How to Create the Petal Effect Technique

The petal effect technique is easy to achieve. I didn’t have any frosting, so I used a peanut butter filling to demonstrate the technique. I hope this helps.

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In the first picture, I made 4 big round dots with a Wilton tip 12. I then pressed down slightly on the dot (near the edge) and dragged the spatula outwards, wiping off the spatula after each smeared dot (see photo six). Next, I added 4 more dots on the ends of the previous smeared dots. In the fourth photo, I again pressed down slightly on the dot (near the edge) and dragged the spatula outwards, wiping off the spatula after each smeared dot. The fifth photo, shows a third layer. You will continue to do this until you have completely decorated your cake. End the design with 4 big round dots to look like buttons.

Back of pink ombre petal effect cake

Of course, this looks a lot better when using buttercream icing. Check out the Pink Ombre Petal Effect Cake post to see the front of the cake. I also discuss how I achieved the pink colors.  

Birthday cake

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial! How do you end it? Or do you just hide the back of the cake?

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    1. You're welcome. I ended the decoration with big round dots. Once the buttercream crusted, I smoothed out the dots. They sort of looked like buttons. And yes, I did hide the back of the cake. These types of buttercream techniques needs a back where you will begin and end your design, it my opinion. I will post the picture on my facebook page.

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  2. This is amazing!! Thank you for your tutorial. I have a smash cake I think I will try this on. <3

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    1. Thank you. Good luck with your smash cake. I would love to see pictures. ;)

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  3. Beautiful! Although I know it would be a different look, staggering the dots might make for a more hidden finish.

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    1. Thank you. I've tried staggering the dots before and it is a pretty finish. It looks similar to fish scales.

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  4. Do you do one color at a time and then the lighter on top? Or do you make 4 bags of 4 colours and do one 'row' at a time with each color? Does that make sense?

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    1. I saved a small amount of white buttercream and divided the remainder among 4 containers. I colored one container of buttercream a dark pink. I took a small amount of the dark pink and mixed it with a second container of white buttercream, which resulted in a slightly lighter pink. I continued this with the other two remaining containers of white buttercream, each getting slightly lighter than the one before. I used the a small amount of the saved white buttercream to lighten any of the pink buttercream where needed. Once I was happy with my colors, I filled 4 bags. I worked one row at a time, starting with the bottom row. I mentioned these steps in the Pink Ombre Petal Effect Cake post (http://tiny.cc/j65ljw).

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  5. Thanks Shauna for the great tutorial!.. I did this Ombre Petal Effect in purple and its look gorgeous! Also, I have included this link back to your post ^^ Cheers!

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    1. You're welcome. I would love to see pictures.

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  6. Hi Shauna, I use Americolor colors. What pink brand do you use and does your dark pink have a bitter taste?

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  7. Hi Shauna. I use Americolors for my icing, but the pink is always bitter. What brand do you use and does your dark pink have a bitter aftertaste? Have to make this tomorrow, so no time to order. Beautifully decorated cake by the way. Thank you for posting.

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    1. Thank you. Sorry I wasn't able to reply sooner. I was out of town. I use Americolor and Wilton colors. The pink was Wilton Pink. I don't notice a bitter aftertaste from my colors. The pink I made for this cake didn't take much color because I only colored a small amount of frosting. I colored ~ 1 1/4 cups of frosting.

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