A lovely ring of royal icing poppies makes this cute cake perfect for almost any occasion. Simple yet elegant, this cake also features fun buttercream ruffles and even has some room on top for a few birthday candles! Save yourself time by piping the poppies in advance, then place them when you’re ready to decorate.

White cake with red poppies

A fun and rewarding cake for decorators of all skill levels, this Pretty Poppy Cake is a treat for all the senses!

Instructions:

Step 1:  Two days in advance, make royal icing poppies. Prepare royal icing according to recipe. Using Moss Green icing color, tint ¼ cup icing green. Using Black icing color, tint ¼ cup black. Tint remaining icing red using color combination provided. Combine Red-Red with a moderate amount of Christmas Red to get red color shown.

Step 2:  Prepare bags with royal icing. Prepare one bag with tip 104 and red, one bag with tip 32 and green and one bag with tip 2 and black.

Using the poppy technique, pipe 8 to 10 poppies. Let dry 24-48 hours, longer if conditions are humid.

Step 3:  Bake cake. Prepare cake mix according to recipe instructions. Bake and cool two 6-inch layers. Level to 2 ½ in. each and stack for a 5-inch high cake. Ice smooth with white buttercream, leaving sides lightly iced.

Step 4:  Prepare bag. Prepare decorating bag with tip 104 and white icing.

Step 5:  Decorate cake. Pipe vertical ruffles on sides of cake, starting at base. Use slightly heavy pressure to create ruffled line while piping straight up.

Place poppies in a ring around the top edge, pressing in gently to ensure placement.