How To Make A Rose Cake


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This rose cake. I’m still in awe of it. Start to finish, this beauty was decorated in way less than ten minutes with little more effort than classic buttercream icing and a 1M piping tip.

how to make a rose cake

I’d tell you it was five minutes, but my personal learning curve for filling the decorating bag was a little steep. When I tell you that I am NOT a cake decorator, you really should believe me.

However, this cake might fool you into thinking I have a clue what I am doing in the cake department. (Yes, if you look closely,  you’ll find a whole lot of mistakes, but me, I am giddy over it! It still looks 4,827,391 times better than any cake that has ever been made in my kitchen in the past!)

The Rose Cake decorating technique was created by the fantastically talented Amanda Retke. I’m betting that Amanda could have decorated this cake in about 3 minutes with a hand tied behind her back, but I am still thrilled with my ten minute time. In addition to all of her talents, Amanda is one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve met since I started blogging.

how to make a rose cake tutorial

If I can make this cake, ANYONE can. Seriously. I am the least talented cake decorator you’ll ever meet and this cake decorating technique makes it look like I know my way around a piping bag.
Check out the step by step tutorial here and prepare to be amazed by how EASY it is!

how to make a rose cake

Amanda is one of the most creative and talented cake decorators around and she has just published a fantastic cookbook filled with the most unique cakes I’ve ever seen. I’ve flipped through my copy of Surprise Inside Cakes so many times now, I have a long list of cakes I want to try making!

Surprise Inside Cakes is filled with everything from beginner to expert level cake decorating tips, in addition to fantastic cake and frosting recipes for every occasion.  

Now for my favorite part! Amanda is giving away a copy of Surprise Inside Cakes to one lucky Barefeet In The Kitchen reader. All you need to do to be entered to win is leave a comment on this post telling me YOUR favorite kind of cake! Make sure there is an email address included, so that I can contact the winner.

A cake made to look like a face

Giveaway CLOSED. Entry is limited to US residents only. I wish I could include everyone, but the legalities involved with international giveaways prevent me from doing that. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Surprise Insides cakes to review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #surpriseinsidecakes

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Unknown says

    My favorite cake is a Black Forest Cherry Cake. I recipe I created from several different ideas. I would love this cookbook and my daughters will want to borrow it! j l m c c l u r e 7 7 at g m a i l . com

  2. sn says

    Oh my favorite cake was my Grammy's Date Walnut Cake that she would make for Christmas. She'd bring it chilled from sitting outside on her porch and the dates were chewy and delicious… 🙂 i do books at comcast dot net

  3. ABQ Cat Mum says

    I was raised by an auntie who was a superb cake baker. Alas! This particular gene was not passed down to me! Therefore, when behind the 8 ball, I bake this apple coffee cake. I think the recipe was originally published by a coffee brand a couple of decades ago. It has never failed to bake properly and has never failed to garner praise and requests for seconds. The cake stands on its own, but I have been known to serve it with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream to double the pleasure, fun, and calories!

    2 cups of unsifted flour
    1.5 cups white sugar
    2 teasp cinnamon
    2 teasp baking soda
    1 teasp salt
    1/2 cup oil
    2 eggs, beaten
    1/4 cup brewed coffee [I just mix up instant]
    1.5 teasp vanilla
    2.5 cups sliced, peeled apples [I prefer to chop them, making cake easier to slice]
    1 cup chopped nuts [I use walnuts, but any would work]

    Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in wet ingredients and blend. Stir in apples and nuts. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9" tube pan [I use a bundt]. Bake at 350 degr for 60 mins or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 mins then remove. Serve warm or cool, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

    Cat Mom
    [email protected]

  4. Jennifer Olds says

    Does Boston Creme Pie count as a cake? Because despite it's name, it looks like a cake and it tastes like a cake, and I LOVE them. 🙂

  5. Hannah Jane says

    I'm not sure that I can choose just one favorite, but I know that one of my favorites is chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting. 🙂

    hannahjaneg (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. April Glen says

    Any kind of cake that turns out and is edible, I'm just starting to try surprise cakes. However my husband and I really like layer cakes with cheesecake centres, I've created a recipe and will be making it within the next 3 weeks for my birthday. There are no favourites in our house, we love ALL cakes.

  7. Sue/the view from great island says

    Oh Mary— this took my breath away! You did an amazing job, you even managed to make the roses look fresh and delicious, not stiff like some decorated cakes can seem. I'm one of those people who suffers through the cake just to get the frosting, so I NEED to get this book and learn how to do this!

