The BEST Buttercream for Piping Flowers

Have you ever tried to pipe lush buttercream flowers only to have them fall flat? Your buttercream might be to blame.

Buttercream RosesFall Buttercream Cake from Man About Cake

The secret to piping sturdy flowers that never wilt or droop lies in the buttercream itself. Joshua John Russell, the star of Man About Cake, is sharing his go-to buttercream for piping recipe with us. Whip up a batch and your cakes will be blooming with flowers you’re proud to show off.

Buttercream for Piping Flowers

Buttercream for piping flowers recipe

Yield: Makes about 2½ pounds (1.1 kg)


  • 2 cups (415 g) organic vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups (480 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Madagascar bourbon vanilla


  1. Place the shortening in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Cream on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping the bowl at 30 seconds.
  3. Add half of the sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated and smooth, about 1 minute, scraping the bowl at 30 seconds.
  4. Add the remaining sugar and vanilla and mix on low speed until smooth.

Watch JJR pipe his own buttercream blooms in the latest episode of Man About Cake!

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