Cupcake Decorating 101

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Cupcake Decorating
  • 10 mPrep Time
  • 25 mCook Time
  • 40 mReady In
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Cupcakes are a lot of fun to decorate because you have so many options. Even in one batch, you can choose to decorate them all the same or make each one completely unique. If you have children, they can get in on the action and they can make their own creations. Just remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to cake decorating. Even if it doesn’t look totally beautiful, it’s probably going to taste marvelous!

Always Use Cooled Cupcakes

Sometimes it’s hard to wait, but make sure your cupcakes are completely cooled before you start decorating them. Otherwise your icing will melt.


  • Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. You can decorate cupcakes with a variety of things. Here are just a few:
  • Ingredients:

Step by Step method

  • Step 1:

    Make your cupcake treat even more special by filling it. You can fill cupcakes with icing, mousse, Bavarian cream and more. You can fill a cupcake by using a decorator bag and a long, round decorating tip.

  • Step 2:

    We use a Wilton 230 tip for filling cupcakes.

  • Step 3:

    Simply inject the tip into the cupcake straight in at a 90 degree angle to the cupcake, being careful not to go to deep. Squeeze gently and stop as you start to see the top of the cupcake rise and the tip is near the top. Remove the tip after you’ve stopped apply pressure.

  • Step 3:

    Basic Cupcake Swirl Icing Top

  • Step 4:

    Many decorated cupcakes start with a swirl of icing on top. You can do this in white or use food coloring to get the color you want. You can even purchase spray colors that allow you to spray on color after you’ve completed your swirl.

  • step 5:

    To make a swirl, use a large swirl tip. We are using Wilton 1M.

  • Step 6:

    Fill your decorator bag with the icing of your choice, add the 1M or other swirl tip. Place the tip at a 90 degree angle to the cupcake and start from the side creating a circle. Continue to work towards the middle. When you get to the middle, stop applying pressure and pull the tip away. Cupcake Topping Ideas

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