If you have ever have used Russian tips you soon discover that the right icing is super important. Too runny and you have a soupy mess. Too stiff and the petals won't break off where you want them to. I have written an icing cookbook called Icing Only (available on Amazon) a few years ago and therefore felt I needed to develop an icing for Russian Tips that worked. I have called this the Forgiving Russian Tip Icing because you have a few minutes to gently shape the petals after you form them. This icing also tastes really great.

The Forgiving Russian Tip Buttercream Recipe

¾ cup butter (out of the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes)

6 cups icing sugar

6 tablespoons milk (1% or 2%)

1 teaspoon clear vanilla (regular is fine too)

3 tablespoons glycerine

1 tablespoon cornstarch


Combine all ingredients in a mixer and beat until a smooth icing forms.

Cover with plastic wrap if you are not using the icing right away though it is quite forgiving if you do not cover it immediately.

TIPS: This icing can be gently pinched after a flower is formed and it will not disintegrate. Start on the outside using a petal Russian Tip with a batwing design and circle inside until you have a few rings of petals. The sunflower petals were each pinched to a point. Once again its a very forgiving icing!

If you want to watch me do make this flower look on our youtube channel. (Just copy this link into YOUTUBE)

To get the sunflower centre use a Russian Tip with a honeycomb design(#63) and colour your icing black.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published