How to decorate cupcakes

My goodness! This has been a tiring week. My little one has started eating solids and he is a VERY VERY VERY picky eater! It can take me up to an hour just to get through one feeding Confused smile

Every day, I try to feed him something different just so I get an idea as to what he likes. 

I know this has nothing to do with today’s posting but I just wanted to ask all my mommy friends out there…Did your kids give you a hard time as well? What type of food did you try? I think I am starting to run out of options …so, all suggestions are welcome Smile

AND NOW…let’s talk about cupcakes! Yummy little delights with creamy buttercream icing! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

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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 Winking smile

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Two of the most common requests I get from my lovely readers are: “How do you make swirls on cupcakes?” and “How do you make roses on cupcakes?”

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In addition to responding to those 2 requests, I thought it would be a good idea to show you a bunch of different designs that I use to decorate cupcakes as well Smile

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Rather that do a picture tutorial, I decided to do a video tutorial with the hopes that everything would be more clear.

I am a little camera- shy so I am not in it but my hands are in it…hahah

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I still need to learn a few things about filming a video properly…lol. So, plz pardon the shadows and random jerks and movements in the video. I promise my next video will be much better Winking smile

But for now, sit back and enjoy the video…

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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This makes everything even clearer… right?

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Well, that does it for today. Hope you found the tutorial helpful and let me know if you have any suggestions to improve the video and if you have any requests for new postings Smile


Until next time, happy baking!

48 thoughts on “How to decorate cupcakes

  1. Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    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!)

  2. Acacia

    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.

  3. What's Baking??

    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.

  4. Asmita

    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.

  5. jenbeans

    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?


    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 :-)
    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 :-) Good luck!

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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!!

  8. Wendy Irene

    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 ;-)
    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 :)

  9. Ginza/Thoma

    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.

  10. Ruth

    They look beautiful!! Cupcake decorating tutorial is always welcome :-) 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 :-)

  11. RavieNomNoms

    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!

  12. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    Loved the video Abeer, you do it with such ease and are truly talented :)
    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

  13. Hannah

    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.

  14. henna

    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.

  15. Tiffany

    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!

  16. I Wilkerson

    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!

  17. kitchenriffs

    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.

  18. Kate@Diethood

    I am bookmarking this tutorial! I can bake a cupcake, but I suck at piping :)

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

  19. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    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!!!


    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…

  21. Humera

    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!


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