Valentine Rose Cupcakes


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Valentines Day is tomorrow!  There’s still time to make something cute and delicious!  I bet you may even have everything you need for these Valentine cupcakes in you pantry right now!

My oldest needed some birthday cupcakes to take to work the other day.  The birthday girl wanted vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and to be honest, I was a little disappointed. lol  I thought it sounded a little boring, until I remember I’ve never tried my hand at making rosettes on top of my cupcakes.

It’s unbelievably easy. 

How to make rose cupcakes

First  I mixed up a batch of  Perfect Cupcakes using a mix  ‘recipe’ using a box of  Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe French Vanilla .  Now if you really want to go all out, you may want to give this White Wedding Cake recipe a try, but honestly that doctored box mix recipe is AMAZING! I get compliments on my cakes and cupcakes every time I use it.

While the cupcakes are cooling whip up a batch of your favorite butter cream frosting.  This time I used a crusting butter cream and LOVED it!


You will then need 16″ Disposable Icing bag and a 1M tip and gel food color (of choice).


Place the frosting in the bag with the 1M tip. To make your rose, simply start at the center of your cupcake and move around  the center in a circular motion. Basically, it’s like making a spiral from the center out.  Most of the cupcakes I went around the center two times.

Garish with sanding sugar or sprinkles if you want.



  • I frosted 8 cupcakes with my white frosting, then I added pink coloring to the butter cream and frosted 8 pink cupcakes, then finally added the Super Red color to the pink to get my red frosting.  It was way less mess and stress than trying to made all three colors before I started.

Share them with someone you love!

Rose cupcakes aren’t just for Valentine’s Day, they would be a sweet surprise for Mother’s Day, a birthday, wedding or shower.

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

41 Responses to “Valentine Rose Cupcakes”

  1. Lynn posted on February 13, 2012 at 6:41 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips! These are super simple yet stunning! Can’t go wrong with Amanda’s decorating tips/style.

  2. Jenny posted on February 13, 2012 at 7:19 am (#)

    I love making the rose cupcakes. I just made these yesterday and posted last night. I almost used the frosting mixed with flour, rather than sugar though. Could you imagine?! I’m your newest follower via twitter. Do you have a linky followers? Stop by anytime.

  3. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 13, 2012 at 7:52 am (#)

    I’ve really been wanting to try roses, but have been to scared! They’re that easy?!? OK…totally going to try them. Yours are just precious!

  4. Janet posted on February 13, 2012 at 7:56 am (#)

    Be still my heart… Look at those cake stands! Heaven… And, the cupcakes are really nice too!

    Seriously, you know I have a cakestand addiction! :)

  5. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on February 13, 2012 at 8:02 am (#)

    This is a post I’ll be bookmarking! Thanks for taking the time to go over these tips!

    Stunning looking cupcakes!

  6. Kristen posted on February 13, 2012 at 8:23 am (#)

    So pretty, Cheryl!! Love all the pink. Cupcakes are my fave.

  7. Mary @ Bake Break posted on February 13, 2012 at 8:56 am (#)

    What pretty cupcake liners! These are too cute :)

  8. Amanda posted on February 13, 2012 at 9:17 am (#)

    Oh Cheryl those are beautiful! Almost too good to eat… ALMOST! haha

  9. jenn DiGuglielmo posted on February 13, 2012 at 9:21 am (#)

    scrumptious! Great pics too. :)

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on February 13, 2012 at 9:26 am (#)

    Very cute, Cheryl! I have never tried this technique, but I have a ridiculous amount to piping tips. I bet I could find the 1M.

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted on February 13, 2012 at 10:06 am (#)

    Clear vanilla is key when making any type of white buttercream…learned that the hard way over the years.

    But the bright soft white gel paste is new to me…great tip!

  12. Heather McMullin posted on February 13, 2012 at 10:08 am (#)

    These look wonderful!! I will think about them while I am in the hospital this morning!

