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.
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!
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!