Ann Reardon

Pretty Butter Cream Flower Cake

buttercream flower cake ann reardon howtocookthat

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you have a blessed 2016. Thanks for all of your love and support last year.
You can see a playlist of all of last years videos here.
This beautiful flower cake is made entirely from buttercream and it is easier that you’d think. I’ll show you in the video how to create the flowers and put the whole thing together. This would be perfect for anyone who loves getting a bunch of flowers.


Basic buttercream recipe for flowers

buttercream frosting recipe for flowers
120g (4.23 ounces) or 1/2 cup plus 2 tsp butter
2 1/2 cups or 315g (11.11 ounces) icing sugar (icing mixture is fine-it does not have to be pure icing sugar)
1-4 Tbsp or 15-60 millilitres (2.03 fluid ounces) milk or cream

Leave the butter to soften at room temperature, then beat together with the icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk (or cream) until smooth and light in colour. Add extra spoons of milk one at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
For other buttercream flavours see this recipe post.

 Mascapone Filling Recipe
mascapone filling for cakes
250g (8.82 ounces) or 1 cup cream cheese
250g (8.82 ounces) or 1 cup mascapone cheese
65g (2.29 ounces) or 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

 Sponge Cake
one and a half times this fluffy sponge cake recipe baked in three 8″ round tins

 Coffee Syrup Recipe:
cofee syrup for cakes ann reardon
50millilitres (1.69 fluid ounces) or 3 Tbsp and 1 tsp water
75g (2.65 ounces) or 1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee
Heat together the water and sugar until it is dissolved. Add the coffee. Apply liberally to the sponge cake.

 Piping Tips that you will need
how to pipe buttercream flowers cake
petals 125
small round tip eg: 4
leaf 67

by Ann Reardon Copyright 2016 How To Cook That

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50 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 4.5

    Can I use white chocolate ganache for the buttercream flowers? It is because i don’t really like the texture of the basic buttercream?

    • Hi Athena.C, Ann thinks it is likely that the ganache will not hold the shape well.

      • instead of basic buttercream (american buttercream ), what buttrcream /ganache / any things can i use for the buttercream flowers ?

  2. Rating: 4

    The rainbow steam cake had these buttercream flowers as the topper. It was a huge hit. I found this frosting very sensitive to temperature. In the video it’s mentioned that if you live somewhere hot to top your cake fast. It is not hot where I live, technically still winter. We had to stop midway and refreeze flowers. Regardless, we were so happy with the result. It was my first foray in piping flowers. Fun!!

    • Great job Elizabeth. Ann usually will take a couple of flowers out of the freezer at a time, to keep them easy to work with. If you found that your buttercream was a little too sensitive, you could slightly reduce the milk/cream quantity.

  3. How long does the buttercream stand for in room temperature?

    • Hi Jerrimae, it will depend on what the room temperature is in your environment. It is usually very stable in a cool environment or standard room temp of 21-22C

  4. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Ann!
    I would like to try to make this lovely cake but I want to practice piping flowers first. I am searching where to buy the “flower spike” that you used but can’t find anything like that. I am seeing the plastic ones that holds the flower sugar and you have to insert on the cake itself. Would you mind telling me what brand is that you were using and what exactly it’s called please? I would really appreciate your help.

    Thanks so much!

    • Try searching instead for an icing flower nail.

  5. Rating: 5

    Thanks for such a wonderful cake and giving us the confidence to try something that looks too difficult!

  6. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann I’m destiny and I love your channel

  7. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann
    I love watching your videos. There is so much helpful info and tips for creating cakes…keep up the great videos and thank you! Happy 2016 New Year to you and your family!

    • Thanks Gail. Blessings to you and your family as well.

  8. Rating: 5

    make another mixer give away

  9. What piping nozzle do you use to apply the buttercream to the cake? It looks like a very large nozzle.

    • Hi Nancy, Ann used a 789 tip to apply the frosting to the side of the cake.

  10. Rating: 4

    Hi Ann this cake looks soo good, well I have celiac disease and I really love cakes so much so can you please make a gluten free cake recipe? It’ll help me so much and thanks!

  11. Rating: 4.5

    Looks amazing! Would love to try someday!

  12. Rating: 5

    I will try to make those flowers. You make it look so simple and I love watching your videos. You are so clever…

  13. Rating: 5

    Great recipe ideas Ann,keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thanks Aneesa.

  14. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Ann, I love watching your videos. Your creations are always so inspiring! Happy New Year!

  15. I want to ask i m in qatar here the temp is mostly 40-50 degree only winters which are for one month hardly is better
    I have to add crisco to make it better and when i use more icing to make stable it became too sweet
    My flowers are not bery stiff like urs

    • Rating: 4

      See picture i posted

      • Well done Farheen!

      • This looks amazing Farheen.

    • Rating: 5

      You can use meringue powder , it is available at tavola store, and wiltone , it is super in our wether, add one table spoon, it is tasteless, and make buttercream flowers looking fabulous

      • Rating: 4

        Great tip, Amani. Thank you!
        Farheen, your flowers are gorgeous.

  16. Rating: 5

    Hello Ann. i was wondering if you could do a giveaway of an iphone or an ipad… It will be awesome if i will, or if someone else wi. By the way, i’ve seen the technique on wilton, but your cake it GORGIOUS !!!!!!!!!!! If you’re ok with the giveaway, please reply 🙂

  17. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Ann, may I know the colors you used for the flowers, they are lovely.

  18. Rating: 4.5

    Beautiful! Would love to try this.

  19. Rating: 5

    hi Ann!!! I am greatly amazed by this outstanding masterpiece. keep it up.
    your youngest(maybe) fan and subscriber

    • thanks Ishikhaa

  20. Rating: 5

    nice amazing!!!

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