Video: Cupcake Decorating Tips

This quick video shows how different cupcake decorating tips make different designs with frosting. Come see which are my favorite tips for easy adorable cupcakes!
Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

Today’s post isn’t a recipe, instead it’s a quick video and tutorial about how to decorate cupcakes using piping tips! Every time I bring cupcakes to a gathering people always seem impressed by how the frosting is decorated but really, it couldn’t be easier. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite piping tips so you can see what kind of decorative effect they produce on cupcakes. I’ve included Amazon links to various products that I’ve used at the very end of this post but you can also buy frosting and pastry supplies at stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. Some grocery stores even have a fair amount of baking supplies.

Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

I used Wilton’s gel Icing Color in Sky Blue to dye the frosting to make it easier to see. I also used a disposable pastry bag and large coupler to change out the tips throughout the video (links to these products at the end of the post). Whenever I’m experimenting with a new tip or decorating technique, I’ll take one cupcake to practice on, scraping the frosting off for a blank slate to re-frost. Watch the video to see exactly how to pipe frosting onto cupcakes using decorative tips!

Check out all the pictures below to see how each pastry tip looks, what kind of frosting designs they make, and some comparison shots!

Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

From left to right: Wilton 1M, Ateco 804, Ateco 863, Ateco 843

Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

Ateco 843: This is a closed star decorating tip  that’s perfect for making pretty swirls or tall bursts of frosting.

Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

Wilton 1M: This is an open star decorating tip. If you only buy one decorating tip, make sure this is the one! As you can see, it is extremely versatile in creating flower-like dollops, beautiful swirls, and even easy rose patterns. This tip is perfect for cupcakes but the rose patterns also look fantastic on cakes.

Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

Ateco 804: This is a really fun big plain tip that gives you perfect little kisses of frosting or big, luscious swirls. This one is super easy to use.Cupcake Decorating Tips (and a video!) from HandletheHeat.com - shows what different frosting decorating tips look like and how to frost!

Top to bottom: Ateco 863, Ateco 804, Ateco 843, Wilton 1M

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21 Responses to “Video: Cupcake Decorating Tips”

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    Emily R — September 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

    awesome & informative post – but just FYI, when you talk in the video there’s no audio, besides the background music. Maybe it’s just the way it’s loading for me?

    • Tessa replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      I figured what I was doing in the video was pretty self-explanatory and there wasn’t much to say! Plus, I went through the different shots pretty fast so I don’t think I would have been able to talk that quickly anyways ;) I just wanted this to be a short video so you could actually see how the cupcake piping tips work!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — September 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Um, you look friggin gorgeous, missy! Just like those cupcakes. LOVE it! xo

    • Tessa replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 11:17 am

      Thank you lady!!!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — September 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Love this Tessa! You’ve got some great resources here.

    • Tessa replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 11:17 am

      Thanks Annalise :)

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — September 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Can I just say, you are so organized and helpful Tessa! I’m doing a cupcake wedding this fall and am in the process of deciding on decorating. This is just the post to help me do it! Thank you, thank you!

    • Tessa replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 11:18 am

      Awh thanks Caroline!! So glad this could be of some help to you. I did my dad’s wedding cake two years ago and relied heavily on helpful blog posts and it turned out pretty well!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing so many helpful tips, Tessa. I’m now not to fearful of icing cupcakes. Well, not too much :D

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    Tieghan — September 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Ok such amazing tips and geez, you are so pretty! Your video is awesome and I am now so excited to go frost some cupcakes! YAY!

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    alex clarkson — September 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    amazing tips, thanks a lot for sharing, will try decorating my cup cakes using your tips

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes!! Great job on the video!!

    • Tessa replied: — September 5th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

      Thank you!!

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    Jennika — September 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    What is your frosting recipe? I tried to see if I could find a link but I am not seeing it…
    thanks

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    What a great tutorial! So many gorgeously frosted cupcakes!

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    lottie — October 15, 2013 at 4:02 am

    well done xxxx

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    Foxy — December 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    What the icing recipe?? Because it looks perfect. You have done a good job on making the cupcakes icing pretty.

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    Trenna — March 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Just found you today via Pinterest and I’m so glad I did! Your video tutorials are very classy and well done. I plan on following you on your blog and YouTube regularly. Thank you for all the hard work you put into everything you do and for sharing it with us.

    • Tessa replied: — March 5th, 2014 @ 8:53 am

      Thank you SO much! What a wonderful compliment. Welcome :)

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    Meaghan — April 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I think your close up shots finally showed me what I’m doing wrong! When swirling I wasn’t “building” is the only word I can think of on the previous icing so it was looking flat and blah and unappetizing. I didn’t articulate that well but thank you!

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