  13. Eileen posted on February 13, 2012 at 10:14 am (#)

    Cheryl, These are so pretty. I’d love to get a box of those for Valentine’s Day!

  14. Amanda posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 am (#)

    What gorgeous cupcakes, Cheryl!! So perfect for Valentine’s Day :)

  15. HeatherChristo posted on February 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm (#)

    Cheryl! These brought such a smile to my face! They are just lovely, and put me in the mood to whip up cupcakes today!!

  16. H. Rae posted on February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm (#)

    These cupcakes are stunning! Truly gorgeous! I host a Monday link party called Make-It-Yourself Monday and would LOVE for you to come and link up with me. Each week, three submissions from the previous week are featured!

  17. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on February 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm (#)

    Vanilla on vanilla is a bit boring, but I love how you re-framed a boring cupcake situation into something spectacular! Next time I bake cupcakes, I am taking a shot at rosettes.

  18. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on February 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm (#)

    I really have to try this one day, I love how they look, I always do the swirl, but the rose is so cute.

  19. Mari posted on February 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm (#)

    I highlighted these super cute cupcakes on my little blog

  20. Paula posted on February 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm (#)

    Very smart to start with white icing, colour it pink and then red! Cupcakes look great. I don’t think I have a 1M tip. Must add it to my shopping list 😉

  21. Claire @ Claire K Creations posted on February 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm (#)

    Aww they’re beautiful. I learned that rose icing technique last year. It’s so easy but looks so fantastic.

  22. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on February 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm (#)

    These are sooo pretty!

  23. Jenny posted on February 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm (#)

    These are so pretty!

  24. Russell van Kraayenburg posted on February 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm (#)

    Yummy! I love cupcakes. Those roses are super cute. I’ve always wanted to try that.

  25. Kankana posted on February 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm (#)

    I am still struggling when it comes to baking. I am yet to make something special for tomorrow !!
    This post is going straight in my wish. I don’t think i can do that rose tomorrow .. but may be next time :)

  26. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on February 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm (#)

    These are SO pretty!!

  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm (#)

    So pretty! You and Amanda make it look so easy, you ladies are talented bakers.

  28. marla posted on February 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm (#)

    Such pretty cupcakes Cheryl! Would be great for birthdays & showers too :)

  29. teresa posted on February 14, 2012 at 12:05 am (#)

    LOVELY Cheryl!
    Your cupcakes are always YUM & beautiful!
    The Perfect Cupcake recipe is FABULOUS~it never fails!
    Heather & Alison are lucky to have a COOL mommy who makes YUMMY cupcakes!
    I know you love having them so close to you!
    ENJOY the LOVE this Valentine’s Day!
    Hugs & LOVE from Doogan and I!

  30. shawn posted on February 14, 2012 at 10:01 am (#)

    super cute! look scrumptious!

  31. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm (#)

    So many Tidy Mom tips!! LOVE!

  32. Pat posted on February 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm (#)

    They are beautiful! Thanks for the easy instructions and the tip about coloring the frosting. Doing the white first and then adding colors as you go seems so much easier. I think I’ll have enough nerve to try roses now. :-)

    By the way, your cupcake recipe is the BEST! I always use it with a boxed mix and it never fails. I’m soooo glad you shared it with us.


  33. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on February 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm (#)

    These are so sweet. I just recently learned how to do the rose thing on a cupcake. Happy Valentine’s day!

  34. naomi posted on February 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm (#)

    So beautiful, Cheryl!! Great round-up as well.

  35. Kristina Vanni posted on February 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm (#)

    These are so festive and cheery for Valentine’s Day. Great tip on the super red gel paste food coloring. I will have to give them a try!

  36. Cupcake Daily Blog posted on November 27, 2012 at 1:02 am (#)

    ….so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  37. cindy chandler posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:10 am (#)

    i would like to sign up for a newsletter by e-mail if it is available. Thanks

  38. Linda posted on December 19, 2014 at 6:07 am (#)

    I’m always looking for a good I can’t wait to give yours a try..


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