A little color can go a long way when it comes to cake decorating! By filling a decorating bag with two colors of icing, you can create blooming flowers and rosettes that add amazing detail to your decorations. This Bright and Bold Buttercream Flower Cake uses a variety of icing colors to create a crescent of flowers and stars. With lots of room left over for candles or a piped birthday message, this buttercream cake is perfect for any occasion or celebration! You can see this cake and many more in the How to Decorate Cakes & Desserts kit, filled with lots of tutorials, inspiration and even a few must-have tools for cake decorating.
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Level, fill and stack for 4 in. high cake.
Tint icing. Combine Lemon Yellow and Golden Yellow to get bright yellow color shown. Combine Rose and Sky Blue icing colors to get light, medium and dark magenta colors shown. Combine Orange and Christmas Red icing colors to get coral color shown. Combine Rose and Violet icing colors to get light, medium and dark purple colors shown. Combine Orange, Lemon Yellow and Ivory icing colors to get peach color shown. Using color combinations provided, tint ¼ cup icing each bright yellow, light magenta, medium magenta, dark magenta, coral, light purple, medium purple and peach. Using Yellow icing color, tint ¼ cup icing yellow.
Prepare decorating bags. Using tinted icing and decorating tips, prepare bags as follows:
Tip 2D: coral and medium magenta icing
Tip 1M: medium purple and dark magenta icing
Tip 2A: medium purple, medium magenta and light magenta icing
Tip 16: dark magenta and medium magenta icing
Tip 32: coral and peach icing
Tip 5: light purple icing
Tip 21: bright yellow, yellow and white icing
Tip 3: bright yellow, yellow and white icing
Decorate cake. Ice cake smooth using white icing. On small plate, smear light purple and a few touches of dark magenta icing. Mix together a few times, being careful not to overmix. Using spatula, swipe sides of cake with tinted icing, getting more tinted icing with each swipe.
Using prepared bags, pipe random assortment of stars, dots and rosettes around edge of cake.
Learn how to pipe beautiful rosettes, big and small, to add charming floral accents. Rosettes are a great way to create quick decorations. Different tips create different “petal” effects. Rosettes can be used to add a simple floral accent to a dessert or to cover a cake or cupcake.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.