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Rose Cupcakes… Easier Than You Think!

My sister and I have birthdays two years and one day apart. Having birthdays close together meant we shared many birthday parties over the years. It worked out well for a long time because we had many of the same friends.

It seems my mom timed things perfectly. Imagine only having to rent the bounce house once a year, or go to one of those jumping places, where kids run loose with their socks on, getting lost in all of the plastic tubes. Back when I was little, or let’s see how my son’s best buddy, Colby, put it last week, “In the olden days, when my mom was little…”. (Since when did old become early thirties?) Anyway, back in the olden days, when I was little, parents didn’t rent bounce houses and take kids to over-priced, lawsuit waiting to happen, jumping places. We had good old-fashioned parties, complete with games, birthday hats, and a sheet cake with the fancy roses on it. Every kid would beg for those  roses, and if you were the birthday girl, you knew one was reserved especially for you.

Had we just known the easy secret back then, every kid could have had her own rose cupcake. Sure it wouldn’t be the same as the sugar-induced coma roses from the grocery store sheet cakes, but everyone would have the thrill of being awarded a rose.   

I made the rose cupcakes for the Bachelorette finale party. The cupcake rose design is simple to make. You need the Wilton 1M tip that makes the pretty swirl that you see on top of  a lot of cupcakes. The cupcake’s frosting on the left was piped using the 1M tip. To achieve this look, you start piping from the outside and work your way in (tutorial here).


That same 1M tip makes a pretty rose when you do the opposite, holding the piping bag at a 90 degree angle and starting in the center. You turn the cupcake counter clockwise as you pipe the frosting, applying gentle pressure on the bag. Volia, you’ve made a rose.

The cupcakes were piped with a two-toned, white and pink frosting. For a tutorial on how to make the two-toned frosting, check out one of my previous posts here. It gives a nice effect to the roses.

Here’s a Youtube tutorial I found if you’d like to watch the piping in action.

I also just made a big discovery for all of the left-handed baking lovin’ people out there. I’m a lefty too, living in a right-handed world. There are pastry tips specifically designed for left-handers. Scroll through the page on Global Sugar Art to see the possibilities! I can’t wait to try them.

This led me to my next discovery. Piping letters is my biggest challenge, and I finally figured out why… I’m left-handed. It is more challenging for lefties to pipe words from left to right than it is for right-handed people. Here are a few tips for left-handers. Lefties have to stick together!

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6 Responses to Rose Cupcakes… Easier Than You Think!
  1. Cookbook Queen
    August 15, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes and so easy!! Thanks so much for the idea.

    I agree on the birthdays, it seems like they have gotten so ridiculous nowadays. Whatever happened to goody bags and party games and paper streamers? My son has never had a birthday party anywhere besides our house. And I always have games with prizes.

    Can’t wait to try this rose technique out!!

  2. Karyl
    August 16, 2010 | 7:51 am

    These are just gorgeous! I’m thinking New Year’s Day (for the Rose Parade).

  3. Kate
    August 16, 2010 | 7:58 am

    The rose cupcakes would be perfect for the Rose Parade. Great idea!!

  4. sana
    September 16, 2010 | 1:09 am

    I am a lefty too!! And I never knew that it would be a challenge for me to decorate because of that. Tonight I am going to decorate my first ever sugar cookies and good that I read this so if there are any problems I know what to blame! :) btw, great looking cupcakes..cant wait to try the roses.

  5. Vicki Hales
    November 5, 2011 | 6:36 am

    What a wonderful,colorfull cupcake. Makes you just want to look at it & not eat it!!!
    Thanks for the helpful hint on fixing the top of the cupcake. Taste great too!!! I will pass on this recipe to my friends also.



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