Intricate Cake and Cupcake decorations have always intrigued me. The minute detail in each and every design has always scared me off and made me doubt my artistic capability. With my friends upcoming Spring season themed lunch, I motivated myself to step outside the box and try my hand at buttercream frosting. I mean what was the worse that could happen? I could fail miserably but no matter what I put together I would still have received compliments from my dear old hubby to cheer me up and try again.
After scouring the Internet and looking at various YouTube tutorials, I found MyCupcakeAddiction. Her videos and instructions were the easiest one to follow. I used her Buttercream Frosting Recipe, which includes:
Softened Unsalted Butter 2½ Sticks
Confectioners Sugar 5 cups
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
The method was pretty simple to follow. Whip the butter until soft and creamy. Add Sugar 1 cup at a time until well incorporated and add vanilla extract. For the Roses, I left the frosting as it is till here, since you need the frosting to be a bit firmer. For the swirly flowers I added 1 Tablespoon of milk to make it a little softer. I used the Cake Boss Food Colour Gels to colour the frosting. This is the part where you can have as much fun as you want with it!
For the Buttercream Roses I used Wilton’s 104 Petal Decorating Tip.
For the Swirly Roses I used Wilton’s 1M Star Decorating Tip.
Considering that this was my very first attempt at Buttercream frosting and decoration, I think I did alright with the roses but I could use some practice on the swirly flowers. What do you think?