In today's Meringue Roses cake tutorial, we are going to show you how to make meringues as well as how to incorporate them into a beautiful cake design.
Not only are these meringue cookies very simple to whip up, but they are perfect for making beautiful, edible cake decorations which can also easily be made in advance and stored.
These meringues are light, sweet, and I love the slightly puffed, matte appearance that they take on white baking. They are so lightweight that they can be used on the side of fondant or buttercream cakes without worry.
Materials for Meringue Roses Cake:
(Our tiered cake is an 8 inch tier with a 6 inch tier stacked on top of it. Each tier is on it's own cardboard cake circle cut to the size of the cake, and the top tier is supported from beneath with 4 bubble tea straws cut to the height of the bottom tier.)
Recipe for Meringues (see below)
Crusting Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (I haven't attempted this design with a non-crusting recipe) - We used our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream, but our Classic Vanilla Buttercream recipe or High Ratio frosting would also be a good choice.
Piping Tips: Large Bead Border: Tip 8, Small Bead Border & Dots: Tip 4. Roses are piped from a Tip 125. Leaves are Wilton Tip 366.
Coloring Gels: We used Americolor Deep Pink (in varying amounts depending on desired shade), Wilton Leaf Green
Rose Nail, Parchment cut into squares
Disposable Piping Bags
How to Make Meringues
We love this easy recipe for meringue cookies. They are sweet, light, and perfect for cake decorating.
You can find the full, printable recipe further down in this post, but here is a quick rundown of our steps:
- Preheat: You'll want to use the lowest rack position in your oven. Preheat to 175 degrees F
- Parchment: Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Grease- Free Bowl & Beaters: Your mixing bowl & whisk attachment/beaters must be completely free of grease so that the egg whites whip up properly.
- Egg Whites: In your mixing bowl, beat the egg whites & salt at medium-high speed (using whisk attachment) until foamy and soft peaks form (about 50 seconds).
- Sugar: Gradually add the super fine sugar and vanilla extract while mixing at medium speed. Follow with the powdered sugar. Return to medium high speed until stiff peaks form. ***See Notes section below
- Tint: separate the meringue into small bowls to gently fold in the different coloring gels.
- Piping: Pipe the desired shapes onto parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Time to Bake! Bake for 2 hours (lower rack of the oven) or until meringues are dry and easily moved. Turn oven off but leave the pan in the oven for an additional hour to cool.
How to Store Meringues
- Once your freshly baked meringues have completely cooled, store them in an airtight container away from bright lighting or sunlight. Light could cause the colored meringues to fade.
- Meringues can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 weeks, or longer in the freezer.
These Meringue Cookies are delightfully light and sweet, and make the cutest decorations for cakes and cupcakes!
- 4 egg whites
- Pinch of salt (we used popcorn salt because it is finer)
- ¾ cup super fine sugar - if you do not have this you can make your own by processing granulated sugar in a food processor or bullet blender.
- ½ teaspoon (2g) clear vanilla (real vanilla will change the color)
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- Coloring gel, optional
You'll want to use the lowest rack position in your oven. Preheat to 175 degrees F
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
It is very important that your mixing bowl & whisk attachment/beaters are completely clean & free of grease so that the egg whites whip up properly.
In your mixing bowl, beat the egg whites & salt at medium-high speed (using whisk attachment) until foamy and soft peaks form (about 50 seconds).
Gradually add the super fine sugar and vanilla while mixing at medium speed. Follow with the powdered sugar (reduce speed as needed to prevent a cloud of powdered sugar!). Return to medium high speed until stiff peaks form. ***See Notes section below
If you wish to tint your meringues, gently fold in your color.
Pipe the desired shapes onto parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 2 hours (lower rack of the oven) or until meringues are dry and easily moved. Turn oven off but leave the pan in the oven for an additional hour to cool.
Once they are completely cooled, store in an airtight container away from strong lighting or sunlight. Light could cause the colored meringues to fade.
Meringues can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 weeks, or longer in the freezer.
***In our Meringue Roses video tutorial, we folded in the powdered sugar after stiff peaks formed. We have since changed the recipe slightly to add the powdered sugar soon after adding the superfine sugar. Then beat until stiff peaks form. Although both methods will give great results, the updated method helps reduce the chance of deflating the meringue. (You can see this updated version in our Monster Meringues free video tutorial).
More Cakes with Meringues
We have a few other festive meringues cakes to share with you! Don't miss our cute Halloween Ghost Meringues Cake, Monster Meringues Cake, and Pumpkin Meringues Cake!
Enjoy the Video!
We hope that you enjoyed this squick tutorial on creating meringue roses. They are so simple to make and the end result is so unique and fun!
Beautiful! Love it! Years ago I saw a similar idea by Martha Stewart Weddings and I loved it then too :-) Fabulous and simple as always.
Thanks MsGF! We loved making this one, I want to put meringues on everything now ;0)
I love the meringues! But, will they hold up on a whipped cream cake or will they soften? And if they do soften, will they lose their shape?
Hi Dora- I'll update the post as we experiment more with using them on various frostings. If the meringues are going on top of the whipped cream-frosted cake, I think it would be fine...but if they are on the front side as in our video, it seems like the meringues (although they are lightweight) may be more likely to slide. My best guess is that they may soften a little on a non-crusting frosting but without trying it a can't say for sure. Will update this post when I try it!
You are so amazing. You make it look so effortless. I love watching you. Thanks so much for continuing your videos.
@Mellycake- Thank you so much for your kind words! So happy that you like the video. xo
So lovely. Thank you for the tutorial ?
So pretty! Thank you. You do may it look so easy:)
Love this cake. Sometimes I believe the simple cake designs are the most elegant. I’m definitely going to try this. I love meringue cookies and Pavlova as well!
Thanks so much for your comments! xoxo
This is my first attempt at making meringues & I’m only 5 minutes in & already have a question. In the list of supplies/ingredients you say 3/4 c granulated sugar. In the video you said that you ran your sugar through the blender before adding into the egg white & vanilla mixture. I ran my 3/4 c sugar thru the blender but after blending it until it was super-fine, the sugar increased in volume & is now 1 cup. Should I use the entire cup of the super-fine sugar or measure out 3/4 cup of the super-fine sugar? I am excited to make the meringues so I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon so. ?
Hi Kim! I'm glad that you're making these meringues!
I would just treat the superfine sugar that you've created just as if it is the store bought superfine sugar-- so just measure out 3/4 cup.