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How to make Buttercream Succulents

Spring has sprung and succulents are everywhere!  Not only can you grow these beauties, but you can learn how to make buttercream succulents with this simple tutorial! How to make Buttercream Succulents |

Most of you know I’m originally from Seattle and the inspiration for this blog came from the other foodies in the region.  Specifically Jenny Keller of jenny cookies.

Jenny and I met in 2010 when I enlisted her help to make cupcakes for the Cupcakes Take the Cake 6th Birthday Bash.   However, it wasn’t her cupcakes that I was a fan of… it was her sugar cookies and her use of buttercream instead of royal icing.

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A couple years ago I put together a tutorial for royal icing flowers and more recently a tutorial for buttercream flowers for flower pot cupcakes.   Buttercream succulents wouldn’t be too hard to make since I knew already how to make the other flowers.

I watched a few video tutorials, used pictures from jenny cookies Instagram feed for inspiration and got to creating!

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How to make Buttercream Succulents


These are the tools I used to help me make the buttercream succulents.  You may find other tips or tools are better for you.  There is really no right or wrong way to do this!

  • Sugar cookies or cakes
  • Buttercream
  • Gel food colors
  • Bowls and spatulas
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tips – Leaf tip (65), pedal tip (102, 104), semicircle/moon (81), star (4b)
  • Couplers
  • Flower nail
  • Parchment squares
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towel or kitchen towel
  • Freezer/Refrigerator

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Prepare your Work Space

Before you begin piping buttercream succulents, you’ll want to prepare your work space.  Follow these simple steps to ensuring you’re ready!

  • Bake & cool completely cookies/cake.
  • Make buttercream and separate into smaller bowls.
  • Clear off a table or counter space.  You’ll need lots of room to place your flowers once they are piped.Color the buttercream with gel food colors in your desired succulent colors.  (Get creative!!)
  • Attach couplers to piping bags and fill with buttercream.If you don’t have parchment squares, cut parchment paper into 2-inch squares.
  • Arrange your work space how it’s comfortable to you.  I put the large baking sheet on the right with the filled buttercream bags and parchment squares off to my left.  Directly in front of me was for building the flower on the nail.

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Pipe Buttercream Succulents

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m just going to share with you the amazing tutorial from CAKE STYLE I used to learn to make my buttercream succulents.

I also watched the Wilton Succulents Tutorial and found it helpful!

Assemble Cookies & Cakes

  1. Chill buttercream succulents until they are firm.
  2. Place a small dollop of buttercream where you’ll be placing the succulent.
  3. Carefully peel succulent away from the parchment paper and place it gently onto the dollop of buttercream.
  4. Continue placing succulents until you feel there is enough.
  5. Fill in the holes between the succulents with remaining buttercream in your piping bags.  Get creative with this!  There is no right or wrong way!
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Let me know if you make any buttercream succulents!  I’d love to see how yours turn out!

Happy Baking!

Photography by Fanette Rickert Photography.

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Fiona Manoon

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

It looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe with us.

Courtney Ferris

Sunday 21st of May 2017

I'm in love with your blog!! Especially when I saw you had an entire section dedicated to frosting. <3

xx Courtney

Betsy Eves

Sunday 21st of May 2017

Courtney!! xxoo So glad you stopped by. I can't wait to go dessert/cupcake exploring with you in the DMV!

Betsy Shepherd

Friday 12th of May 2017

OMG!!! These are so pretty! I will totally be making these sometime soon!

Betsy Eves

Friday 12th of May 2017

Thanks Betsy Shep!! <3 I miss you lots!! I hope you're still baking! xxoo

Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

Tuesday 9th of May 2017

how cute and trendy!!!! love!