How to Easily Decorate Gorgeous Two Tone Buttercream Roses
Buttercream roses are beautiful, yet many people are intimidated by creating these delicate flowers. Today I want to show you how to easily decorate two tone buttercream rose sugar cookies with a rose icing tip.
These cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day cookies, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, you name it!
This tutorial will teach you how to pipe buttercream roses in general, even if you don’t want two tone buttercream roses. I love how the two tone buttercream roses look though – so gorgeous and only one extra step!
Follow along for the beginner-friendly, step-by-step photo series tutorial PLUS a video tutorial!
Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for your Two Tone Buttercream RosesTo create these gorgeous two tone buttercream roses, perfect for sugar cookies, you will want to gather:
- 1 Icing bag
- Wilton tip #104 or any of Wilton’s rose icing tips such as the 101, 102, or 103 (the smaller the number, the smaller the petals)
- Small circle cookie cutter – I used the smallest circle in this Wilton 101 Cookie Cutter Set
- Red and pink (or your preferred colors depending on your party theme) gel food dye
- Flower nail
- Angled flat spatula and/or a pointed knife
- Ingredients for a crusting buttercream, find my crusting buttercream icing recipe here
- Ingredients for sugar cookie dough, find my no spread sugar cookies recipe here
Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bag for Two Tone Buttercream Roses
- Roll, cut out, and bake your small circle sugar cookies according to your cookie dough recipe. You will be able to bake a lot of these cookies so feel free to create other designs too! I have some great suggestions for Valentine’s Day cookies here: Valentine’s Day Tutorials
- While your cookies are cooling, make your buttercream frosting. Separate the frosting into 2 different bowls and add in the gel food dye to obtain your preferred frosting colors. In this case, I will be using red and pink.
- Set up your icing bags as follows: Place the rose icing tip (whichever rose icing tip you are using) into your bag. Trim the bottom of the bag so that the tip shape is completely out of the bag, but not too much to where the tip will fall out. If you aren’t sure how to do this, no worries, just hop over to my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page. You can also refer to the video above. Fold the edges of the icing bag over a cup. Scoop up one of your colors and place it along one side of the bag. IMPORTANT TIP: make sure that you are aligning the frosting with the tip style. In other words, the fat side of the tip should have one color, while the skinny side of the tip has the other. Scoop up the other color and place it along the other side of the bag. If you find that your colors aren’t lined up correctly with the tip shape, adjust the tip before squeezing the frosting lower into the bag. If you want your two tone buttercream roses to have more of one color than the other, then adjust your bag accordingly.
Part 3: The Fun Part! Frosting Your Two Tone Buttercream Roses for Sugar Cookies
- Your first step will be to create a cone shape that will form the inner bud of our rose. Some find it helpful to squeeze out some frosting along the top of the flower nail to help the bud adhere while the rose is being built. To create your cone bud, hold the tip perpendicular to the nail, with the fat side of the tip touching the top of the flower nail surface. Squeeze out frosting as your rotate your flower nail with your other hand 360 degrees. *In these photos, you will see that I created the rose directly on the cookie, which you can totally do as well. The video will show how to use a flower nail. Use a pointed knife or the tip of your icing bag to adjust the cone if it didn’t turn out all that great.
- Next, draw upside down “U” shapes around the outside of the cone. To do this, you will still keep the fat side of the tip toward the top of the flower nail and just draw an upside down “U” as you squeeze out frosting. You will want these first three petals to lean in toward the bud, as opposed to being straight up and down.
- Continue to draw upside down “U” shapes as you form each layer of your two tone buttercream roses, making sure to overlap a bit of the last petal. As you start running out of room on your flower nail, start drawing the petals so that the skinny side of the tip is closer to you and the fat side closer to the center of the rose. Basically, you want these petals angled out toward you, just as a rose blooms out as it grows.
4. To transfer your gorgeous two tone buttercream roses onto your sugar cookies, you can go a couple of ways. Some people prefer to first place their roses into the freezer for a few minutes to help it keep it’s shape. To do this, set the flower nail in the grid of your freezer rack so that the bottom is hanging between two rows. You can also place the nail into a bed of rice in a small cup and place that into the freezer. I prefer to just go straight into transferring the rose to the cookie if I created my roses on a flower nail first. Use a pointed knife to pick up your buttercream rose from the nail and transfer it to the sugar cookie. If it looses some shape, just reform the rose with your knife before the frosting crusts.
Aren’t these two tone buttercream rose sugar cookies so adorable? I hope you have fun creating these roses and feel confident in doing so!
Play around with different color options and different amounts of each color. You can create subtle differences that are more natural looking by creating one shade of frosting, dividing it into two, and then adding more white frosting to one of the shades to get a gradient effect. Or, squeeze out just a small line of one color into the bag (using a piping bag to control the amount) and filling in the majority of the bag with another color. Align the tip so that the side with the less amount of frosting is on the skinny side of the tip. You really can create so many different two tone buttercream roses.
I invite you to also check out my other Valentine’s Day Tutorials for more buttercream sugar cookie ideas!
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These are so cool! I’ll have to try these out next time I bake 🙂
Thank you! I think you will find they are easier than they appear!
What a great tutorial! I really struggle with basic pipping so I’m definitely going to take all your advice here!
Let me know if you have any additional questions! I’m happy to help you learn how to decorate sugar cookies, whether it’s basic piping skills or two tone roses.
Lovely article and a great tutorial!! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you and you are welcome!
Thanks for the tips. I always wondered how to make these.
I always wondered as well but then found it was way easier than I expected. And you are welcome!
Wow! This is really cool! If I saw these roses on a cupcakes or desserts at a party I would be very, very impressed. Sharing this my friend who wants to start a baking business.
They are so impressive yet easy to do, it’s great! Best wishes for your friend and their bakery!