How to Make Buttercream Flowers

April 11th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

Buttercream Flowers

We can almost hear Miranda Priestly. “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Except we think these amazing, life-like buttercream flowers truly are something special. Desserts teeming with artful and realistic blossoms have been all  over Pinterest, Instagram and our favorite blogs — and although they look intricate, they’re fairly easy to create. Here are our best tips for making buttercream flowers of your own.

Flower-Pin-Buttercream-FlowersUse a reference to help you create your blooms
Channel your inner artist and have a reference in front of you while creating your buttercream blossoms. Check your local grocery store or flower shop for inspiration, or search for images online.

The buttercream you use is key
Buttercream flowers were meant to look pretty, but they should taste good, too! Use a trusted buttercream icing recipe and quality ingredients. You can find our buttercream icing recipe here.

Avoid the hassle and have tip couplers handy
Use tip couplers to easily interchange piping tips, and avoid the hassle of preparing a new bag of frosting. You’ll want plenty!

Use two shades of green for your foliage
On cakes or large desserts with lots of flowers, use two different shades of green for more realistic foliage. We suggest keeping a lighter shade and darker shade handy for contrast. Cool tones make for the most realistic vines, stems and leaves.

Make your flowers different sizes
Another tip for cakes lush with florals — make your flowers varying sizes to mimic nature and make your creation more visually dynamic.

Use our favorite anti-accident hack — parchment paper and plenty of freezer room
To minimize the risk of splattering your creations across your kitchen floor, place a small square of parchment paper on the flower nail head and create your blossom there. Once complete, place your buttercream flowers in the freezer. When they’re frozen, you can easily transfer them from parchment to dessert without any mishaps.

Don’t forget to have fun!
Making beautiful buttercream florals is a labor of love, but remember that it’s fun, too. Not all flowers in nature are perfect or symmetrical, so embrace mistakes as happy accidents as you continue to practice your new skill — and don’t forget to show us your creations on social media at @wiltoncakes!

Ready to make your own floral creations? Check out our tutorials below:
Apple Blossom
English Rose
Forget Me Not
Ribbon Rose
Wild Rose

If you’re looking for more ways to hone the craft of icing flowers, check out Wilton’s How to Pipe Simple Icing Kit. This colorful instruction book makes decorating your desserts a breeze with easy to-follow-instructions that are perfect for beginners!


Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

8 Replies

  1. thefolia says:

    Viva la flora, especially the edible kind! Happy creating and of course happy feasting.

  2. Desiree, the main image of this blog post is so beautiful! What a beautiful display of buttercream flowers – and just in time for spring! Thank you for the direct links to each of the tutorials, that is very helpful.
    We sell Wilton products in Germany and are always excited to see new buttercream tutorials or tutorials specific to piping techniques with Wilton tips.
    Best Regards from Germany

  3. Sylvia says:

    Thank you for the posting. Love them all

  4. BRUCE says:

    Just starting this decorating a cake. Need help. Thanks.

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  6. Mash says:

    I like to join with you and get some new ideas

  7. Hayley says:

    So awesome I will have to try it!


  8. Renette says:

    What beautiful ideas

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