How to Make Buttercream Flowers (Russian Piping Tips)
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Use this tutorial to learn how to make buttercream flowers for cakes and cupcakes, using Russian piping tips. Simple and easy cake decorating technique!
*Thank you Mia Stello for sponsoring today’s post so I could share this tutorial for making easy buttercream flowers. As always, all opinions are my own.
Unlike fondant flowers, which are usually very time-consuming to prepare, these buttercream flowers are super EASY to make with Russian piping tips.
No wonder they are all the rage these days!
There are many other tips which can be used to make buttercream flowers BUT you must use a combination of two or more tips to get the desired look.
Russian piping tips are UNIQUE because you just have to use ONE large piping tip to make a beautiful buttercream flower.
Furthermore, there are so many different Russian tip designs that you can make a whole bouquet of buttercream frosting flowers!
Since Fall / Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I made this RUSTIC buttercream flower cake, which is sure to be a show-stopper!
It’s a chocolate buttercream flower cake that took less than an hour to assemble and decorate. YAY!
I used FIVE Russian piping tips to decorate this floral buttercream cake and at first glance, all flowers would look the same but they are not!
If you look closely, you would notice the subtle differences.
Th great thing about Russian piping tips is that it that once you get the hang of it, it becomes one of the easiest buttercream flower techniques.
You can make these buttercream flowers on cupcakes and cakes.
Since I am OBSESSED with these Russian tips and share them on my blog and Instagram stories often, I have been getting a lot of questions…
What are Russian piping tips?
Russian piping tips, known as just “Russian tips” or even “Russian pastry tips” are large tips that are used for piping flowers with buttercream on cakes and cupcakes. It’s one of the easiest ways to make buttercream flowers.
Where to buy Russian piping tips?
Russian tips can be bought online, usually on Amazon. This set is from from Mia Stello and can be purchased here.
How to use Russian piping tips?
Russian piping tips are used just like regular tips. Basically, place the tip inside a piping bag and fill it with buttercream frosting and then start piping flowers on cakes and cupcakes. In my experience, “firm” to “medium-firm” consistency of icing makes the best buttercream flowers.
How to make buttercream flowers ahead of time? How to make buttercream roses without a flower nail?
Instead of piping buttercream flowers on a cake or cupcakes, pipe flowers on a sheet of wax paper and chill it in the freezer. When you are ready to decorate your cake or cupcakes, peel the flowers carefully from the wax paper and stick them to your frosted cake/cupcakes. You will have to work fast since the warmth of your fingers will cause the flowers to melt.
How to pipe buttercream flowers for cakes and cupcakes with Russian tips?
The basic technique is to simply hold the piping bag at a 90 degree angle, squeeze the bag until some icing comes out and then pull away. If you pull away slowly, you will end up with longer flower petals and if you pull away quickly, you will end up with shorter flower petals.
Since there are no numbers on these tips, here is a HANDY Russian piping tips guide to make these simple buttercream flowers.
Like I mentioned earlier… I got my box from Mia Stello and this is the 46 piece set that costs $39.99 and includes:
– 40 Russian piping tips
– 1 coupler (you can use it to switch tips easily without wasting any buttercream… Awesome!)
– 5 disposable piping bags
There’s also a smaller 26 piece set that costs $22.95.
Use code ITS15OFF to get a 15% discount at checkout.
Follow along this VIDEO TUTORIAL to learn how to make buttercream flowers with Russian piping tips.
You can also find written instructions and all the relevant recipes below.
To learn how to make buttercream flowers for cakes, you will need the following supplies:
To create the dark and extra dark shade of chocolate buttercream icing, use brown and white gel colorings.
And here are the steps:
Prepare your cake and frostings.
Place the cake on a cake stand and slice it in half and fill it with chocolate frosting.
Frost the entire cake with chocolate frosting and use a decorating comb to create stripes along the side of the cake.
Spray the sides of the cake with golden edible spray, if you like.
Attach a few different types of Russian tips to individual piping bags and fill them with the dark shade of chocolate frosting.
Attach a few different types of Russian tips to individual piping bags and fill them with pale brown buttercream frosting.
Hold the piping bag at a 90 degree angle.
Squeeze the bag until some icing comes out and then pull away.
If you pull away slowly, you will end up with longer flower petals and if you pull away quickly, you will end up with shorter petals.
Continue to make little flowers on top of the cake, using dark and extra dark shades of chocolate frosting and different tips.
Attach a basic leaf tip to a piping bag and fill it with dark shade of brown frosting.
Fill any gaps between flowers by piping little leaves.
And you are done.
Now, you know how to make flowers out of buttercream frosting!
Until next time, tata my lovelies!