How to decorate cupcakes

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Today, we are talking about cupcakes!

YUMMY Β little delights with CREAMY chocolate buttercream icing!

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like cupcakes!

They are just so soft and cute that no one can resist them.

And once you ice them in a buttercream design, they become even more IRRESISTIBLE πŸ˜‰

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Two of the most COMMON requests I get from my lovely readers are:

β€œHow do you make swirls on cupcakes?” ANDΒ β€œHow do you make roses on cupcakes?” how to decorate cupcakes 2

I decided to answer those questions today.

Plus, I thought it would be a GOOD idea to show you a bunch of different DESIGNS that I use to decorate cupcakes as well πŸ™‚

Rather that do a picture tutorial, I did a VIDEO TUTORIAL with the hopes that everything would be more clear.

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I am a little camera- shy.

So, you CAN’T see me but you can see my hands πŸ˜›

I still need to learn a few things about filming a video properly…lol.

So, please PARDON the shadows and random jerks and movements in the video.

I promise my next video will be much BETTER πŸ˜‰

But for now, sit back and enjoy this video tutorial on how to decorate cupcakes…

By the way, these are vanilla cupcakes and I am frosting them with chocolate buttercream icing.

It’s always NICE to have a handy guide.

So, I took this picture with different cupcake designs and their corresponding decorating tips.

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Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post, you may like some of these other helpful baking and cake decorating posts too…

How to make a naked cake

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How to make homemade cake flour

how to make homemade cake flour

How to make homemade confetti sprinkles

how to make homemade confetti sprinkles

Until next time, tata my lovelies!Β 

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50 Comments

  • Archana September 9, 2012 10:16 pm

    Awesome dear πŸ™‚ So cute .Would love to buy those tips πŸ™‚

  • [email protected] September 9, 2012 10:37 pm

    Abeer…that was such a fabulous tutorial! I love tip 2D cuz it’s so ruffly! But I have to tell you that you taught me something today. I’m really looking forward to using 366 to make those pretty flower petals! Great job! Oh..and when my boys were eating solids but not finger foods yet, I got a mini food processor and basically ground up exactly what I was eating. They were still picky about some things, but at least I could introduce them to the way we normally ate. Hope this helps and thanks again for such a great video! (I’m hungry now for chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting!)

  • Mich@ Piece of Cake September 9, 2012 11:03 pm

    Thank you for this! I love all your cupcake designs and have never known I could make so many different ones.

  • Acacia September 10, 2012 1:14 am

    I love your fabulouse cupcakes! Your range of tips is pretty impressive, I may have to borrow a few from Mum… Unfortunatly the video isn’t working for me, but the photoes look very impressive.

  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry September 10, 2012 4:05 am

    Your handy chart is perfect… exactly what I need when decorating so I remember which tips create different patterns. Your cupcakes have turned out beautifully.

  • What’s Baking?? September 10, 2012 6:17 am

    ooohh you make me wanna lick all the frosting from the cupcakes..yum..I know it can be mind boggling to prepare food for little tots. Try give him steam apple. My son used to love it when he first start to sample all types of flavors in his food.

  • Asmita September 10, 2012 7:50 am

    Hi Abeer,
    I love the video! You are incredibly talented and I love the way you have decorated the cupcakes. Truly inspiring!
    Can you please show me how you make the frosting.
    Thanks

  • jenbeans September 10, 2012 8:20 am

    Very professional. Is there anyway to do it without a piping bag and tips, like a modified zip-seal bag?

    Some foods to try with your son: sweet potatos, acorn squash (nice and sweet :), taro, peach, blueberries?

  • Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today September 10, 2012 8:44 am

    Oh it’s so easy, ok it will be when I’ll train enough. There’s a lovely cupcake place next to my home. I’m planning on going over there πŸ™‚ But now I want to make mine as well πŸ™‚

  • [email protected] September 10, 2012 7:30 pm

    Great tip video on tips! I have not done a lot of icing decoration but I feel more empowered to try now. Thanks!

  • MANJU NAIR September 10, 2012 8:12 pm

    wow simply awesome video….i loved it.

