This lovely cake is blooming with beautiful drop flowers. Made using royal icing, these drop flowers should be made one day in advance, so plan ahead if you’re making this cake for a party. A perfect dessert for Mother’s Day or any spring celebration, this cake is one decorators of all skill levels are sure to love! You can see this cake and many more in the How to Pipe Simple Icing Flowers kit, filled with lots of tutorials, inspiration and even a few must-have tools to make your treats blossom.
One day in advance, prepare royal icing. Prepare royal icing following recipe instructions. Divide equally into seven portions. Tint one portion each light pink, medium red, coral, dark red, dark teal, light blue and dark blue using color combinations provided. Combine Rose Petal Pink and Pink icing colors to get light pink color shown. Combine Pink, Red-Red and Burgundy icing colors to get medium red color shown. Combine Pink, Orange and Ivory icing colors to get coral color shown. Combine Rose, Creamy Peach and Royal Blue icing colors to get dark red color shown. Combine Teal and Kelly Green icing colors to get dark teal color shown. Combine Sky Blue and Royal Blue icing colors to get light blue color shown. Combine Royal Blue, Kelly Green and Black icing colors to get dark blue color shown.
Tape parchment paper to cake board. Prepare seven decorating bags separately with the following tip and icing colors:
1B (dark blue icing)
1G (dark red icing)
2C (dark teal icing)
2F (medium red icing)
18 (light blue icing)
109 (light pink icing)
225 (coral icing)
Pipe various swirl drop flowers on parchment paper-covered board, making about 2 to 4 of each.
Prepare four decorating bags, two with tip 2 and two with tip 8. Fill tip 2 bags separately with dark blue and medium red icing. Fill tip 8 bags separately with light blue and light pink icing.
Let flowers dry 8 to 10 hours.
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers.
Prepare buttercream icing following recipe instructions. Fill and stack layers for 4 in. high cake.
Ice cake. Place cake on turntable. Spatula ice cake with white icing. Using tip of spatula, start at bottom of cake and slowly move tip upwards as cake spins, forming lines around sides of cake. Repeat on top of cake, starting at outer edge and working towards center.
Decorate cake. Position larger flowers on cake, starting in center and cascading down side of cake. Repeat with smaller flowers.
If you find it challenging to ice a cake smoothly, try spatula icing. It’s a great way to hide imperfections, create texture and add visual interest to cakes. Begin this technique with a fresh, roughly iced cake. Spatula icing is a versatile technique that can also be used to decorate other treats. Try it with sheet cakes, cookies and brownies.