Vanilla Rose Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe


A fancy party cake, such as this vanilla rose cake with buttercream frosting recipe, is suitable for many occasions: baby births, mothers day, birthdays, tea parties, and other festive moments. While white roses are not a particular Easter theme, I can see making something as special as this white rose cake for my Easter brunch table. On what occasion would you make this cake?

Strawberry-Vanilla Rose Cake a la William Sonoma with Buttercream Frosting Recipe ::

I first saw this luscious strawberry-vanilla rose cake with buttercream frosting at William Sonoma. $59.95 and arriving frozen… mmmm… I could do better, I thought, and embarked on an adventure to discover how to. I’m sharing my findings with you.

Below, you will find a buttercream frosting recipe to make roses just like the ones at Williams Sonoma or on the cake below. And I think you can get your slices of strawberry for the filling layer locally. So, you’re all set. The base is a vanilla-flavored cake.

Strawberry-Vanilla Rose Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe ::

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In this rose cake recipe, the cake is first filled with buttercream and then smeared with buttercream and decorated with buttercream rose flower swirls.

Monochrome OR shabby chic two-tone rose cake?

My first choice is this to make the rose cake all white. Then I came across this duo-tone pink-white rose cake. That’s awesome as well. And it’s quite easy to do this duo toning. Just add a tiny bit of food coloring and follow the step-by-step tutorial for the rose piping techniques set out in this free cake making tutorial. And voila, you’ll have yourself a shabby chic pink duo-tone rose cake.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe to make Your Roses for the Cake – Video Tutorial

How to make the two toned buttercream is demonstrated at the beginning of this to-the-point video. And how to make a buttercream rose swirl (in any color) starts at 1:50 min into this video. It’s very clear and precise. Then, all you need to do is practice.

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Strawberry-Vanilla Rose Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe ::
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What You’ll Need to Make Buttercream Frosting Roses

Step-by-Step Tutorial to Make Buttercream Roses

  1. For the center of your rose, squeeze a little dollop onto your cake.
  2. Then, swirl around that center, counter clockwise, for several rounds.
  3. When you reach the outer-edge of your rose, slightly pull the edge further away from your surface, squeezing slightly lighter and then pull off the bag from the rose for a perfect end petal.

And voila! There’s your rose cake!

Buttercream Frosting for Roses on Cupcakes and Cakes

You can use this technique for cupcakes frosting, making 1 large rose on top. Or, you can divide the top of a larger cake into circles, and then create roses within each circle, using the exact same technique as for the cupcakes.  When you are marking your circles on your cake, say with the rim of a glass or cup, make sure that the circles are touching each other, filling the whole surface in a neat and orderly pattern.

E.g.  Start in the center of your cake with one rose, and then make a circle of circles around that center circle and work your way out from there. You may wish to first practice on a piece of paper the same size as your cake top for a pleasing, orderly layout. As you will get more experience with making rose cakes, you will find that you’ll develop a favorite pattern and have a favorite cup or glass that you’ll use to measure out your rose pattern for your cake.

How to Make Buttercream – video tutorial

This video shows the Wilton buttercream frosting recipe in the making. Their recipe works very well for this these kind of roses.


  1. 1/2 c butter
  2. 1/2 c vegetable shortening
  3. 1 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract
  4. 4 c sifted confectionary sugar
  5. 2-3 table spoons of milk
  6. optional: icing coloring

Mix the ingredients as is detailed in the video. Pretty simple really. Just a few tips and tricks of the trade and you will know you are doing it right.


Rose Bouquet Cake, an Alternative Design

We actually feature another rose cake, a rose bouquet cake tutorial on our site already. That cake is made with ‘slabs’ of colored icing instead of buttermilk, which calls for totally different techniques.  These icing roses can be made ahead of time and then placed onto the cake base when you have baked that base.

Rose Bouquet Cake Recipe: Rose  Bouquet Cake Decorating Tutorial

So, choose your rose cake recipe. depending on your taste buds, favorite cake looks and time availability!

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