Video: How to frost a rose on a cupcake

I love rose cupcakes and these are by far my favorite! I love the pretty pink color and the smooth texture of the frosting, take a look at the how to video. It will help you master these beauties!
how to frost a rose cupcake @createdbydiane

One of my favorite memories as a kid is pink frosting.

  It’s funny how a memory can linger on forever.

  My mom made me a cake with pink frosting for one of my birthdays. 

 WOW was it pretty.

  I remember every detail,   I remember watching her pipe the edges and I appreciated the time it took her to make my cake so pretty.   I’ve learned as an adult that my mom has WAY more patients for a lot of things I don’t, but I’m so happy her love of cooking and baking rubbed off on me.

  I’m still hoping the patients will kick in…someday.   Since I’m not very patient, these cupcakes are just PERFECT…they only take minutes to make.   Really!   When you have a whole tray of cupcakes in front of you  and with a few practice swirls you will be frosting roses in no time at all.

  There are many reasons why these cupcakes are my all time favorite,   I love chocolate cupcakes and pink frosting the contrast in colors is so pretty.

  The dark liners on the cupcakes give them a really nice finished look.  

The link will take you to YouTube to view it.










I’ve added two more videos:
Pink Rose Cupcakes @createdbydiane
I have many recipes and post featuring the rose design,
I recently made a cake and added it to this post for you to see.
How to decorate a Rose Cake @createdbydiane
This was surprisingly easy to decorate,
Take a look at the entire post here: Vanilla Wedding Cake
This video shows you how to use the 2D tip for another fun frosting idea, it looks like ruffles.

This is my favorite Chocolate Cupcake Recipe that I used to make these cupcakes and below are my tips on frosting.
5.0 from 2 reviews
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Beat butter until smooth add powdered sugar, vanilla, heavy cream.
  2. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. If it's HOT outside and I don't want to icing to flop I either mix ½ butter ½ shortening or all shortening.
  4. Adjust powdered sugar if you add a lot of food coloring or extracts.
  5. For WHITE frosting, use all shortening, and add a few drops of Americolor white food coloring.
There are different brands of shortening, some are thicker and heavier than others. Depending on what consistency you want, choose accordingly.
Crisco tends to be heavy and thick,
Walmart's store brand is light and fluffy.
There are also differences in butter, some stay thick and some are softer when whipped.
All these differences will effect the final outcome of your frosting.
I often make the frosting a day ahead of time along with the cupcakes, but pipe the frosting the day I'm serving the cupcakes.

Here is another video I did showing the cupcakes with the PINK frosting.

how to pipe a rose on a cupcake

Rose Cupcake How to Video @createdbydiane
Take a look at these How to Posts:
red white blue cupcakes @createdbydiane
These red, white and blue cupcakes are fun and pretty. Just take a box of white cake mix (or use this recipe for white cake) and separate the batter into three bowls and tint one red and one blue, leaving the third white, place the batter into plastic bags to make filling the cupcake pan easy and layer the batters in the cupcake pan, baking according to directions and allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
Red White and Blue Cupcakes Tricolor rose frosting @createdbydiane #july4 #patriotic #cupcake
To create the tri-color frosting, in one piping bag, from the tip to the end of the bag place each color of frosting carefully not to swirl them, but keep them in lines do the red and blue on each outside edge and put white in the middle, they will swirl  when you pipe them and look great!
*Please do not use the image of my cupcakes without giving proper credit. We all learned in grade school, don’t take things that belong to others. I was shocked and surprised to see a local bakery use my photograph for my cupcakes on their Ad Campaign. It’s not flattering to see my work stolen.
I create recipes and ideas and I’d love for you to make them for yourself. Images and recipes are copyrighted, it’s wrong to steal them.
How to frost a rose cupcake @createdbydiane #frosting #howto #cupcake #buttercream
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  1. 1

    Jen @ says

    You are so cute Diane! I love this. You should do more of these for the cooking-impaired like me :)


  2. 3

    Nikki says

    This was great. I have a few cake decorating tools, but have no idea to use them. I would love to be able to frost like you! Keep the videos coming.

  3. 5

    Raina says

    This is great Diane! I have been wanting to know how to do your beautiful rose cupckes. You make it look so easy. I think your voice sounds really nice and you look very pretty:) I always hate the way I sound in videos, though, too. I sound very nasally and have a bit of a Boston accent..not

  4. 6

    Frugal Mom Jenn says

    I think that was great! What I took from your video was that I should be frosting the cupcakes while they're in my hand, rather than while they're on the table. It made all the difference in the "flow" of the rose. Simple to some, but for whatever reason it hadn't occurred to me to do that! thanks, Diane

  5. 8

    Pati @ A Crafty Escape says

    Love the video and agree that seeing something like this is key as opposed to reading about it. Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. 9

    Amy says

    You made it looks so easy…but I know I'm going to mess this up! LOL But thanks for the video. Much better than a thousand words!

  7. 11

    Mickey says

    Those are so pretty I thought they were made of material at first. Watched your video and you make it look so easy.

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    Kasey says

    I am soooo glad that a link from the Idea Room led me here! I have seen the roses done in the same way on youtube but your roses are the only one's that I have seen done with the 2D tip and they are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    Anonymous says

    Hi Diane,
    Made your icing roses last night on cupcakes for a bridal shower I'm having this weekend. Very pretty and after a little practice, very simple!!! Thanks for the helpful video. Love your blog!