  8. Unknown says

    Beautiful. I have played with cake decorating since I was a little kid with my own Easy Bake Oven. But I've never gotten serious about it or taken a class. I just play. So now I will HAVE to try this. I might have to share the kitchen with my daughter though. She has recently caught the bug as well. Who knows, maybe we'll even try it TOGETHER!!! – [email protected]

  9. Cyndi Adzema says

    Mary this just gives me so much I am a baker as my mom was a great teacher but I can't decorate worth beans. 🙁 Thanks for posting a tutorial with pics as this helps. I will need to try this out soon.

  10. Stephanie Dalton says

    Oh man, my favorite cake??? There's so many! I really like chocolate with caramel and more chocolate… so that's what I'm going with today 🙂 Love this giveaway! stephrwatts {at} gmail {dot} com

  11. Heather Soloman says

    I love chocolate, white and yellow cake, as long as it is moist; I like the simplicity but tastiness of them, especially when combined with a homemade buttercream. Chocolate buttercream is awesome, but I love using vanilla buttercream, because I can make it different colors with my food coloring gels. I wish I was better at cake decorating so that I did not embarras my kids when I make them birthday ckes and cupcakes.

  12. Rita'z R-tistic Ramblez says

    My favorite cake while growing up was the amazing fudge frosted chocolate cake my mom made. The best I have ever had as an adult was at a friend's wedding. It was a Cannoli Cake, filled with wonderful mascarpone cheese. It came from an Italian bakery.

  13. bonnie l hunt says

    Not sure if this qualifies as a favorite, as I love many cakes….but I do very much enjoy Martha Washington's Apple Jack Cake….it is made with Laird's Applejack Brandy…..OMG, it is a fantastic cake. You can find the recipe on the website for Laird's Applejack Brandy. Very old recipe but very good! Hope you pick me for the cookbook….it looks like a lovely book!!

  14. Suzi Duranczyk says

    My favorite cake has been handed down through a few generations. It is called a Mountain Cake. It is moist, yet a firm cake. My daughters prefer it not frosted. It is great with coffee.

  15. Diamond says

    I just made a chocolate mousse cake that was to die for. Now that I think of it, I could have made the ganache thicker and done the roses.

  16. bitsybet says

    My favorite cake is white cake, preferably with buttercream frosting. Can't wait to try the rose method for frosting. It looks so elegant, and so simple to do.

  17. Devyani says

    My favorite kind of cake is a deep, dark chocolate cake with ganache frosting! Yumm! I hope I win this book. I would love to try making some of the cakes featured in it. My email address is [email protected]

  18. FireRunner2379 says

    My all time favorite cake is white cake with vanilla buttercream but I've made it a rule to never turn down any kind, as long as its fresh!
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

  19. Alvin Woodall says

    I love Roses, and so love to be able to learn how to make that cake, it is beautiful. My favorite cake is the Humming Bird cake. Instead of the cream cheese icing I used white fluffy icing, and it turned out wonderful. I like the fact it is a 3 layer cake, and full of pecans coconut, bananas, pineapples. It is just a wonderful cake. [email protected] Have a Happy Monday.

  20. Anonymous says

    Not really sure which cake would be my favorite, but one I can never forget is one from my nephews wedding, His grooms cake was chocolate layers, with chocolate frosting, and had a chocolate & raspberry mousse type filling. It was divine. . I have made your rose cake several times because I think it is beautiful. Everyone always loves it, and it gets rave reviews for the frosting. As for the Decoration – this rose cake is my favorite. email – [email protected]

  21. Anonymous says

    My favorite cake is Black Walnut Cake with Black Walnut frosting. An old recipe from my Great Aunt Hazel. It is some work as she always got fresh black walnuts, but soooo delicious. [email protected]

  22. Ashley Rowe says

    My favorite cake is a chocolate lava cake! So easy and delicious to make! The basic batter for a chocolate cake put into a special stoneware pan, and chocolate frosting in big spoonfuls dropped throughout the batter. Pop it into the microwave for 5 to 6 minutes with the cover on the pan and you have a decadent chocolate lava cake that's irresistible! The chocolate practically melts in your mouth, perfect for short term notice that guests are about to arrive!

    I've always wanted to make a rose cake, my father was a cake decorator growing up and it would be nice to show off a piece of art like that, I hope I win! [email protected]

  23. mmlssoucy says

    Your cake is Amazing!! Simply Amazing!! I would love to win this cookbook. I would give it to my granddaughter who is taking classes for cake making and decorating. Then she can teach me!

