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Five Cupcake Decorating Ideas and Methods - To use with any design!
Looking for ideas and techniques for decorating cupcakes? Take a look at these five ideas that can be used with any basic theme or image. Start with anything as simple as a clipart image and make amazing decorations such as: Birthday Balloons, Easter Egg, Fourth of July Star, Halloween Spider. Thanksgiving Pumpkin, or a Christmas Stocking.
For the five example cupcakes on this page I've started with a very unique image - it's a Squid! It's actually the logo for this website and an excellent logo to duplicate with chocolates and icing since the colors are bold and defined. Take a look at the different decorating techniques listed here and choose the best one for your next cupcake adventure.
Vote For Your Favorite Squidoo Cupcake
at the bottom of the page!
This is a copy of the original image I'm working with and duplicating:
There are 3-4 colors and the image is
nice and bold. Check out the ideas I'm sharing
listed #1 through #5.
Orange icing and a Squidoo Pick
Cupcake decorated with colored icing and homemade picks
Make your own picks or buy them
Did I take the easy way out here? Maybe, but I think these look fabulous. I've recently discoverd a wonderful new tool for icing - It's decorating tip # 12 (listed below), used here to make the orange swirl base. It's a plain circle tip that produces a thick line and looks nice in a circular pattern.
For the pick, I copied the Squidoo logo to a folder on my computer hard drive (right click on image and "save picture as"). Then I printed the logo using the Photo Printing Wizard and chose "Wallet Prints" size. I then printed it in color, cut it out to size and taped the logo to a toothpick. Nice!
Very simple and this idea can be used with almost any image.
Here's a quick video of how to ice a cupcake using circle tip 12 - Just like the cupcake listed above
The decorating tip I mentioned and a Cupcake Pick Assortment - Rings too
Shown here are ready made dog picks.Here's a list of any cupcake pick you you can imagine.
If you're not crazy about picks, rings are also a really neat topper that kids will love and wear.Here's a huge list of cupcake rings..
White frostng and M&M's design
M&M Cupcake Design
Using my artistic license here :-)
Here I used one blue M&M (regular size) and several orange M&M Minis on a white frosted background. I also used some black icing for the detailing (see notes below).
See the texture in the white frosting? That comes from using Wilton decorating tip #21 (one of my other favorite tips).
Sharing a hint here:
I've recently discovered this product: Black icing in a tube. Red and Black icing are almost impossible to make using food coloring or gels. I'll never try to make black icing again! This ready-to-use tube CANNOT BE BEAT. It's perfect for small details. And the best part? The tube is designed to be used with decorating tips. Use a tip and a coupler ring and you are ready to go. Here, I'm using tip #3 for easy lines.
How to frost a cupcake using a star tip - Love those little ridges
Don't miss this tube of black Wilton icing - it's a must-have - And sugar crystal sprinkles of course
Take the cap off the tube, then put on your decorating tip and secure it with a coupler ring. So so easy.
Using Melted White Chocolate
and Colored Sugar Sparkles
Oh How Sparkly!
Decorated with Colored Sugar Crystals
This method takes a few steps and supplies and produces a striking decoration. I can image making pink crown shapes for girls or blue and red stars for Fourth of July cupcakes. Maybe even a sparkly green shamrock for St. Paddy's Day.
white icing for the base color
white chocolate chips (for melting)
colored sugar sprinkles
piping bag (or ziptop freezer bag)
Here's how to do it:
1. Place wax paper over the image
2. Trace image with melted white chocolate chips (microwave at 10 sec. increments, and stir until melted and smooth)
3. Sprinkle with desired color sugar crystals immediately (while chocolate is still wet) and then harden in fridge.
4. After 20 minutes shake off any loose sugar and assemble any pieces with a dot of melted chocolate.
5. Add any final touches with colored icings.
Squid Eye with
This one's strange but...I LIKE it
It's got the purple people eater thing goin' on
I first thought this one would be just too strange. But the more I look at it the more I like it. Who said I had to use the entire logo...right? So I just used part of the logo.
For the orange base I (again) used the #12 decorating tip. For the blue, I used the #5 tip. The black outline and black pupil are from the Wilton pre-made icing tube (listed above) topped with a #3 tip. And the white "reflection" spot on the eye is a little dab of melted white chocolate.
Here's the progression of steps:
Pre-colored Orange Candy Melts
and an M&M
Squid with Orange Candy Melts and a Blue M&M
Similar to cupcake #3
What are Candy Melts? They are disks of colored chocolate-like candy that melt easily in the microwave then re-harden in a desired shape.
For these decorations, I melted orange candy melts and, using a piping bag, traced the entire squid image on wax paper. Then I immediately added a blue M&M for the eye before the candy melt hardened and put the cute little squids in the fridge to firm-up. After about 20 minutes in the fridge I used my trusty black icing tube and added the eye and a dab of white melted chocolate for the eye "reflection".
Wilton Candy Melts - Excellent product
These candy melts are easy to use and
come in LOTS of colors.
My two favorite decorating products:
Decorating tip set - All the most popular tips
Comes with 52 tips and a plastic case. Make lines, squiggles, stars etc. with your icing.
It's time to vote...
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Which is your favorite? - From left to right
Counting left to right #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.
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