The Rose Cake

Today is my daughter Susan's birthday, so I wanted to bake a special birthday cake for her. I wanted to make something pretty, but not the typical sheet cake with piped borders and "Happy Birthday" script that I have done for her so many times. Instead of the usual, I made her this Rose Cake.

There are different tutorials for rose cakes online, but I found the one at I Am Baker to be helpful.  I used a boxed white mix and baked the cake in two 9-inch round pans.

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened, but not melted
3 - 4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Beat butter for a few minutes with the paddle attachment of an electric mixer on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar, turn mixer on lowest speed (so sugar doesn't blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk/cream 1 tablespoon at a time.

This makes a creamy smooth frosting.

I found that one batch of this frosting was not enough for this cake. I made two batches.

I put the layers together with frosting, then did a thin coat of frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Then I put the cake in the freezer for a few hours to make it easier to work with.

Then using a 1M tip, I started the roses around the outer edge of the cake. This was my first time to attempt decorating with this tip, so my roses are far from professional.

Next, I did the roses on top of the cake. I believe it would have been better had I squeezed in more roses, because all that empty space has to be filled in with swirls.

My daughter Susan is a dedicated nurse who works very hard at her job. I hope this cake and this birthday will be special for her. Happy birthday, Susan.


  1. I made this cake for Mother's Day this year. Yours looks so much better than mine did! Great job with the roses. Your daughter must have been so thrilled to have such a special cake for her birthday!

  2. I am always so impressed with this cake. I love that you showed us the top of the cake, because most people only show us a view from the side. I think yours looks professional and I can't believe that is the first time you tried that tip.

  3. That is a beautiful cake! Happy Birthday to our daughter! :)

  4. I love your rose cake. It is beautiful and professional looking. I am sure your daughter loves it.

    THis is so beautiful, I would like to show it off at our linky, Bake with Bizzy. Would you be kind enough to share it with us?

  5. Stunning! Mailing this straight to my sister who bakes in Nashville, TN. I see you are in AR! Me, too! Blessings,

  6. I've been in love with this idea since the cake started popping up on my fav blogs. Can't wait to have an opportunity to make one. Great job on yours!


  7. OMG this is beautiful, would you like to be my mom? I hope she appreciated her birthday cake- please come and share this with WorkShop Wednesday! It would make a great addition to the party!

  8. What a special cake. You did a great job with the frosting. I am awful at decorating at frosting, hehe, so I envy your skill.

    Thanks so much for linking up with Recipe Sharing Monday! :D

  9. This is stunning! I was so impressed when I saw it on Jam Hands. My birthday was the 1st! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  10. No matter how many times I see this cake it's always a stunner. You did a magnificent job! I'm sure your daughter was thrilled to receive this. Happy birthday to her.

  11. Anita-

    This is stunning! I am throwing a baby shower for a friend, and I think this would be such a classy addition to the sweet table. Pinning you for my dessert file at Pinterest...

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

  12. I love the intricate details! Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST)! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!

  13. I saw your cake on another blog hop and HAD to write to you about it! First, it is totally gorgeous! Second, I'm sure it is delicious!!! And lastly, you have amazing talent! I'd be so honored if you would stop over and share this treat on my weekend foodie blog hop going on right now. I feature 8 blogs every week and would love to feature this cake and your blog. Hope to see you there. The linky stays open until Monday evening!

  14. HI! Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this recipe on Tasty Tuesday tomorrow. Come by and grab a button, thanks for linking!!!

  15. Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday. I featured your post for my sweets week!

  16. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    I hope to see you there!

  17. Thanks so much for linking up... this had the 2nd most hits last week and was featured this week!

  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I wish I could have had this today! No one got me cake! Thanks for linking to Thematic Thursday!

    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network

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