    Well for my son I made khichdi out of everything, rice, daal and mixed veggies all cooked together, flavored with garlic n finely miced corriander leaves….my guy prefers tasteful dishes πŸ™‚
    Or else oatmeal, he loves all fruits, steamed and cubed carrots, potatos, beans…make eating fun…mayb then he will be more interested….but for me initially it was exactly like how you mentioned, 1hr min for a feeding πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 10, 2012 10:26 pm

    You have NO idea how badly I need this post. I love to bake but I am an abysmal decorator!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook September 10, 2012 11:49 pm

    I am so ammused by your video tutorial! You do it so easily that I’m almost convinced that I can do it (I’ve never done it before) but I know it’s not so easy to do it until I get hang of it. So interesting that the decoration changes depends on the tip and the way you move it. Very helpful post especially for a beginner like me!!

  • CCU September 10, 2012 11:53 pm

    What a cute vlog my friend and a fantastic overall tutorial – cupcakes will never look the same again πŸ˜€
    Thankyou!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • Wendy Irene September 11, 2012 11:57 am

    I loved your video! It was so much fun to watch how you create all the different looks. I think the easiest way for me to learn is by watching. I need to make some cupcakes soon. I really feel like eating one after watching that πŸ˜‰
    Good luck with feeding your baby. Feeding babies takes soooooooo long!! I remember it took me forever. They are really funny too because as soon as you think they like something they change their mind. I think I started with baby ground cereal, and after that apples and pears. I do know when my kids were truly hungry they ate a lot better, and when they were not they would spit most of it out. Sending Mommy hugs πŸ™‚

  • Ginza/Thoma September 12, 2012 5:58 am

    Wow, what do I say! Fabulous pics, awesome video, and so much effort went into it all…congratulations Abeer. Really appreciate it!

    Kids are picky eaters…till about five. You’ve to put up with that. Sometimes whatever different stuff you try they don’t take it and you end up getting frustrated. Just let it be…he’ll change…don’t tax yourself so much. Most times it doesn’t help.

  • CJ at Food Stories September 12, 2012 11:33 am

    I love this video … Great job πŸ™‚

  • Marina September 12, 2012 10:02 pm

    Oh dear, this is such an fantastic post, and those cupcakes look fantastic! πŸ™‚

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 13, 2012 4:53 am

    What a helpful guide! Love it!

  • Ruth September 13, 2012 7:29 am

    They look beautiful!! Cupcake decorating tutorial is always welcome πŸ™‚ Now, concerning your baby ( I am not a mom,yet), I think he is probably picky because he is getting used to textures, they said you have to try the same foods several times in order to really know if he likes them or not. Just my humble opinion, hope it helps πŸ™‚

  • RavieNomNoms September 13, 2012 10:37 am

    When I was little my dad used to make "icky" faces when he was feeding me things that he didn’t like, so did my mom. However, only the ones my mom didn’t like stuck with me! haha

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! Such a great teacher!

  • [email protected] in disguise September 13, 2012 1:31 pm

    Loved the video Abeer, you do it with such ease and grace..you are truly talented πŸ™‚
    As for starting solids, try to offer him the same thing for 3 days then introduce something different
    Sometimes it takes them time to accept a new taste and other times they hate the color or consistency. It does indeed take time but once he accepts the idea of solids, you will begin to notice favorites

  • Bibi @ Bibi’s Culinary Journey September 13, 2012 2:33 pm

    Such a great tutorial. The chart is fantastic tool for new bakers πŸ™‚ I will print it for my teen who’s starting to get into baking.

  • Ambreen September 14, 2012 12:43 am

    Wow Abeer, what an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing, great work!

  • Hannah September 14, 2012 12:28 pm

    I almost always go with the standard swirl, either with a plain round or star tip. Thanks for reminding me that there’s so many more beautiful options out there! Your tutorial is inspiring me to try something new.

  • henna September 14, 2012 2:23 pm

    I love the video! It’s so informative! As for your son, I feel your pain sister. My 16 month old son is the same way. He’s been giving me such a hard time lately when it comes to eating. I recently made some sooji ki kheer and so far he’s been enjoying that, along with the other foods i’ve been trying to feed him. I guess you just have to keep trying different things.

  • Cass @foodmyfriend September 15, 2012 12:04 am

    They all look so amazing! I love them. I really should get my wilton tips out and have a fiddle with them. Looking at your cupcakes, the cake looks perfect. I love it when everything works out!

  • Tiffany September 15, 2012 6:08 am

    I love the diagrams! And yes, only a freak of nature doesn’t like cupcakes! LOL…. Sorry, I have no babies… but I send you positive energy that feedings become easier soon! HUGS!

