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Decorate Cupcakes

Updated on July 27, 2014

Learn How To Decorate and Frost a Cupcake Using Different Pipping Techniques

There are many ways you can decorate your cupcakes, the sky is the limit. But if you are looking for an easy way to decorate your cupcakes other than spreading frosting on top of it (don't get me wrong I still frost my cupcakes this way), and to have a better and more professional look, then you need to learn how to use the icing decorating bags and tips. The decorating icing bags and tips are often use for decorating cakes and cookies, but lately people are using these icing tips to create beautiful designs for cupcakes.

Here I will post some of the most used pipping techniques for decorating cupcakes! They are very easy to follow and i even added some video tutorials on the famous 1M Tip Cupcake Swirl Technique.

Have fun baking and decorating!!

The Best Way To Decorate Your Cupcake... Different Techniques To Frost Cupcakes

cupcake recipe
cupcake recipe

Delicious Cupcake Recipe

Easy recipe for a awesome cupcake... taken from


* 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

* 1 1/3 cups sugar

* 3 teaspoons baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 cup shortening

* 1 cup milk

* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* 2 large eggs

Easy Cupcake Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add shortening, milk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape side of bowl with a spatula.

Add eggs to the mixture. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape bowl again. Beat on high speed for 1 minute 30 seconds until well mixed.

Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with your favorite frosting recipe or decorate as you desire.

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Click the big cupcake you see at the right to learn more and get started.

Decorate Your Cupcakes With The 1M Tip Swirl Technique

Taken from

Here is another quick way to decorate your cupcakes or cakes. It just takes minutes to pipe a fancy iced swirl and add colorful sprinkles.


Step 1

Hold Open Star Decorating Tip 1M approximately 1/4" above cupcake top at a 90° angle to cupcake surface. Pipe a spiral of icing, beginning at the outer edge and working inward.

Step 2

Stop pressure; pull tip away.

Step 3

Pipe a second spiral, smaller (not as wide) on top. End spiral at center. Stop pressure; pull tip straight up and away.

The Famous 1M Icing Decorating Tip - Perfect for making the famous Cupcake Swirls

This tip makes an open star design. Tip works with standard bags and couplers. Tip is made of nickel-plated brass and is dishwasher safe.

Learn How To Decorate A Cupcake With The Help Of Cupcake Professionals

Professional Cupcake Icing Tip Set - A must have to decorate your cupcakes

Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set
Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set

* Includes 52 metal decorating tips

* Plastic tip saver case

* Comprehensive set of tips for cake decorating

* Standard and angled couplers

* Convenient plastic tray for storage


Decorate Your Cupcakes With Bakery Pipping Bags - Icing Bakery bags

Helpful Videos on How To Decorate Cupcakes Using Different Techniques

Decorate Your Cupcake With Icing Tip 1F - decorating Techniques With Tip 1F

Large 5-pointed drop flower tip for piping large double-petal flowers as cake accents and on floral sprays. May also be used as a pastry tube for piping dessert decorations.

May be used with a large coupler.

Decorate Your Cupcake With Icing Tip 101 / 264

Extra small petal tip for piping roses, sweet peas, pansies, rosebuds, daffodils, daisies, ruffles, bows, and more.

May be used with a standard coupler.

Icing Decorating With Tip #16

Deep, open star tip for piping stars, shells, rosettes, baby's breath, puffs, zigzags, stripes, scrolls, fleurs de lis, drops flowers, garlands, and ropes.

Create Beautiful Cupcakes Using Icing Tip # 33

Small 5-pointed drop flower tip for piping star or swirl flowers.

The Old Fashion Way... With a knife or spatula

The Old Fashion Way... With a knife or spatula

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    • Alethia LM 5 years ago

      I like the messiness of the old fashioned way : ) Reminds me of baking with mom a long time ago. I'll leave the professional looking stuff for the cakes!

    Do you prefered to decorate your cupcakes the old fashion way, with a knife, or the professional way, with icing tips?

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      thanks! :)

      Comments and Feedback - I'd love to hear what you think of my cupcake page.

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          Alethia LM 5 years ago

          Love the lens : ) Thanks for the tips! (no pun intended!)

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          Millionairemomma 5 years ago


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          cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

          Swirl is perfect frosting style for cupcakes. It fits in any occasions.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Even though the only thing I can do in a kitchen is make an inedible mess this is still a very cool lens and it was fun looking at it.

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          andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

          @aka-rms: Your welcome, thanks for stoping by!! :)

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          Robin S 6 years ago from USA

          Thanks for sharing great advice!