How to Make a Rose Cake

You may have seen this cake all around the internet, but it was originally piped by the very talented Amanda from i am baker. While mine may not look perfect like Amanda’s, I’m happy with the results. And happy to tell you, it’s not so difficult to do.

Rose Cake with step-by-step photos via Bakers Royale

To help you along, I put together this tutorial on how to make a rose cake with step-by-step photos. My advice if you are even the least bit nervous about making this—take a deep breath, practice on a surface that will allow you to reuse the frosting and then go for it. Don’t hesitate, or the roses will end up looking jagged and stuttered from all the pausing.

Rose Cake with step-by-step photos from Bakers Royale

A few notes:

  • For the frosting I used my swiss meringue buttercream recipe found here (step-by-step photos included). If you decide to use another frosting, one that will slightly “crust” as it dries, use Amanda’s tip here, so that your roses will adhere to the cake.
  • The chocolate cake recipe can be found here. I used a denser cake, since I had intended on making this a two tier cake but ran out of time.
  • Again, to make sure you are comfortable with the piping motion and with how much pressure to use on the pastry bag while piping the buttercream roses, practice on a surface that will allow you to reuse the frosting (straight –sided salad bowl worked great for me)
  • Of course the bunting is extra, but I do love how it steps up the cute factor on a cake.

How to pipe a rose cake step 1 & 2 via Bakers Royale

How to pipe a rose cake step 3 & 4 via Bakers Royale

How to pipe a rose cake step 5 & 6 via Bakers Royale

How to make an easy cake bunting via Bakers Royale

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How to Make a Rose Cake


  • 7 large egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 sticks unsalted butter, diced and softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla


To make frosting
  1. Combine egg whites and sugar in a bowl placed over simmering water. Bring mixture to 160 degrees F while whisking constantly.
  2. Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium speed until mixture becomes foamy, then increase speed to high and beat until it cools and doubles in volume.
  3. Add butter in one piece at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. The mixture may appear clumpy and almost curdled looking-this is normal. Keep mixing and it will become even and smooth again. Add salt and vanilla and mix to combine.

**Refer to the post for step-by-step photos to piping the roses on the cake and making the bunting.**

To pipe roses on cake:

  1. Cover cake with a crumb coat.
  2. Cover cake with frosting coat.
  3. Score a line across cake horizontally to easily guide two-layer rose piping (one on top of another).
  4. Place parchment strips down on preferred cake stand and transfer cake on top.
  5. Fill pastry bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip and hold it perpendicular to the cake. To pipe rose, gently squeeze bag and move in a circular motion starting from the center and moving outward. Finish by releasing pressure and dropping the finishing point to the right of the starting point (to the left if you are left handed). Continue to pipe roses all the way around cake. For the second layer, start in between two roses and pipe all the around cake.
  6. For the top, start by piping roses along the perimeter and moving towards the center. Fill in empty spots with dollops of stars. To do so gently squeeze and lift pastry bag. I used this method to fill edges on the top and bottom of the cake

To make bunting:

  1. Supplies:(1) Twine (2) Two different patterned Washi tape (3) Striped straws and (4) Scissors
  2. Start by wrapping twine around one straw and extend and wrap twine to around second straw .
  3. Place first Washi tape around twine and cut a triangle pointing up toward top of twine.
  4. Place second Washi tape and cut a triangle pointing down away from the twine.


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36 Responses to “How to Make a Rose Cake”

  1. #
    Heather Christo — September 25, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    this cake is so pretty, and I love the washi tape banner!!


  2. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — September 25, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    looks so pretty Naomi!


  3. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 25, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Whoa baby! Not only is this cake beautiful, but I had no idea how to make a rose cake. Life = complete.


  4. #
    Jenny Flake — September 25, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Stunning Naomi!!


  5. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 25, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I still think it looks fantastic! The bunt makes it.


  6. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 25, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Naomi, I love your twist on Amanda’s rose cake…your star border around the top edge and at the base of the cake make it look finished off and frilly! Just lovely, girl. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. (Is there a missing link for the chocolate cake recipe?) Pinning!


