Sweet Sunday: 6 Ways to Ice a Cupcake

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Food & Cooking | Comments


Everyone loves cupcakes; they are cute, compact, stylish and delicious! Cupcakes are still going strong as the decorated cake dessert choice for many parties, and often are ideal for wedding cakes. Cupcakes are simple to serve and sometimes less stressful than making a five-tiered stacked fondant cake. Of course, there are some very detailed cupcake requests from brides, too; after doing tiny back-breaking details on a hundred-plus cupcakes, you’ll be wishing it was a tiered cake! Still, nothing beats a moist and fresh cupcake topped with the perfect swirl of buttercream. Plus, you can dress them up or dress them down as the occasion sees fit — and you can do it all with the classic 1M tip.

Here I present 6 ways to dress your cupcake: Simple ideas but always cute.

Six Cupcakes Decorate in Pink Icing, Six Different Ways

Photos in this series by Coco Cake Land 

I know so many cake decorators who use the tried and true 1M tip for creating their cupcake swirls.

Pink Icing in Piping Bag

I, too, love the 1M open star tip and I use it fairly often. But, what is your favorite piping tip?

Let’s begin!

Un-Iced Cupcake on Silver Plate

This plain vanilla cupcake is just waiting to be piped.

Cupcake with Pink Icing on Silver Plate

Classic swirl:

Dressed in a silver cupcake liner and piped in soft pink buttercream, this cupcake would fit right in at a wedding sitting on a tall stand full of cupcakes.

Beginning Swirl Design with Star Piping Tip

To pipe the classic swirl, start from the outside and pipe your cupcakes in a clockwise circle. Some go once around, some go twice, some go three times. How high do you ice your cupcakes?

Cupcake with Pink Rosette

Rosette cupcake:

The rosette cupcake is as simple to create as the classic swirl. Just start piping from the middle and work your way outward in a counterclockwise circle. Beautiful rosette cupcakes are perfect for a floral garden party bridal shower!

Learn this technique in our simple rosette cupcake tutorial.

Cupcake with Pink Ruffled Icing

Drop star ruffles:

I love this feminine and frilly look. This cupcake would go beautifully alongside a Maggie Austin Fondant Frills cake on a wedding dessert table.

Drop Star

I also love the look of the drop-star iced cupcake. When the entire cupcake is piped, it looks like a chrysanthemum or a pretty ruffly-topped cupcake.

Piping Star Design on Cupcake with Star Tip

Simply pipe single drop stars all over the top of the cupcake until it’s covered entirely.

Cupcake with Pink Icing and Sprinkles

Party sprinkles:

Celebrating a birthday? Simply add sprinkles to a classic swirl topped cupcake. So many looks for so many different occasions!

Go the extra mile and make your own homemade sprinkles!

Cupcake with Pink Piped Lines

Piped lines:

The straight across piped lines-topped cupcake reminds me of brushstrokes. This is a nice, modern look for something different! Simply pipe lines in nestled rows until your entire cupcake is covered.

Cupcake with Pink Icing and Little Flag

Japanese washi tape flag:

Another way to personalize your cupcake: add a homemade or pre-purchased cupcake flag. I love the patterns and designs that Japanese washi tape comes in, and it’s so easy to use. It’s essentially extra-cute masking tape and it comes in many fun colors and patterns, like this gray polka dot cupcake flag.

Cupcake with Pink Icing and Little Blueberry on Top

Berry topped cupcake:

I love the way a single fresh berry acts as an all natural cupcake topper. Berry toppers also beautifully and simply unite a whole collection of cupcakes and the colors are always fresh. You could even add a fresh mint leave for contrast, too.

Here are some sweet examples of beautiful, simply piped cupcakes in action.

Cupcake with White Icing, Sprinkles on Top

Photo via Coco Cake Land

Simple and sweet:

Chocolate cupcakes with simple vanilla buttercream swirl. A tiny dash of sprinkles for crunch and color and you’re all set.

Cupcakes with Mauve Icing, Berry Toppers and Little Flag

Photo via Coco Cake Land

Berry topped mauve buttercream cupcakes with Japanese washi tape flag:

Fresh berries make the cutest (and healthiest) cupcake toppers! The little black plaid flag is made from Japanese washi masking tape.

Pink Cupcakes, Next to Little Flags, Cupcake Marker

Photo via Coco Cake Land

Drop star ruffle cupcakes:

Pink and ruffly buttercream! The drop star always reminds me of a vintage hat.

Raspberry Cupcake with Pink Icing, Chocolate Sauce and Raspberry Toppers

Photo via Sweetapolita

Raspberry buttercream dark chocolate cupcakes with chocolate drizzle:

Rosie at Sweetapolita knows the beauty of the simple but gorgeous cupcake. These fresh raspberry topped cupcakes feature a shiny chocolate drizzle. I like how her buttercream swirl rises sky-high.

Wedding Cupcake Tower, Multi-Colored Cupcakes

Photo via Coco Cake Land

Wedding cupcakes tower:

I loved doing this nautical-themed cupcake wedding for my now brother-in-law. I wanted to keep things fresh and light and colorful. Instead of heavily colored buttercream, bright royal blue and red gingham cupcake liners provided the color as well as the fresh red raspberries. The cutting cake was covered in fondant and the design reflected the handmade wedding invitation. See more creative cupcake towers.

For more cupcake love, check out our on-going free video series Project Cupcake, including How to Make a Hi-Hat Cupcake with James Roselle, and my favorite, Sugar Blossom Cupcake Recipe with Maggie Austin!

What’s your favorite icing technique?

Comments

  1. Robin says:

    Are all of the above icing patterns made with the 1M tip?

  2. Lyndsay Sung says:

    They sure are, Robin! ^__^