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A Dozen Ways to Ice Cupcakes

A Dozen Ways to Ice Cupcakes

Cupcakes are the perfect canvas for creativity when it comes to baking and decorating. Whether you're a seasoned baker or just looking to impress at your next gathering, exploring different ways to ice cupcakes can take your dessert game to the next level. In this blog, we'll delve into a dozen delightful ways to ice a cupcake, from classic swirls to intricate designs. Let's get started!

Ingredients and tools:

Star 1M Tip Icing Techniques

Classic Swirl

The classic swirl is the most common and popular way to decorate cupcakes with Star Tip 1M. 

Start from the outer edge of the cupcake and work your way toward the centre in a spiral motion, allow the icing to mound up on top of itself.. Apply gentle and even pressure on the piping bag. As you reach the centre, release pressure and lift the tip for a neat finish.


Ruffled Swirl

Start on the outside edge and work your way to the centre in a spiral motion while moving your hand back and forth to create a ruffled look. Allow the icing to layer upon itself like a soft serve ice cream swirl.

Ruffled Swirl

Rosette Blooms

Begin at the centre of the cupcake and pipe a swirl around the cupcake, ending at the outer edge.



Hydrangea Bouquet

In the center of the cupcake, pipe a "drop flower" by creating a star shape and pulling the tip straight up as you release pressure. This will be the centre of your hydrangea. Around the centre flower, pipe seven more "drop flowers" in a circular pattern.

Hydrangea Cupcake

Open Star Tip 4B Icing Techniques

Open Stars

Holding your icing tip perpendicular to the cupcake, pipe a small amount of frosting and pull the tip straight up while releasing pressure to create a star shape. Continue this process all over the cupcake, keeping the star shapes close together for a uniform design.

Open Stars

Open Star Swirl

Pipe a swirl beginning at the outer edge and ending in the centre. Achieve the best results by gradually building upon each turn to create a delightful, swirly buttercream peak.

Open Star swirl

Round Tip 2A Icing Techniques

Rounded Spikes

Simply hold the piping tip perpendicular to the cupcake's surface and pipe dots all over it.

Rounded Spikes

Round Swirl

Hold the decorating bag upright, pipe a mound of icing in the cupcake center, and keep the tip submerged. Squeeze while moving counterclockwise for four turns, then lift to create a peak.

Round Swirl


Hold the piping bag perpendicular to the cupcake's top, squeezing icing onto it about one centimetre above. Allow it to spread, then lift slightly for added height and release pressure before lifting away. Tip: To create a flat cupcake avoid excessive height, turn upside down and place on baking paper to flatten. This provides an excellent surface for adding sprinkles, glitter around the edges, or even edible images. 


Petal Tip 104 Icing Techniques

Cornelli Lace

Hold the tip at a 90-degree angle with the wide end down. Start at the edge of the area to be filled and pipe a continuous curving line of icing, covering the area without touching or crossing lines. Release pressure and pull the tip away, ensuring a clean finish without loose ends.

cornelli lace

Ribbon Rose

Hold the tip sideways with the wide end facing downward. Begin in the center and pipe a spiral around the cupcake ending at the outer edge.

ribbon rose

Ruffle Flower

Hold the tip perpendicular to the cupcake, with the smaller end pointing in the direction you'll move. Move your hand up and down to create a ruffled texture as you rotate the cupcake in a spiral motion, layering the icing until you reach the centre.

 ruffle flower

The next time you're whipping up a batch of cupcakes, try one of these dozen icing techniques to turn your sweet treats into edible works of art. Further enhance your cupcakes with glitter, sprinkles, edible wafers or toppers. You can also play with various colours, creating stunning ombre looks or mixing and matching to suit any occasion. Or try out the three colour coupler to create stunning multi-coloured designs. Your friends and family will be amazed by your newfound cupcake decorating skills! For even more cupcake inspo head to our blog on "How to Make 3D Flower Cupcakes
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