  7. #
    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — September 25, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Gorgeous frosting!


  8. #
    Vicki @ WITK — September 25, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    This cake is beautiful! I have to try my hand at this type of frosting detail. Love it.


  9. #
    Jen @ — September 25, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I made a rose cake last year and posted a video as well. It’s definitely easier to do than it looks!


  10. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 25, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Naomi – this is just GORGEOUS!!! Your pictures always are just perfect too!!!
    (Amanda’s cakes are just beautiful too!)


  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 25, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Stunning and I could never imagine creating something so beautiful. Pinned to my How To Make Board…I need all the inspiration I can get!


  12. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 25, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Gorgeous, the step by step photos are so helpful!


  13. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 25, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    This is one gorgeous cake, Naomi! Love the step-by-step photos!


  14. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — September 25, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    So talented! My skills are not this advanced. I need to practice :P


  15. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 25, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    Absolutely stunning!


  16. #
    Tenns @ New Mama Diaries — September 25, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    This is such a gorgeous and delicious looking cake!


  17. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 25, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    simply stunning. one of my goals to achieve this!!


  18. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 25, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    Beautiful job, Naomi! One day I want to be able to make this gorgeous rose cake!!


  19. #
    Tieghan — September 25, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    It’s perfect! I have always wanted to make a cake look this, but never thought I could. I am still not sure, but I have tO give it a try! Thanks!! This is awesome!


  20. #
    Dina @TheEverydayContessa — September 25, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    You make it look easy! I can’t wait to try this technique!


  21. #
    Bocadinhos de Açúcar — September 26, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    So beautiful e delicate. Recently I’ve tryed to do this decoration, but i used chanilly instead (it´s a lighter cream, so the roses weren´t so pretty). Next time i’ll do your frosting sugestion… Maybe i’ll succeed.

    Sílvia Martins


  22. #
    Laura@baking in pyjamas — September 26, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    I love rose cakes, their so pretty as it yours.


  23. #
    Julia @ hungryandconfused — September 26, 2013 @ 3:04 am

    Ahhh this is so pretty! I’m definitely going to attempt this when I have all the tools and a special occasion to present it for.


  24. #
    Tahnycooks — September 26, 2013 @ 3:06 am

    This is awesome!! I’ve been so intimidated to do this but, I’m going to try!! Thanks Naomi! So beautiful.


  25. #
    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — September 26, 2013 @ 5:11 am

    I’ve been wanting to try the rose cake for a while. It seems so intimidating! I need to get over it and give it a try. Beautiful cake!


  26. #
    Bri — September 26, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Looks sooo tasty! I thought it was a standard buttercream frosting, but it’s meringue, ah… I suppose you need a special candy thermometer for that, too.


  27. #
    Emily | The Blonde Buckeye — September 26, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Looks gorgeous!!


  28. #
    marla — September 27, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Such a beautiful cake!! Would be lovely at showers & birthdays :)


  29. #
    Jamie — September 27, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this! Feel free to visit my recipe site


  30. #
    phi — September 27, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    I admire your patience in making this… I will gladly eat it for you.


  31. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — September 27, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    I SOOO badly want to make a rose cake, it does look so easy to do but so gorgeous!! Still nervous but need to get over it and make one!!


  32. #
    Nanan Tonato — September 30, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Its simply awesome.

    Great share. Speechless.


  33. #
    Cósima — September 30, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Good morning.
    Since early September I began to take a tour of all network blogs that suggests me something. It’s my personal way to show all I like. I have linked your blog in my latest publication. Everything is properly referenced. Congratulations for your work. Thank you very much.


  34. #
    Jen — October 21, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    It’s so pretty! I have a feeling mine would look far, far less nice though, haha.


  35. #
    unique angel — October 25, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    itz osum
    i guess i hve to try wid ma hands
    love ittt
    it would surely look tasty nd beautiful wen i mke it!!!!!


  36. #
    Charlie Blix — June 3, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    I tried the frosting and it was great but I accidentally added the butter before thickening the egg whites and afterwords it still wasn’t getting thick so I popped it into the freezer hopefully it gets better but do u have a soulution to my problem?


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