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Decorating Cupcakes

Decorating cupcakes has never been easier with these simple and fun cupcake decorating techniques. Here you will find everything you need to know to create perfectly decorated cupcakes -- from choosing the right type of icing to creating delicious fillings and using a variety of candies for cupcake decorations!

filled center cupcakes

Jam or Icing Filled Center

You can really have fun with flavor when you add a tasty jam or icing filling to your baked cupcakes. Filling the centers is easy using the Bismarck tip 230.

Ingredients: Your favorite icing or filling

Tools: Bismarck Tip 230, Disposable Decorating Bags

Step 1
Prepare a decorating bag with your jam filling and Round Decorating Tip 230; insert tip in top center of an un-iced cupcake and squeeze out a small amount of filling. Or, use the Wilton Dessert Decorator, which includes a filling tip and an easy-to-control cylinder for adding just the right amount.

Step 2
Place cooled cakes or cookies on cooling rack positioned over cookie sheet or pan.

1M Swirl

1m swirl cupcakes

Here is another quick way to decorate your cupcakes or cakes. It just takes minutes to pipe a fancy iced swirl and add colorful sprinkles.

Ingredients: Buttercream Icing (light to medium consistency)

Tools: 1M Tip, Disposable Decorating Bags

Step 1
Hold 1M Tip 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.

Icing Cupcakes with a Spatula

spatula icing cupcake

Covering the cupcake using buttercream with a spatula is the traditional way to ice cupcakes, neatly and quickly.

Ingredients: Medium Consistency Icing

Tools: Spatula

Step 1
Place a dollop of icing at the center of the cupcake.

Step 2
Spread icing across the top, pushing toward the edges. For a smooth look, run the spatula edge across the top.

Step 3
For a fluffier look, lightly touch the iced surface with the spatula blade and lift up.

Covering the Cupcake Using Ganache, Candy Melts or Poured Icings

ganache covered cupcakes

You can't go wrong with any of these delicious coatings. Each will give cupcakes, mini cakes and other baked goods a beautiful finish -- choose the look you want for your event.

Ingredients: Candy Melts®, Ganache or Quick-Pour Fondant Icing

Tools: Cookie Sheet, Cooling Grid, Disposable Decorating Bags

Step 1
Place cooled cupcakes or mini cakes on cooling grid positioned over cookie sheet or pan. Cupcakes which will be covered completely should be turned bottom side up. If using Candy Melts®, melt following package directions. If using icing, follow recipe directions to reach pouring consistency.

Step 2
Pour ganache, candy or icing on center of cupcake using pan or measuring cup. Or, pipe candy or icing from a cut decorating bag. Cover the cupcake completely, or use your coating as a glaze to simply cover tops and drip over the sides.

Step 3
Let set.

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