If you’ve ever wondered how to pipe rosettes on to cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, we have you covered! This is an easy step-by-step tutorial on piping rosettes and decorating any baked good you desire.
When many of us at Sweets and Treats HQ were young, we had such baking envy. You might have been there yourself: staring down gorgeously decorated cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, wishing you had even half the skill and talent of the master bakers of the world…
You may still think that. But be envious no more, treat-lovers! We have a simple way for you to begin your decorating journey with this easy tutorial on piping rosettes. It doesn’t take any inborn talent or years of schooling. In fact, for those who have always wondered how to pipe rosettes, it only takes a bit of practice!
Piping Rosettes: Supplies
For piping rosettes, you’ll need…
- Buttercream for piping: After all, what else would you be piping…water? Air? (Ha!) You can use store-bought buttercream or make your own at home with our tried-and-true recipe.
- Baked goods for rosettes: Cupcakes, cakes, cookies…whatever you’d like! (We also suppose you could pipe these onto a plate and eat them after, but that’s a little less fun, maybe?) FYI: we HIGHLY recommend practicing on cookies first.
- Gel coloring: If you want to color your buttercream, though if not, you can leave this out! To mimic our pictures, use pink gel coloring. Alternatively, using a small bit of red will do.
- Piping bag and large open star tip: You have two options here if you want to copy our pictures: a 1B or 2D tip should get you close! However, any star tip will work with this tutorial and may give you unexpectedly pretty or interesting results.
- Sprinkles: Optional, but again, if you want to copy our pictures, you’ll need to grab our Peep Show sprinkles mix.
How to Pipe Rosettes: Step by Step
Follow these instructions and you’ll be piping gorgeous rosettes in no time!
First, prepare your buttercream.
For this tutorial, you’ll want to use buttercream, not icing. (There’s a difference!) You can buy it from the store or use our tutorial to make it at home. Either way, make sure it’s nice and smooth, as you’ll have a very hard time getting your rosettes to look right otherwise. Color it with gel coloring at this step too!
Then, prepare the piping bag.
You’ll want to cut a small piece off the corner of the bag at this point. It should be big enough for the star tip you’re using to fit through without falling out. Drop the star tip into the bag and fit it into the cut corner. (All of this may seem obvious to experienced bakers, but sometimes eyeing up the proper size for a piping bag opening can be tough!) When the bag is prepped, fill your piping bag 3/4ths of the way with your buttercream.
Next, begin your rosette.
Hold the bag upright at the center of the cookie, cake, or cupcake. Squeeze the piping bag slightly to form a single dab, or star, of buttercream. This is the center of your rosette! Raise the tip slightly and from there pipe around the star in a circular motion, almost like writing a lowercase letter “e.”
Finally, finish your rosette!
Continue that circular motion. When you’re done with your rosette, stop squeezing the piping bag and raise it off the cookie. Viola! You’ve made a lovely rosette! And if it’s not lovely, keep practicing…you’ll nail it in no time! We use it the most on our tray bake cakes!
How did you like our tutorial on piping rosettes?
Now you can make any baked good super pretty and oh-so-adorable in a simple way! Comment down below with your thoughts on our tutorial on how to pipe rosettes. Did you find it easy? Not so much? Do you have any questions? We’d love to help you all and enjoy hearing from you!
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