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The Trendy Buttercream Flowers Every Cake Decorator Should Know How to Make

Beautiful buttercream florals are becoming quite the must-know technique in the world of cake decorating. Tasty blooms add the wow factor to cupcakes and cakes — especially bright, bold flowers like peonies.

How to pipe buttercream peonies by Juniper Cakery

Beautiful buttercream peony tutorial

Materials needed:

  • Large flower nail
  • Parchment paper squares (around 3″ x 3″)
  • Cream or soft yellow buttercream
  • Pink buttercream
  • Small grass piping tip
  • Medium curved petal piping tip

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Learn how to pipe buttercream open peonies

Step 1: Make the base of the flower

Affix a square of parchment paper onto your flower nail with a tiny bit of buttercream. Begin the center of your open peony flower with a fair sized dollop of buttercream. We simply pipe ours with the soft yellow buttercream and grass tip, which we’ll use in the next step. This bit of buttercream won’t be seen in the end, as it’s just going to help guide the shape and height of your flower and stamens.

Easy tutorial for buttercream open peony flowers by Juniper Cakery

Step 2: Pipe the stamens

With your grass tip and the softer yellow or cream buttercream, pipe out your stamens. Begin from the base of the buttercream dollop you just piped and swipe upward, making sure that the grass-like strands being piped out cover everything up! You should be left with a nice cluster of stamens as in the picture.

Step-by-step guide on how to make buttercream open peony flowers

Step 3: Add the petals

Now you can start adding those shapely peony petals! It’s tempting to use huge tips for this because peonies are big florals, but you’ll lose control over your buttercream. Keep it modest with a medium curved petal tip. Pipe over and around your stamen center three times, creating the lovely cupped look of peonies.

Buttercream open peony tutorial

Work your way around using your curved petal tip. You should pipe each petal separately and in alternates. So for each new row of petals, start from the middle of each petal on the previous row. To create a more ruffled look, gently zig-zag your tip back and forth ever so slightly as you pipe.

How to create open peonies from buttercream

Keep piping out your petals until you have an open peony the exact size you need.

Easy buttercream peony tutorial

Step 4: Adding buttercream peonies to a cake

Adding buttercream flowers to cakes and cupcakes just needs the extra help of a freezer and some patience. After piping your peonies, gently slide them off your nail onto a flat surface. Then place them in the freezer for up to an hour. When they’re set and chilled, use an angled palette knife or even handy flower lifters to remove each of them off their parchment paper squares and set them in place.

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6 Comments

Tracey

What tip number? A photo of it would have been nice. Love the tutorial.

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Susie

The Wilton 123 is a curved tip.

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Felicity and Krystle

Hi Tracey,
We used the Ateco 123 piping tip which is very similar to the Wilton 123.

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Anneke Peters

What kind of buttercream is used here? Does it contain shortening?

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Felicity and Krystle

Hi there Anneke Peters,
We just a standard American Buttercream, but we know a few decorators who’ve used both a shortening based frosting or a SMBC too. Happy piping!

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Rachel

Will the wilton #403 tip work for peonies? ? Anyone know? I think these are so gorgeous. I use an all butter SMBC. . ..thanks!!

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