Strawberry Roses Can Take Cakes to a New Level of Gorgeous

How to Make a Strawberry Rose | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Take your treats up a notch and top ’em with roses — strawberry roses. It’s a fun (not to mention gorgeous) addition for anything that traditionally calls for strawberries — on a fruit plate, as a cupcake or cake topper, even as a garnish for pancakes, waffles or oatmeal. This tutorial features an ombré cake, but feel free to use your imagination!

Strawberry Roses

Level: Intermediate

What You Need

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Small, sharp knife
  • Piping gel or apricot jam (optional)
  • Instructions

    1. Trim the Strawberry

    Trim the Top off The Strawberry | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Trim the green, leafy hull off the top of the strawberry so the fruit sits flat.

    2. Cut the First Row of Petals

    Making the First Cut | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Hold the blade of your knife perpendicular to your work surface, about ½” up from the bottom of the strawberry. Make a small cut into the berry moving toward the bottom, but don’t cut all the way through.

    First Row of Cuts | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Work your way around the strawberry making these cuts. You should have four or five total. As you work, position each cut so that it begins where the one before ends.

    3. Cut the Second Row

    Making the Second Row of Cuts | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Choose a spot just above the first row, in between two petals, to begin your second row. Make your cuts smaller in this row, being careful not to cut into the first row. Continue all the way around the strawberry.

    4. Make a Third Row

    Third Row of Cuts | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    If your strawberry is large enough, make a third row of very, very small cuts above the second row. Just like before, start the row between two petals. If you have a smaller strawberry and no room for a third row, move on to the next step.

    5. Shape the Center

    cutting center of strawberry rose

    Finish the rose by cutting the tip of the strawberry in half, but again, not all the way through — this should be a tiny cut.

    Finished Strawberry Rose | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    This will create two small petals at the tip of the strawberry. Push these open with the tip of your finger, and use your fingers or the tip of the knife to gently pull the rest of the petals open and away from the berry.

    6. Prep for Decorating

    Strawberry Rose | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Plan to prepare your strawberry roses right before you put them on your cake. If they’re going to be sitting out for any length of time, brush them with a thin coat of piping gel or thinned apricot jam to keep them nice and red.

    7. Add the Strawberry Roses to Your Cake

    Strawberry Rose Cake | Erin Gardner

    Use a small amount of buttercream to adhere the roses to a frosted cake.

    Ta-da! You’ve got yourself a sweet and fresh topping. Decorate around the roses by piping buttercream leaves for an extra gorgeous look, or dig in as-is.

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