Rose Cake

I’ve said it a few times, a cake decorator I am not.  But after long admiring the beautiful rose cakes that Amanda, the blogger behind I Am Baker, makes, I decided to study her tutorials closely and finally try making a rose cake myself.   I Am Baker was right, her rose cakes really are so simple to make!   Here is the rose cake I made for my daughter’s 11 Birthday.

Gluten Free Rose Cake

When I say I’m not a great cake decorator, let me give you an example of a rainbow cake I did a few years before I started blogging.  The cake was such a disaster, the frosting wouldn’t even stay on the sides!   This was a Pinterest “fail” long before Pinterest!

Rainbow Cake Fail

Thankfully Amanda’s rose cake technique is so forgiving and it was actually quicker to frost this way than to frost my cake the way I normally do.  Truth be told I didn’t even add a crumb coat.    Under all of those aqua blue roses is a delicious chocolate cake.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

By the way, I’m not great at cutting cakes (stating the obvious here!).   I’ve been playing around with gluten free baking quite a bit, and while doing great with muffins, cookies and even cinnamon rolls, I’ve not had a lot of success with cakes.  I can live with that, because we all love the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake mixes.  I’m not associated with them in anyway, we’ve simply picked them up in the store and been very pleased with them.   This is the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake.

Chocolate Rose Cake

Truth be told we like the chocolate cake mix better than my regular homemade chocolate cake.  Crazy, I know.   We’ve tried the yellow cake, devil’s food cake and brownies and all have been a huge hit, and since we are long time flour loving gluten eaters, that says a lot.

Rose Cake

My daughter loved her cake and had a great birthday.


You can head over to Amanda’s site, I Am Baker, to see how to make a rose cake and get her frosting recipe which I used.  Make sure to also check out her new book, Surprise Inside Cakes, you can even enter to win a copy and a KitchenAid Mixer!

Surprise Inside CakesI can’t wait to get my copy!   Thanks to Amanda for her great rose cake tutorial!


  1. Steph says

    While the rise cake is certainly beautiful, I definitely would disagree with you on calling the rainbow cake a fail!lol It looks delicious and reminds me ok cakes from when I was a kid!
    P.s. I love your site!

    • says

      Steph, that’s sweet, but I don’t think the photo truly conveys it… the frosting would not stay on the sides, literally fell off. The cake cracked and broke into two. It was actually like watching a science project!

  2. Steph says

    While the rose cake is certainly beautiful, I definitely would disagree with you on calling the rainbow cake a fail!lol It looks delicious and reminds me of cakes from when I was a kid!
    P.s. I love your site!

  3. Crystal says

    Cake looks beautiful! Glad to know about the Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mixes. Several women in my Bunco group are gluten free. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. says

    I love I Am Baker (and YOU of course), and her baking techniques….but as a cake decorator myself, I know that it’s just practice, practice, practice when it comes to cake decorating!! A first time fail eventually turns to success. The rose cake is beautiful!!!

  5. says

    LOL. I LOVE THAT YOU SHARED THE CAKE FAIL. It really takes courage to post an old photo like that haha, sometimes I have a hard time leaving up my old photos on my blog from when I first started. Crinngeee. Your rose cake is beautiful and delicious (and I totally agree, rose cakes are so easy and make it look like so much effort when really it’s less effort than a regular, clean-iced cake).


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