How To Frost Cupcakes

Do you want to make gorgeous swirls on your cupcakes? Do your cupcakes look flat when you frost them? Perhaps you’re not using the right tips. Not all tips are created equal. Today, I want to share with you how to make easy beautiful swirls on your cupcakes that won’t go flat on you. With a little bit of practice and the right tools, your cupcakes will be the hit of your next party.

How gorgeous are these cupcakes? So colorful and fun for any occasion.  These beautiful cupcakes from Glorious Treats gives you an idea of what tips to use.

Simply the BEST tutorial on How to Frost Cupcakes!

What you will need:

Decorator bag

Buttercream/frosting icing
Wilton #2A Round Decorating Tip

Drop Flower Tip #2D Wilton
Wilton Tips Star 2110

  Wilton 1M open star tipWilton Decorating Open Star Icing Tip #4B

 Wilton 418-1703 Round Star Icing Tip Set, Large

All my all my decorator tips are from Wilton. It’s just what I’m used to. They come in many sizes.   You can find the tips at any craft store or Amazon. Different tips give you different results. It all depends on what look you’re going for. If you just want to try but don’t have the tips. Just fill a piping bag (you can also use a large zip lock bag) and snip the ends depending on how big you want to opening to be.

If you are just starting out, don’t try to do too many different decorations on your cupcakes. Try one tip at a time, and once you feel confident about how your cupcake looks, then try a different tip. That way you won’t get frustrated and give up. Make sure that your frosting is not too soft. If your frosting is too soft add a little bit of confectioner sugar and mix until you get the consistency that you want. If your frosting is too stiff, add a little bit of water. You don’t want your frosting to run once it’s on your cupcake. The right frosting consistency will help with the fullness and the frosting will hold its shape on the cupcake.

Step 1

Fill your bag bag with frosting.   You will get more control of the bag if you don’t overfill it.

Step 2

Start with any of the above Wilton tips. In order to get a full beautiful cupcake you need to be generous with your frosting. Start from the center or start from the side of the cupcake. I like to start from the center and work clockwise around the cupcake overlapping each round on top of each layer and ending in the middle. This is about 4 layers of frosting. When you get to the top release.   You should have a nice full somewhat tall cupcake.

Here’s a great video using some these tips.  Have fun!

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