  • I Wilkerson September 15, 2012 6:59 am

    Wow what a great guide! I have a lot of tips but almost never take them out–this may help my courage! If it makes you feel any better, even little ones who eat everything may outgrow that–I remember my oldest chowing down baby beets and she won’t touch one now!

  • Deb September 15, 2012 3:42 pm

    What a great tutorial! I find practicing new techniques is the best way to learn. Thanks for sharing such charming cupcake decorations!

  • Parsley Sage September 15, 2012 5:43 pm

    I’ll have one of each, please πŸ™‚

  • baker street September 16, 2012 4:09 am

    This is such a fantastic post! I am horrible with icing. Great tips. I’m going to keep this in mind when I bake cupcakes next. πŸ™‚

  • lisaiscooking September 16, 2012 9:50 am

    Love these decorating options! And, you’re right. Cupcakes are impossible to resist.

  • kitchenriffs September 16, 2012 9:51 am

    I love these tips! I’m so bad at decorating, but that’s partially because I never do it. One of those chicken and eggs things – how do I ever get better if I’m so bad I won’t try?! Really excellent post – thanks.

  • Shirley September 16, 2012 10:23 am

    More videos, please! Really enjoyed this one. I have all these tips, but I only use like one or two of them.

  • [email protected] September 16, 2012 11:54 am

    I am bookmarking this tutorial! I can bake a cupcake, but I suck at piping πŸ™‚

    M little one only liked jarred pears, carrots and sweet potato. She hated all the cereals and only drank apple juice.

  • Liz September 16, 2012 2:06 pm

    Wow, what a magnificent post! I need all the help I can get when it comes to icing cupcakes. This helps SO much!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious September 16, 2012 5:12 pm

    What a very detailed post – thanks for your generous tips! πŸ™‚

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 18, 2012 3:47 pm

    So jealous of your cake decorating skills. But grateful for the tutorials πŸ˜‰

  • Sandra’s Easy Cooking September 20, 2012 10:38 am

    Wow…I am so impressed! If I had just a bit of talent in decorating, but unfortunately I have none:)
    With all the bag-tips for decorating that I have I always menage to make huge mess LOL! Thanks for sharing, great post, amazing pictures and fantastic video!!!

  • Eftychia September 21, 2012 7:23 am

    Thanks for the video! Very nicely done!

  • Alana D September 24, 2012 2:37 pm

    Oh you had the baby, thats great!

  • SW December 24, 2012 3:06 pm

    Nice video and love Mozart!

  • Gretta Sisson January 18, 2013 7:12 pm

    Amazing job cant wait to try it thanks

  • JESSICA February 4, 2013 8:47 am

    Wow, that was very interesting to learn, am impress to get myself attached to this very lesson. i won’t wait to start my cup-cake decoration. thanks Abeer, wish to be as talented as you. Bye…

  • Abeer February 4, 2013 11:22 am

    Thanks Jessica… don’t be scared. Give it a shot… you will have fun and then you can admire your work πŸ™‚

  • Humera March 4, 2013 7:37 am

    WOW…. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG,Came across it about 2 hours ago and haven’t been off it since!Can’t wait to try out your recipes and icing techniques, really cool. Thanx for sharing!

  • Abeer March 4, 2013 1:12 pm

    @ Humera… Thanks! I am glad you are enjoying my blog πŸ™‚
    If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch…

  • Leslie September 20, 2015 5:18 am

    Interesting video! Have you considered doing an update? It would be helpful to see a video in better lighting and also with a light colored frosting. Shadows on chocolate make it hard to see. Also instead of music, would love to hear you explain what you are doing – show what the tip looks like, explain what angle to hold, how much pressure, etc. Cupcakes are one of my favorite things to bake, so Im familiar with using these tips, but for someone who hasn’t tried it, it can seem intimidating. (People have been so impressed with my cupcake frosting, they don’t understand how easy it is, haha!). Just a thought that for someone nee, it would help to hear instructions and see better.

    PS – Enjoyed poking around the rest of your blog – lots of great ideas and recipes!

    • Abeer Rizvi September 22, 2015 10:33 am

      Thanks for your feedback. I am definitely thinking about updating this old video and making it clearer and next time, I am using white frosting…lol πŸ˜‰

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