Cake Decorating 101: Rose Cake
So far in the Cake Decorating 101 series, we have looked at different ways to make flowers with fondant, frost a cake with butter cream and cream cheese frosting, spruce things up with easy designs and we have learned how to decorate the inside of the cake to create beautiful patterns.
Photos by Molly Dunn Making roses with frosting isn't as hard as it seems.
This week, I am going to show you how to decorate an entire cake by piping roses out of cream cheese frosting. Many times these cakes are professionally done, however, it can be easily created at home.
I enjoy cream cheese frosting more than butter cream frosting, however you can most certainly use butter cream frosting.
Because I chose to use cream cheese frosting, I baked a carrot cake - my favorite cake to pair with cream cheese frosting. You may notice that the cake pictured isn't as large as a regular cake, and that's because it's not. When you make roses with frosting, you are going to use a lot more frosting than normal and it takes a long time, so I suggest decorating a smaller cake from 6-inch pans for your first attempt at piping roses with frosting.
After you make the crumb coat, stick the cake in the refrigerator to firm up.
Once the cakes finish cooling on the racks, tightly wrap each layer with plastic wrap, then stick the cakes in the refrigerator. This will help the cakes firm up before you trim the tops to flatten each layer, otherwise you'll have a mess of crumbs and your cake will start to fall apart.
As you prepare the cream cheese frosting with room temperature cream cheese and buttter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar, make sure the frosting isn't too runny; it needs to be thick enough to hold its shape on the sides of the cake. If it isn't thick enough, it will slide right off. To ensure the frosting holds its shape when you pipe it onto the cake, add enough powdered sugar to the equal parts cream cheese and butter.
Place a dollop of frosting in the center of the plate you will stack the cakes, then place one of the cake layers on top of the frosting. Cover the top of this cake layer with about a quarter inch of frosting, and repeat with the remaining two cake layers.