TWO: We demonstrate how to pipe the dogwood flowers on the front side of our tiers, and you will watch as we add our leaves and dots.



In this tutorial, we used 3 frosted cake dummies: 8 inch/6 inch/4 inch tiers.

We used our fluffy vanilla buttercream recipe in the video but any crusting vanilla buttercream would work well. We really like our Classic Vanilla Buttercream recipe as well!

Colors: Americolor Avacado Green, Bright White, Lemon Yellow, Warm Chocolate

Vodka or Lemon Extract- We used this combined with our coloring gels to create a "paint". The alcohol makes a fast drying paint.

Piping Tips: I used a Wilton tip 125 for the petals, Wilton tip 3 for the center, and a Wilton 104 for the small blossom

Miscellaneous: Waxed paper for practice, piping bags, cardboard or foam core cake circles (for each tier to rest on), supports or dowels of choice, base or pedestal, Viva paper towels for smoothing (or method of choice), toothpicks, paint brushes

**These dogwood blossoms would be beautiful in light pink as well!

More helpful Methods

** Have questions about Tier Stacking or the Viva Method of smoothing? We didn't demonstrate these methods in our tutorial, since we have made tutorials on these methods before. You can find them linked below.



More Buttercream Flower Tutorials

We've made several easy buttercream flower tutorials over the years! Some of our favorites are our buttercream ranunculus, buttercream chrysanthemums, and buttercream hydrangeas (the easiest)!

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  1. Such a lovely and elegant looking cake. I am very eager to try this flower on both cupcakes and a cake. Thank you.

  2. This cake is simply gorgeous! I can't wait to try the dogwood blossoms! I watched both videos with no problems. :D

  3. could you dry them and then place them on the cake or do you have to pipe them on the cake?

  4. Hi Carolina, It would be more difficult to dry buttercream dogwood flowers and place them onto the cake because they are so thin with only one layer of petals. When Melissa dried buttercream roses and other flowers to place on a cake in her "cascade of buttercream flowers" video, she piped a "base" or circle of buttercream and then piped her petals onto that. This added stability. Those flowers had enough petals that the base layer of frosting could not be seen. It would be hard to hide the mound of buttercream with the four petal dogwood blossom unless all of your petals are overlapping. If you'd like to try, royal icing dogwoods would probably be a safer bet.

  5. I can't wait to try this one. Sweet 16 coming up.Thanks Melissa, your so soothing with your instructions!