It's springtime here in NC and that means that the dogwood trees are in full bloom! I've always loved the simple beauty of dogwoods, and while we've seen some gorgeous gum paste creations, we really wanted to pipe these elegant dogwoods in buttercream. I'm so happy with the result, and I hope that you love today's cake as much as we do!
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 for the flowers. (This would include the "high ratio" and "Classic Vanilla" recipes listed in our recipes section.)
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
Misc.: 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
** 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 here:
Thanks!! Please let us know if you have any questions about our tutorial! Also, for a nice variation, some varieties of dogwoods have pink blossoms!