Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easy Swirl Roses Tutorial

Hello!  It is time for that easy swirl rose tutorial I promised you a while back!

These roses are so easy to make (am I using the word "easy" too much?).  And the roses are so beautiful and romantic!  They can be used to decorate cupcakes, regular cakes, cookies - and whatever else you can think of. 

Ok, enough photo's already!  I think you get the idea.  

Let's get started!  I made just a basic cupcake to demonstrate how to make these roses.  Ideally your cupcakes should be a little less rounded than these; as you could probably see from the pictures when they are rounded it makes it harder to cover the entire top of the cupcake with this decorating technique. 

To pipe a rose, using a 1M Wilton tip in your frosting bag, hold the bag straight up from your cupcake.

Gently squeeze bag and move in a circular motion starting from the center and moving outward, around and around.

Finish by releasing pressure and gently bringing the tip kind of under your last loop.  I apologize for the confusing way of writing that; I can't think of an easier way to say it!  To try to put it simply: finish off the rose so it looks natural - no awkward points or anything. 

That is all you need to do to make a swirl rose on a cupcake!

If you are decorating a regular cake, pipe a rose onto the side of your cake, and continue to pipe roses all the way around cake.  I love to just sprinkle large and small roses here and there on a cake.  Experiment and have fun!  For the top of the cake, start by piping roses along the perimeter and move towards the center.  Fill in empty spots on the entire cake with dollops of stars, very easy to do!  Just gently squeeze and lift pastry bag.

You could also go with a very symmetrical look by just piping large roses in a circle around the cake, and filling in with little 'stars.'

Just as a demonstration, this is a cake I made last year using the swirl rose technique.  Not the greatest pictures, but hopefully you will get the idea.

That is it!  Swirl roses are so beautiful and easy to make.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions, and I will try to help! 

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