Monday, October 1, 2012

Rosette Cake

This whole running thing is really doing a number on me, now I know why the expression is run down! The last time I burnt out was just before my birthday party. I didn't run for three days and felt like a mix between catching a cold and being hungover (without the fun part of actually drinking!) This time it's turned into an actual cold. I thought I did really well running non-stop for one and a half hours on Saturday but on Sunday when I started getting cold symptoms and went for another run (only 35 minutes), that is when it kicked in. Stupid me! So now I'm sick. It's officially the uni holidays but I've decided to try and get some temp work while I can to make a few extra dollars. Sick or not sick I'm still blogging about cake, you can't catch my cold this way!

Rosette Cake

Rosette Cake

I made this cute rosette cake for my official birthday on September the 11th. I had uni that night and lucky for me we had already organised a shared dinner. I decided it was only fair that I bake and decorate my own cake, I mean it's me we're talking about here. I wanted to try out some cool buttercream techniques. There are a few on my to-do list but no one ever asks me to make a buttercream cake, it's always fondant covered! This one was super easy to do but I still had trouble with it. I think the main reason is because it's not strictly a perfect cake. Once you pipe the lovely rosettes there are gaps everywhere and you fill them by piping swishy bits all over the place (swishy bits is a very well known cake term don't ya know!) So after piping these swishes it leaves a funny spiky bit which I hated. I tried taking it off and piping it again, I also tried smudging it with my finger but nothing worked, I wasn't happy! In the end I had to stand back and look at the whole picture. It wasn't half bad. I just needed to see the whole thing not one tiny swishy part.

Rosette Cake


I decided the cake wasn't quite finished and rummaged around my office to see what I could find. I remembered my trip to Bunnings where me and Mr S sneakily took one of each shade of teal and yellow paint chip cards. At the time I had no idea what to use them for but funnily enough I used both for my birthday (you'll see the yellow shortly). I cut out diamond shapes from each of the paint cards and glued them  to the string and then stuck them together. So easy!

Rosette Cake

Rosette Cake

How to decorate a rosette cake:
  • Cover cake with a crumb coat of icing, that's a thin layer of buttercream the same colour as the roses you are going to pipe. Just so you can't see any crumbs.
  • Fill piping bag half full with buttercream equipped with the Wilton 1M tip (or a large star tip) on the end.
  • On the side of the cake, start in the centre and start the pipe a circle in a clockwise motion. The tip actually does all the work for you! I did two loops of my rose so it fitted onto the sides nicely.
  • Next to the first rose leave a little space and pipe the next rose.
  • Continue piping roses around the entire cake.
  • Use the same method on top of the cake. I did one rose in the middle then six around it but you could do any number on top.
  • Fill in the gaps using a swishy motion and try to make the swish match the rose that it is next to.
  • Stand back and marvel at your beautiful creation. Looks hard but it's actually easy!


6 comments :

  1. So elegantly gorgeous. What buttercream recipe do you use?

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    1. Thank you Alison! I used the one off my vanilla cupcakes page, though usually I change it up a bit
      http://www.lydiabakes.com/2012/03/vanilla-cupcakes-recipe.html

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  2. I'm actually going to give this a go! love your work :)

    Leanne

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    1. Thanks Leanne! That is too kind! Good luck, would love to see the finished product!

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