My mom got me some new pastry decorating items for Christmas and I just had to try it out.  This is literally just a box vanilla cake, but I did make the icing.  It is a vanilla buttercream, so delish and perfect for piping and decorating!

Make any cake you want, following the box directions.  Let cool at room temperature completely before you even think about frosting!

Vanilla Buttercream:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup milk, room temperature

5 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1-2 tsps vanilla

It’s really important to 1. have room temperature ingredients, and 2. sift the powdered sugar.  It makes for a super smooth frosting.  Mix butter, milk and vanilla in a mixer then slowly add sifted sugar. Spread a thin layer of frosting around the cake, just so after you make the roses, any holes will not show cake.  Scoop rest of the frosting into piping bag fitted with a 1M star tip.  To make the roses it is really simple. Just start swirling tip in a circle to desired size.  Then do another layer. Easy as that!