    I LOVE cakes, period!!! But I have been craving chocolate cake for the past several weeks, so I now have all the ingredients to make a decadent chocolate cake that uses semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate with Dutch cocoa and has hot fudge poured over the top after holes have been poked in the warm cake. So incredibly chocolatey and delicious and FATTENING!! But, worth it. 🙂

  24. PhyllisC says

    I love pretty much any kind of cake – chocolate, carrot and red velvet, but always have to have buttercream or cream cheese frosting.

    You did a beautiful job on your cake. I would love to win the book. My large family would love the cakes.

  25. PhyllisC says

    I like pretty much any cake but I really enjoy chocolate, carrot and red velvet but my frosting always has to be butter cream or cream cheese depending on the cake.

    You did a wonderful job on your cake. I would love to win this book to surprise my large family at get togethers.

  26. Stacy says

    My mom makes a white cake soaked in cherry brandy and filled with whipped cream and strawberries. It is labor intensive and she makes only one a year. We celebrate all of the "kids" birthdays at once with this cake. It is amazing! PS- our birthdays (all five of us) are next month.

  27. Marie Comer says

    Sad! I didn't have an immediate answer for my favorite kind of cake. Sad because I love cake and eat lots of cake. If I had to pick just one it would be devils food….currently at the top off my list.

  28. Suze says

    Although I rarely make it, my favorite is hummingbird cake. Oh, I have to go see her technique – I love decorated cakes and have had no luck, YET!

  29. Anonymous says

    I absolutely love blackout cake and I love the way it looks visually too. Ok I also don't know how to leave this comment. I don't have any of these accounts, just email so could you explain how I can leave a comment please other than listing as "anonymous" instead of robynlip.

  30. Bea Long says

    I absolutely love cake. Almost any cake but when I am really craving cake, I have to say it is my daughter's Italian Cream Cake. It's delicious! I want it just thinking about it right. I can even smell it sometimes. Thank you so much. Yours looks beautiful.

  31. Maritza Velasco says

    My favorite cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but lately I've been making carrot cheesecake and is becoming number one in my list, the combination of both together is just amazing.

  32. Maritza Velasco says

    My favorite cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but lately I've been making carrot cake cheesecake and is so amazing, the combination between those two is jus heavenly.

  33. Demandra says

    I don't want to enter, because I'm getting rid of things, but I just want to say it for the 4,000th time: I need to move in with you! So. much. tasty. and. gorgeous. goodness!

  34. Anonymous says

    Coconut and Black Walnut Cake. Cream Cheese Frosting with Coconut in and then topped with coconut. Except those white Roses would be lovely as frosting.

  35. Anonymous says

    I am certainly going to try this Rose Cake.
    It looks beautiful…
    My favorite kind of cake is a german chocolate cake…
    I just love it..

    Nancy Michaud

  36. Anonymous says

    My favorite kind of cake is chocolate. I would give ANYTHING to be able to decorate a cake like you do!!
    Debbie Raile

  37. Kathleen Nichols says

    The amazing book about surprises inside cakes looks like a fantastic book to own. I would love to be entered into the drawing please. Thank you.

  38. Sammy Racillo says

    Greetings from sunny Santa Barbara, CA….

    I almost drop out of cake decorating class due to buttercream icing.
    The saving grace was when fondant was introduce to us by our
    beloved instructress, I fall madly in love with fondant decorating, which
    is now my medium of decorating my cakes. But all these changed when I
    saw a YouTube tutorials' on this method of cake decorating. These days
    this is my to-go-to decorating technique for those unplanned orders.
    Quick and easy cake decorating style, that leaves recipient with AWE in
    their looks. Hopefully, someone can discover a new technique that would
    work best for a man's cake.
    Happy decorating day to you and all cake decorating enthusiasts…

  39. Anonymous says

    Hi Mary, an amazing cake and cookbook….
    My friend Linda in OR, who bakes for all her friends, family, and co-workers turned me on to your blog, glad I am not the only one who hates shoes, ha ha!
    If I got this book I would pass it on to Linda as she has better vision—and people just love her creations, many of which she gets from your blog.
    It's beautifully done (I have enough vision to see with magnification on my computer.)
    Keep up the flour power!
    Best—emmie from TN

  40. NWBlessedMom says

    My favorite cake is chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting. However, for this cake – I'd be ok with lemon cake with strawberry filling and white icing. 🙂