Spring is in the air! I absolutely love this time of year, and am so inspired when the flowers and trees begin to bloom. It's no coincidence that the cakes that I make in spring and summer tend to have more flowers also! Today's cake features beautiful buttercream cherry blossoms and would work well for all sorts of special occasions, including weddings. The design looks impressive, but the technique for the buttercream cherry blossoms is actually quite simple! I hope that you enjoy the tutorial!
The cake in my tutorial is smaller than it appears. The tier sizes are 8 inch, 6 inch, and 4 inch. They are stacked using cake boards and bubble tea straws as supports. (See our tier stacking video if you have any questions about stacking.) - I used our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe.
Coloring Gels: Americolor Deep Pink, Wilton Rose, Chocolate Brown, Wilton Leaf Green
Piping Tips: Wilton (petal tips) 104 & 101, round tip 4,
Sugar Pearls (This is optional. You could also pipe white dots of buttercream into the blossoms with a small round tip.)
Cookie sheet or tray for your blossoms
Small angled spatula (for textured design around sides of cake)
Misc: As usual, my tiers are resting on cardboard cake circles cut down to size, I used 7 bubble tea straw supports. Pedestal or cake base
If using a crusting buttercream, an alternative to freezing is to allow your buttercream blossoms to dry on their waxed paper squares for at least 24 hours. Then, you can carefully peel from the paper and apply to the cake.
We chilled our flowers in the freezer for approx. 20 minutes. To keep condensation in check, I wouldn't recommend freezing for longer than 30 minutes. If you'd like to keep the tray of flowers chilled while you work, but the decorating process is taking a while, simply move them to the refrigerator. They will remain firm until you need them.
My flowers were the slightest bit shiny as they returned to room temp, but the moisture quickly evaporated.
Please let us know if you have any questions!