How to ice a cupcake

If you’ve never iced a cupcake before then this is a great place to start.

Piping equipment is pretty inexpensive – disposable bags be be found on rolls starting at around £2.50 for 12 in supermarkets and the nozzles themselves start from about £1 for quality Wilton ones.  You can find Wilton Piping nozzles in your local sugar craft store or even places like Hobbycraft, The Range or Dunhelm Mill not forgetting the internet!  You will find many other piping nozzles available but Wilton are my personal favourite since they are produced with a single piece of stainless steel, no joins so they won’t ever rust.  I started with just a few piping nozzles and have added to my collection as I’ve kinda mastered techniques.

You will need:

  • Buttercream icing (light to medium consistency)
  • Tip: 1M (star nozzle)
  • Disposable Decorating Bags

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.

This video is a great example too:


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