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.
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!
From left to right: Wilton 1M, Ateco 804, Ateco 863, Ateco 843
Ateco 843: This is a closed star decorating tip that’s perfect for making pretty swirls or tall bursts of frosting.
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.
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.
Top to bottom: Ateco 863, Ateco 804, Ateco 843, Wilton 1M
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