Published On: Tue, Feb 4th, 2020

Rose cupcakes

Step-by-step: Palette knife painted rose cupcakes tutorial

Looking for a simple yet effective decoration for your cupcakes? Look no further than these beautiful rose cupcakes by Neetha Syam from Buttercream Petals Cake Art School.

rose cupcakes

You will need:


• cupcakes

• pink buttercream (I used Wilton Rosa), in different light and darker shades


• small palette knife


1. Scoop out a little dark pink buttercream on the back of a small palette knife.

2. Place the palette knife flat on the middle of the cupcake. Apply even pressure with a curved movement, then place all the buttercream on the back of the palette knife onto the cupcake. Repeat the same process on the other side of the petal.

3. Now go around and apply more petals, making sure each time you apply the petals in a curved movement, which will add texture and 3D structure to the petals. The more buttercream you have on the back of the palette knife, the more the petal will have 3D definition.

4. After about 3 layers of dark pink, you can repeat the same process with a lighter shade of pink buttercream, working outwards towards the edge to finish the rose shape. Alternate with different colours in the centre if you wish.

Find out more about Buttercream Petals online and face-to-face buttercream workshops at

rose cupcakes

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As featured in October 2019 issue of Baking Heaven Magazine

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