How to Make Buttercream Flowers

Have you ever wondered how to make buttercream flowers which look realistic and really have the ‘wow’ factor? The talented authors of 100 Buttercream Flowers, Valeri Valeriano & Christina Ong, share their incredible techniques for how to make stunningly beautiful and realistic buttercream flowers including this incredible Sunflower.

Undoubtedly one of the most well-loved flowers, sunflowers always seem to steal the scene. The large flower centre is actually made up of thousands of tiny florets and is surrounded by bright, often yellow, petals. 

To create this flower…

  • Colours: for the petals, yellow (Sugarflair Melon plus a hint of Autumn Leaf); for the centre, brown (Sugarflair Dark Brown)
  • Wilton Leaf Nozzle 352
  • Piping bags


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1. Pipe a guide circle. Then using the nozzle held at a 20 to 30 degree angle with one of the points touching your guide, pipe a leaf technique petal (see Basic Petal Strokes below) in yellow.

2. Repeat the same process to pipe a layer of petals around the guide circle.

3. Pipe another layer of petals at a slightly steeper angle than the first, about 30 to 40 degrees, and make sure that they are close to the first layer to avoid gaps.

4.Finally, using brown buttercream in a piping bag with a small hole at the tip, pipe little dots in the centre of the flower. 

Leaf technique petal

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1. Hold the piping bag at a 20 to 30 degree angle with one of the pointed ends of the nozzle touching the surface. 

2. Squeeze the piping bag with constant even pressure until it creates a wide base. 

3. Gradually pull the piping bag while continuously squeezing but gradually releasing pressure as you reach the desired length of your petal. 

4. Once you reach the desired length, stop squeezing the bag and pull the nozzle abruptly. 

make buttercream flowers - sunflower

new craft books - 100 Buttercream Flowers


This gorgeous sunflower is just one of a whopping 100 designs inside 100 Buttercream Flowers. You can pre order your copy of the book here  – please let us know how you get on with your versions!


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