How to pipe a buttercream rose with gradient

January 01, 2017

Gradient Buttercream Rose

One of my to-do items as a baker is to pipe beautiful flowers using buttercream. My favourite kind of flowers are those with a gradient of colours, because it gives more dimension and appears more realistic. 

I finally had the chance to experiment with different techniques, and discovered this simple method for piping a rose with gradients using buttercream, petals and all! Don't need to worry about making it look super neat or perfect, because nature is beautifully imperfect ;) 

A key tip is to make sure the buttercream is stiff enough when you pipe, so that it retains the shape. If you live in a warm climate like Singapore, I recommend filling the piping bags with just a bit of buttercream and topping up whenever it's needed (store the rest in the fridge or an air con room). This prevents the buttercream from softening due to the heat from your hand.

piping tip buttercream rose

These are the piping tips with the shade of buttercream that I used to pipe the roses. Notice how they are all different shapes and sizes? This is because I did not have 3 of the same tips, and I sure wasn't going through the trouble of washing the piping bags after piping each colour. Haha. Of course, you can feel free to use tips of the same shape and size. 

My personal favourite is the curved one on the left, as it gives a beautiful bend to the petals. I used the smallest one for the heart of the rose because it shows more details. 

You can use the roses to decorate cakes or cupcakes, like the unicorn cake I made below.

unicorn cake

So please give this method a try! It's strangely therapeutic ;)

by Sumopocky

Yield: ~ 10 to 15 roses, depending on size

200g of Unsalted butter (softened)
180g of Icing sugar
1/2 tsp of Vanilla essence
Red food colouring (or any colour you desire)

1. With the electric mixer on high speed, beat the butter till it is white and fluffy.
2. Sift in the icing sugar, and mix well.
3. Add the vanilla essence.
4. Portion the buttercream and add food colouring to get the following:
• 1/3: Darkest pink
• 1/3: Pink
• 1/3: Light pink or white
5. Transfer the buttercream into piping bags with piping tips as shown below.
piping tip buttercream rose
6. Place a small square of parchment paper on a metal stand, using some buttercream to adhere it and prevent it from sliding. Then, pipe the buttercream as shown in the tutorial video above.
7. Have fun piping your beautiful roses!

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