Stunning, isn’t it?

I made this beautiful ombre petal cake for my sons 9th (sigh) Birthday.

Usually he gets a themed cake, like the soccer cake or the Sponge Bob cake, but I just was too busy this year to get all fancy for a more in-depth cake, so this is what he got.
He thought it was cool, and that’s all that matters.

Petal Cake

I posted a photo of it on Instagram (follow me at Hungryhousewife) and Facebook and everyone loved it. I got emails requesting a tutorial, and y’all know I aim to please.
Pretty sure I’ve got all the tutorial bases covered, a video, on the cake and just icing. I hope you all find it useful!



And if you are short on time and don’t feel like watching the video, here is a photo tutorial.


  • Crumb coated cake
  • Pastry bag
  • #12 tip
  • Buttercream Icing, your choice of color
  • Off-set spatula or small spoon

Blue Ombre Petal Cake

Start with a messily crumb coated cake.

Blue Ombre Petal Cake

For the ombre effect, take six graduating colored frosting with #12 tips.

Blue Ombre petal cake

Pipe a vertical line of icing dots. If doing the ombre effect, start with the lightest icing first.

Blue Ombre Petal Cake

Place the off-set spatula in the middle of the dot, press down and drag.

Blue Ombre Petal Cake

Continue around the cake.

Blue Ombre Petal Cake

When you get to the end, just pipe the final vertical line of dots and don’t swipe.

And if you want to see the piping and dragging technique off the cake, I got that for you too!



Petal Cake Tutorial

Petal Cake tutorial

Petal Cake tutorial Petal Cake Tutorial

Petal Cake Tutorial

Petal Cake Tutorial

Petal Cake Tutorial


Violetflame Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 12:38pm

Love this! I will try it with lilac shades with some violet flavoring!

SugarSweetCakes Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 12:59pm

Such a pretty cake! Thanks for doing this tutorial, can't wait to try it! :)

SugarlipsCake Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 1:23pm


wifeypooandmommy2 Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 1:26pm

I've seen these! This is gorgeous and totally flawless. I think I'll be making a cake like this for my graduation. :)

cnbelden Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 1:28pm

Hi! This is a wonderful tutorial and I really appreciate the step by step instructions. I do have a question. How do you do the very last row? There wouldn't be much room to drag the spatula and I was wondering how you maintained the effect without disrupting the rows already completed?

Again, thanks for the beautiful cake and very helpful tutorial!

deiaiensen Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 1:51pm

I have the exact same question, about the very last row... did you get any answers to that? I f you could share it would be awesome!

AndiSatt Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 1:57pm

From the tutorial: "When you get to the end, just pipe the final vertical line of dots and don’t swipe."

Niki3795 Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 2:55pm

Love your cake, also wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do such a thorough tutorial!!! Can't wait to try this, just have to decide what colors I want to use!!

amytracy1981 Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 3:49pm

I have a question about the top of the cake. Do you start at the out edge and work your way in or start in the center and work your way out?

lindadoubledoo Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 4:01pm

Awesome cake! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

superstar Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 4:33pm

Thank you Leslie for taking the time to do this tutorial! You are such a bubbly person it was a pleasure watching you!!!!

redhead1946 Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 4:42pm

Absolutely love this! What buttercream recipe do you use?

wakee Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 5:09pm

Thank you. Fun tutorial! Really love, love, love. Be trying it out soon.

macdonaldb Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 5:50pm

I love it. Thank you so much for sharing. Can't wait to try this. Blue is my favorite color.

Samsam59 Says... 22 Apr 2013 , 9:42pm

Love this idea. Does anyone know how to get the buttercream to not melt as one works with it?

deniseob Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 3:42am

Samsam59 I have seen a tutorial online a long time ago where a lady put ice in a sandwich tin and then another sandwich tin ontop which she used to keep her buttercream icing bags in when she was alternating with colours and it worked for her keeping the buttercream cool. I have not tries it myself though. Hope that helps.

deniseob Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 3:43am

Looking forward to trying this instead of fondant covering for a change. Thanks for sharing!

mimmi Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 4:14am

I have used this technique for a couple of Christmas cakes. It is beautiful and I got a lot of compliments. It is so easy but looks so elegant.

kittykat_lp Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 7:56am

I'm doing a vintage comic book party for my sons 3rd and husbands 30th... would it look okay to do 3 shades in red and 3 shades in blue?

glais64 Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 9:35am

I love the tutoring is very nice. Thanks for share.

lyndim Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 9:52am

Thank you! I've been wanting to try this but wasn't sure how. So thanks again for sharing.

ToTheMax Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 9:55am

Thank You. I've been wanting to try this and now I'm more confident. Nice work.

Naynay538 Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 11:12am

Absolutely beautiful, can not wait to try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing

Trenice Says... 23 Apr 2013 , 12:10pm


Cudolepek Says... 24 Apr 2013 , 3:09am

I've got the same question, what buttercream recipe did you use? It looks so fluffy. :)

alanajonesmann Says... 24 Apr 2013 , 9:32am

love this! thanks for posting!

caferock05 Says... 24 Apr 2013 , 10:56am

I love this!!!

nikit2680 Says... 24 Apr 2013 , 12:30pm

simple and elegant would love to try this thankss for the tutorial

Myrnangeli Says... 24 Apr 2013 , 2:53pm

Muy buena exp[licacion....

LisaKirwan Says... 26 Apr 2013 , 3:26am

Hi , fab cake, do you have a recipe for the buttercream and do you use the colouring paste or liquid colour, thanks

sheebamalhotra Says... 26 Apr 2013 , 3:38am

A well defined tutorial.....muc appreciated....thanks a ton....must try on my list

kittitiangal Says... 28 Apr 2013 , 6:53am

Thanks Leslie, I had 2 birthdays cake this weekend and was out of ideas. Saw this tutu roil the Friday night and did the design on both cakes on the Saturday. They were a big hit at the party. I didn't take the effect to the top just around the side of the cake. Not sure how to post a picture of the cake.

GloriCreations Says... 29 Apr 2013 , 6:46pm

Saw this on YA! Good job!!! Thanks for showing on a round cake!!!

GloriCreations Says... 29 Apr 2013 , 6:50pm

I actually commented before watching the video. Love you personality lol!!!

cakesmade4u Says... 29 Apr 2013 , 7:49pm

Thanks this is wonderful!

Judy Malenfant Says... 4 May 2013 , 5:46pm

Thanks for the tutorial! I used this technique in a diagonal for a 4yrs old girl's birthday cake using 3 colors, purple-pink-aqua. It turned out really nice! Love that it is simple and yet gives it a beautiful finish. Judy

roiann Says... 10 Aug 2013 , 1:55pm

Thanks am going to make this for baby shower. will be perfect

Marlita38 Says... 10 Aug 2013 , 6:31pm


lkern777 Says... 14 Jan 2014 , 11:19am

Thank you for the tutorial! Would you mind if I use your photo as an example of what one looks like? I can put a link to your website with "Photo used by permission".

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