buttercream ruffle rose tutorial | movita beaucoup | includes a youtube video

Ask and ye shall receive. More cake tutorials! And because some of you have lamented that you are challenged in this area, I’m hoping this little ditty might be manageable. A ruffle rose will make the top of your cake look striking, but also requires minimal skills.

First, and I can’t recommend this enough, practice your piping skills on an inverted cake pan. In the video I’ve included with this post, I’m piping on a cake pan to show you how awesome it is. If I’m planning to make cupcakes, I practice on an inverted glass, as it’s about the same size. If I’m making a 6 inch cake, I practice on a 6 inch pan. I’m going to assume you know where I’m going with this. While this piping technique is very forgiving, if you haven’t used a petal tip before, you might not want to try it for the first time on, say, your wedding cake.

Friday afternoon piping practice…

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Second, as I’ve mentioned before, I always keep leftover frosting in a small container in the freezer. Whenever I have a little buttercream leftover from a project, I throw it in the container. It’s really ugly, but perfect for practicing. So, when I’ve got a little free time on my hands, I bring the frosting to room temperature, re-whip it, and practice.

This cake design is most easily executed on a cake turntable – as your dominant hand does the piping while the other turns the cake. I did the top of this cake in under five minutes – no lie. You will, of course, need to crumb coat and frost your cake before piping the rose. I tried to make the sides of my cake relatively smooth, but I wouldn’t fret over this. Imperfections lend themselves to a homestyle look, which is my favourite sort of design. The cake pictured in this post is six inches, but I’ve used this piping technique on a cake as large as eight inches. I wouldn’t go much larger than this, as I think the effect would be lost.

buttercream ruffle rose tutorial | movita beaucoup | an easy technique requiring minimal skills - very forgiving!

To get started you’ll need a smooth buttercream (I used chocolate swiss meringue buttercream) and a piping bag fitted with a large petal tip – Ateco #125 or Wilton #125. When piping your rose, the wide part of the tip will be held downward, skimming the top of the cake as you pipe. The piping bag should be held almost parallel to the cake.

buttercream ruffle rose tutorial | movita beaucoup.com | a simple and forgiving way to embellish the top of a cake!

Begin by piping a little bud (teeny loop of frosting) at the centre of the cake, and then continue piping ribbons of buttercream round and round until you work your way to the outer edge of the cake. Long segments or short segments, right up against the previously piped petals. Imperfections make it look more glorious. The angle of your piping bag will vary the petals, as will the angle of your piping tip. Tilting or waving the tip adds effect as well.

buttercream ruffle rose tutorial | movita beaucoup | a simple and forgiving piping technique!

I hope the video below will make this technique clear for you. Also, you’ll get to hear a lot of rambling, which should give you a sense of what 2.0 deals with EVERY DAY.

{click here to watch on youtube}

Don’t forget to clean your piping bags and tips very, very well. Insufficiently cleaned bags and tips are high risk in terms of food contamination. They are two of the tools bakers and bakeries worry most about, as piping bags are most often used for products that contain dairy. It’s the perfect storm if you allow stuff to fester in there. If I’m making a cake for a client, I always use new, disposable bags for piping, and I’m obsessive about cleaning my piping tips.

Alright. I think you’re ready. Go forth and decorate!

buttercream ruffle rose tutorial | movita beaucoup | easy to pipe and very forgiving!


  1. sublimedelights on February 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Love the Video!! And the bleeps. Very good info and great presentation

    • movita beaucoup on February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks so much! *bleep*

  2. Kara Lalalala on February 3, 2015 at 11:29 am

    That is super beautiful and I am definitely doing this the next time I made a buttercream cake. Thanks, lady! Your cakes are the bomb.

    • movita beaucoup on February 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      My heart just exploded! Thanks! xox

  3. thatskinnychickcanbake on February 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am truly icing impaired :/

    • movita beaucoup on February 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      I’ve got lots of easy peasy tips headed your way, Liz!!

  4. Cherrill on February 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Beautiful! I’m definitely trying this. Swiss Meringue buttercream is my spirit animal. Normally “leftover” frosting gets stored in my belly, but I like your idea of using it for practice too,.

    • movita beaucoup on February 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      I should have been more clear: the only stuff that makes it into the practice container is the stuff we haven’t already spread all over our faces.

  5. Kelly Neil on February 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Love this, but really love your manicure.

    • movita beaucoup on February 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Shout out to essie’s ballet slipper pink!

  6. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) on February 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Oh, you make that look so easy – Movita. Only just realised you live in Halifax – we have friends arriving next week who live there – looks such a beautiful place.

    • movita beaucoup on February 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Halifax is the bestest! I’m completely grateful to live here. Of course, I’m biased as a born and raised Nova Scotian…

  7. karen on February 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Your amazing! You make everything look so easy. Your video is awesome.

    • movita beaucoup on February 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Thanks, Karen!

  8. LADY TOFU on February 3, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Dear Movita,
    I love this video, however I always imagined you with a much deeper voice maybe hoarse from yelling or too many cigars and bourbon……it’s still a super awesome video and I love the shade of frosting. What color is it?

    • movita beaucoup on February 4, 2015 at 6:13 am

      You are not the first person to make that comment about the video! Sadly, my voice is a bit more… loud elf than bourbon chic! The frosting is a chocolate swiss meringue buttercream – milk chocolate, to be exact! It’s my absolute favourite frosting at the moment.

  9. Willow @ Will Cook For Friends on February 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I love the tutorial! Oh my gosh, SO GOOD. You started talking at the beginning of the video and I thought, no, this can’t be right, she sounds way too… and then you swore, and I was like “ah, all is right with the world!” I cannot say enough how happy it made me that you kept the outtakes in the video, it was the perfect storm of highly entertaining, and incredibly helpful. You are one talented and hilarious lady!

  10. wee eats on February 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I am so in awe of this cake. I am still not even close to convinced that it is something I could do, though… my arms get tired just watching!

  11. Stacy on February 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    You make it look completely do-able! Just sorry you bleeped out the curse words. I think they would have been most amusing.

  12. Stephbo on February 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I’m afraid you lost me at “leftover frosting.” I’m not at all familiar with this concept.

  13. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on February 11, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Holy cow, I think I could do that. 🙂

  14. shannon on February 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    why does everyone think you should have a deeper voice? more importantly, WHY DO I ECHO THEIR SENTIMENTS?!? i will say i had your accent nailed in my head, though: THAT i got right.

    I’m so distracted by your beautiful elfin voi…wait. did you just tell me (i’m listening to the video as i type) to pipe a SMALL BUTT ONTO THE CENTER OF MY CAKE? i mean, i’ll happily pipe a small butt onto the center of ANY cake for you.

  15. shannon on February 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    oh wait: probably since we’re talking about roses, you said “small BUD” and i heard that incorrectly.

    can we do the tutorial soon where we DO get to pipe small butts onto cakes, though? Do i need to put that in the “ask movita anything” section?

  16. movita beaucoup on June 27, 2016 at 7:26 am

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