While star decorating tips are commonly used to pipe star shapes on a cake, you can also use this versatile tip to create small rosettes. The star-shaped opening creates ridges that resemble the thin layers of petal in a tightly closed rosebud. These are much faster and easier to make than forming large roses on a flower nail. Buttercream frosting is commonly used for making rosettes because it hardens, but you can use whipped cream if you prefer a creamy, light topping. The whipped cream must be stabilized so the rosettes don't melt on the cake.
Things You'll Need
- Whipping cream
- Powdered sugar
- Clear vanilla extract
- Electric mixer
- Chilled mixing bowl
- Piping gel
- Decorating bag
- Star decorating tip
Mix whipping cream, powdered sugar and clear vanilla extract in a chilled, metal mixing bowl until peaks begin to form. Add sugar and vanilla to taste, at a rate of about 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla for every pint of whipping cream. Add 4 tablespoons of piping gel per pint of whipping cream and continue mixing just until firm peaks form. The piping gel stabilizes the whipped cream.
Insert a star decorating tip to the tip of a decorating bag. Star tips come in various sizes, so choose a size based on whether you want to make small rosettes to accent other decorations on a cake or large rosettes in which the rosettes are more of a focal point of the decorated cake. Cut an opening in the tip of the bag to fit the star tip size you choose.
Fill the decorating bag with the stabilized whipped cream. Squeeze the bag to release air pockets and push the whipped cream down into the tip.
Hold the bag straight up and down with the tip barely touching the cake. Squeeze with medium pressure to pipe a star-shaped dot onto the cake.
Lift the tip up slightly and tilt the bag at a slight angle while maintaining even pressure on the decorating bag. This creates a strand of whipped cream away from the star rosette.
Swirl the stream of whipped cream around the center star, keeping the whipped cream close to the center. This takes only a subtle movement of your wrist to guide the decorating tip around the central star. Go around the center once or twice, depending on the desired size for the rosette. A rosette made from a small star tip usually only needs to go around the center star once, but you might swirl the whipped cream two or three times with larger star tips.
Stop squeezing the decorating bag when you achieve the desired size for the rosette. This cuts off the stream of whipped cream. Continue swirling the tip around the rosette so the end of the stream cuts off directly against the side of the rosette. If the end creates a slight tail away from the rosette, use a toothpick or the decorating tip to push it against the rosette.
Tips & Warnings
- It only takes a few seconds to make each rosette, but there are several subtle actions you must take in that time to ensure you achieve the proper shape.
- A pint of whipping cream yields about 3 to 4 cups of whipped cream icing. Adjust the ratios of ingredients depending on the amount of whipped cream you need.
- A cake covered with whipped cream rosettes looks simple and elegant with plain white rosettes. If you want to add color, try spraying the rosettes lightly with food coloring spray. Food coloring spray comes in an aerosol can and works much like spray paint. Instead of covering the rosettes completely, spray lightly to color only the tips of the "petals," giving your rosettes the look of a color-dipped rose.
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