No Thanks
Keep In Touch With

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Swiss Meringue Roses

Use this buttercream to make our Meringue Bouquet Cupcakes. To make different colors of roses, make multiple batches, one for each color.

  • Yield: Makes about 100 small or 75 large roses
Swiss Meringue Roses

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pink, peach, or ivory gel-paste food color


  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Combine egg whites, sugar, and meringue powder in heatproof mixer bowl, and set over simmering water. Whisk until sugar dissolves and whites are hot, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Transfer bowl to mixer. Use whisk attachment to whisk on low speed, increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes; add vanilla.

  3. Tint meringue by stirring in food color. Transfer to a pastry bag with a petal tip (we used Ateco No. 102 and No. 104 to create two sizes). Using a small dot of meringue, attach a 1 1/2-inch square of waxed paper to a flower nail. Twirl nail clockwise as you hold the bag at a 45-degree angle and press out icing. Slide waxed paper off nail and place on baking sheet. Continue, placing only same-size roses on each tray. Bake trays of roses 30 to 60 minutes or until dried through (times will vary with size of meringue). Let cool completely, and store in airtight containers.

Reviews (3)

  • wewohler 13 Sep, 2010

    This swiss meringue recipe was a big disappointment. The consistency was much too soft to pipe anything, especially roses. If anyone has a suggestion of how to overcome this problem please pass it along.

  • savarona 16 May, 2010

    Does anyone know a resource where the meringue roses can be purchased?

  • brenda0117 29 Jul, 2009

    Does anyone know how long these can be stored in an airtight container? I was planning on doing cupcakes and I love these flowers. - Thanks!!!