  10. 15

    Faaizah says

    Omg! Thaaaaaank u soooo much for this!! Your video was great and I love how easy and fast your technique is! How did you get two tone in your bag? Mine all mixed together into a big mess of a new color! Thaaanks! Also would love your buttercream recipe, if u have a good one. Thanks again! Will definitely look for more of ur videos!

    • 16

      Diane says

      I just swiped each colol on the opposite sides od the piping bag, leaving the center to mix together on it’s own. The buttercream recipe I use is 1 cup butter to 4 or 5 cups powdered sugar with 2-3 tablespoons milk and a teaspoon vanilla. For white frosting use shortening and clear vanilla. If it’s hot when you make frosting or you think it will be too soft just use shortenin, sometimes I use half butter half shortening, depends on how I want it to taste and the weather:) hope that helps let me know if you need more info. -Diane

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    Kate@Diethood says

    I can’t pipe for the life of me! :) Thank you for doing this… I will most definitely follow your instructions!

  12. 19

    Missy Cakes says

    Hi Diane would you share your frosting recipe you used yo create the lovely rose design? I just looks so perfect and smooth!

    • 21

      Diane says

      I typically use salted as I am like the contrast in flavor, but I’ve used unsalted and it’s very delicious too :)

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    Diane, I made your cupcakes for Valentines. Your tutorial was a great help. I have linked your tutorial to my post which will go live on Monday if you would like to see it. Thanks so much!

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    Esther says

    Diane- I am eager to try your roses for a baby shower this weekend! You mentioned that I should use shortening for the icing if the weather is hot. How much? Do you just substitute it for the amount you would have used for the butter? Also have you ever used butter flavor shortening? Curious.

    • 31

      Diane says

      Hi Esther,
      Yes substitute equal parts shortening for butter. You can do 1/2 butter 1/2 shortening, or all shortening.
      I do not like the taste of butter flavor shortening and it’s very yellow, so if you need white or a light color the yellow will effect it. You can certainly add extracts to give a different flavor, lemon, orange, almond, raspberry, mint. The possibilities are endless there.

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    It looks easy, and I would like to have a go at it myself, but I would have liked to have seen what type of nozzle you were using to do this.

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    Judith says

    Hi Diane! I agree with your statement about someone or somebody will grab/steal your photo without any permission, it’s good that now we can water mark photos :-) Thanks for sharing your techniques and recipes…

  17. 34

    Sara M says

    Thanks so much for this wonderful idea. I am trying this for my parents 55th Anniversary. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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    Renad says

    I loved your video, thank you. I have to ask you about butter cream mine after its done you can feel the icing sugar still crunchy and i used different types ,and its the the same .is it normal to feel it?

    • 37

      Diane says

      no the sugar should not be gritty, are you using powdered/confectioners sugar? it’s sounds like you’re using granulated sugar. Powdered sugar is super fine and fluffy. If when you are making it the icing is on the dry side add a bit of heavy cream, 1 teaspoon, not to much or it will become soupy. Let me know what kind of sugar you are using and we’ll try to problem solve and find out what is going wrong. Are you mixing it with a mixer? Is the butter at room temperature?

      • 38

        renad says

        hello again, the sugar i use is icing sugar ,i even sometimes grind it myself to make sure sugar is fine, ,and butter at room temperature, and i use a mixer ,well sugar is not gritty but you can feel it , little crunchy which i don’t like it ,i wish you can help me with this matter, thank you

        • 39

          Diane says

          I consider icing sugar to be the same as powdered sugar and it has the same consistency as powder not gritty at all and would melt on your tongue.

          If that is the type of icing sugar you are using and you still feel you are getting a gritty texture, you could add a bit more heavy cream to it.
          Another option is a different frosting. Italian Buttercream is a buttery type of frosting, less sweet and silky smooth. Here is my post on Italian Buttercream
          If you’d like more help, please let me know. You could reduce the amount of sugar you are using and see if that helps. I am thinking it’s the type of sugar. I linked to a photo of powdered sugar.
          The Italian Buttercream Frosting may be the way to go :)
          Hope that is somewhat helpful.

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    Sarah says

    Can you do the rose technique with a chocolate ganache? I want to make this espresso cupcake with a dark chocolate ganache, but the only way to make it pretty is to put the ganache on nice. I wanted to decorate it, but with it being so dark, I am finding a hard way to without adding another flavor component.

  20. 45

    Myles says

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Cheers!

  21. 46

    Lynn Sulackow says

    Diane, Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. I thoroughly agree with your statement. Stealing someone else’s ideas is still stealing. I also own my business, Cheesecakes Unlimited. The majority of my cheesecakes are my own recipes, this also goes for the special names that they have. Wishing you the very best.

  22. 47

    Ann says

    Just wondering, how many cupcakes can you ice with 1 batch of your icing recipe? Trying to figure out if I need a whole recipe.

    • 48

      Diane says

      This makes enough frosting to pipe the roses onto 24 cupcakes. (about 3 tablespoons of frosting on each cupcake if I recall my measurements correctly) Hope that is helpful. ~Happy Baking!

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    carolyn says

    Love your recipe and how to frost the roses but, you don’t have patients unless you’re a doctor. I believe you meant patience.

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    Sharon says

    I am curious what food coloring, brand and color you used to get the beautiful pink color you used in your instruction video and photos?

    • 61

      Diane says

      I use Americolor food coloring. It’s available at cake/baking supply stores as well as Amazon if you are unable to find it near you. Those roses were made with soft pin and egg yellow. The colors deepen the long the frosting rests (keep that in mind when mixing)


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