If you really want to make an impression with your desserts, you need more than just a great recipe. You also need to learn about cupcake decorating so that your baked goods look as good as they taste.

We have all walked past the glass window at a bakery and marveled at the beautifully decorated cupcakes. With good instructions and a little practice, you can mimic the beautiful designs you have always envied in the bakery store windows. Today I’m going to show you how to turn these….Cupcake Decorating for Beginner

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Cupcakes Decorating for Beginner

Cupcake Decorating Tips

Here are just a few tips I have for cupcake decorating beginners!

  1. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop batter into cupcake liners.
  2. Use silicone cupcake liners as a reusable alternative to paper liners. Stay green while baking!
  3. Soak your piping tips in hot water after using them for an easy clean. This allows the icing to soak off the piping tip so you don’t have to manually clean them.
  4. Store your icing in a fridge before using it so your icing isn’t runny when you are trying to decorate your cupcakes.
  5. You can use a cloth, plastic, or silicone piping bag to ice your cupcakes. All work the same except cloth and silicon piping bags are reusable after you wash them with hot water.

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Cupcake Decorating: How to Create the Perfect Design

We decorated many cupcakes using different tips. We used different color icings so you can see the different dimensions and designs the tips give. Below is a picture of the cupcakes with the designated tip in front of the cupcake the tip created. We also gave a short description of each tip we used.

Blue Icings

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B1: This is a five-point star tip. It is more open than most star tips and can be used for a number of different designs.  Here it is used to create a swirl, rose-like effect.

B2: This tip is a six-point star. It is much smaller than the previous tip and can create more ridges in the icing. This is a great tip to use if you’re decorating mini cupcakes as well. Here it was used to create a swirl.

B3: This tip is an elongated oval with little ‘teeth’ that add texture to the icing. It was used to create the basket weave effect. Watch our tutorial to find out how we achieved the look.

B4: This tip is half-smooth, half toothy, with a slightly elongated shape. It was used to create the overlapping scale-like design.

Pink Icings

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P1: This tip is a large opened circle. You can create a swirl like we did below or you can make small circular dots with the tip.

P2: This is also a star tip, however, it has a very wide diameter center.  It is one of the largest tips in the entire set, so it will be easy to find. It was used to create this layered petal look, but you can also create a giant swirl. This tip is great if you are decorating jumbo cupcakes.

P3: This tip is a five-point star, however, it is larger and the ‘star’ part of the tip is slanted, creating a rose-like, flower effect. It was used to create a swirl. This is a great design to add a leaf too, using the leaf piping tip.

P4: This tip is an eight-point star, and was used to make several little star dots. This would also make for a beautiful multi-lined swirled, due to the 8 points the piping tip has.

P5: This is another five-point star, however, it is much slimmer and not slanted.  This tip was used to create a swirl.

Lavender Icings

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L1: This fortune cookie-shaped tip is pretty easy to find, and it was used to create a spiked effect.

L2: The eight-point star tip is being used again to cover the cupcake in dots of icing. Again you can use this tip to create a swirl effect.

L3: The large star tip is again being used to create a swirl. This tip is great for jumbo cupcakes due to the diameter.

Hydrangea Flower Cupcakes

Cupcake Decorating for BeginnersUsing this 5 point star tip we create beautiful Hydrangea Flower cupcakes, using light blue and lavender. This new trend in the baking world is blooming, literally, so definitely check out this beautiful tip. Cupcake Decorating for Beginners

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Were these cupcake decorating tips helpful? Let us know in the comments. We are here to answer any questions you might have about it. 

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