Published On: Tue, Aug 25th, 2020

Pull apart cupcakes

Learn how to decorate pull apart cupcakes with this easy-to-follow tutorial by Neetha Syam from Buttercream Petals Art School.

Create this eye-catching, floral ‘pull apart’ masterpiece using buttercream and piping techniques…

Pull apart cupcakes with buttercream

Pull apart cupcakes


To decorate

  • cupcakes, baked in cupcake cases
  • vanilla buttercream
  • chocolate buttercream
  • a few gel colours of your choice (I used Wilton)



  • piping bags
  • scissors
  • flower nail
  • Wilton 104 nozzle
  • Wilton 352 nozzle
  • Wilton 47 nozzle


1. Divide and colour the buttercream using gel colours of your choice.

coloured buttercream

2. Using one colour of buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 104 nozzle, pipe a cone in the middle of the flower nail. Pipe three curved upright petals around the cone, forming a small hole in the middle. This is the bud of the rose. Pipe more curved petals around the bud to form a small rose. You can pipe more layers of petals to make bigger roses, if you wish.

Piping with Wilton nozzle

3. Continue to pipe roses in your choice of different colours; I used five different shades.

Piping buttercream roses

4. Arrange the cupcakes in your desired shape – I used a 1, 2, 3, 2 arrangement.

Buttercream roses

5. Put the chocolate buttercream in a piping bag fitted with the Wilton 47 nozzle, then pipe basket weaves on the bottom section to create a basket effect.

Pipe basket weaves

6. Pipe leaf petals in between the gaps using a Wilton 352 nozzle.

Pipe leaf petals

7. Freeze the piped roses for 15 minutes, then arrange them on the cupcakes. Pipe more leaves in between any gaps.

Arrange roses on pull apart cupcakes

8. Finish off by piping a ribbon around the basket using the Wilton 104 nozzle.

Piping a buttercream ribbon

Stand back and admire your pull apart cupcakes!

Pull apart roses

As featured in May 2020 issue of Baking Heaven Magazine

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