How to make Buttercream Flowers

close up view of 7 buttercream flowers placed adjacent to each other forming circle

A step by step pictorial and video tutorial to making different types of BUTTERCREAM FLOWERS for cupcakes and cakes using tips and techniques that is perfect for beginners.  CourseDessert CuisineAmerican Prep Time10 minutes Servings24 cupcakes


  • ▢24 chocolate cupcakes
  • ▢500 gms Unsalted Butter softened
  • ▢1 tin (400 gms) Condensed Milk
  • ▢1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • ▢few drops of food colouring of your choice


  • Beat the softened butter until smooth creamy and paler in colour. Add in the condensed milk and beat until stiff.
  • Next in goes the vanilla essence. Beat that well too. Your condensed milk buttercream frosting is ready.
  • Divide it into separate bowls and colour it as per your needs by just adding a drop at a time.
  • Make flower patterns following the step by step method as mentioned in the paragraphs above using the specific tips or nozzles or you can also follow the video tutorial attached to the recipe card.


I have used my favourite vegan cupcakes recipe as the base. You can also choose to use milk in place of water in that recipe to get a more moist and soft cupcake as I did in this recipe. Practise is the key to pipe beautiful flowers on a cupcake. So don’t feel bad if you could not make it in the first go, practise and practise until you perfect the art. 

One of the best things to make with buttercream flower cupcakes is a bouquet.Start by covering the cake board with fondant.The pattern to arrange the cupcake flowers is 2-3-2. That is first place 2 cupcakes, then 3 cupcakes below them and then 2 cupcakes to create a circle of 6 cupcakes with 1 cupcake in the centre.Roll the green fondant to create stems.Cut out green fondant using leaf cutter to make leaves or simply pipe using a leaf tip.Gift to your mother this mother’s day and make her feel special I also just published a separate post on making the 3D Cupcake Bouquet using Russian Nozzles which I believe you would love to read through for additional tips and tricks.

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