How to Frost Cupcakes Like a Pro

Learn how to frost cupcakes like a pro with this super simple technique. Everyone will think your homemade treats look just like a professional bakery!

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Welcome back to Cake Week! For five jam-packed days, I’m teaching you how to make professional looking cakes at home, so you can avoid those high bakery prices. You can find links to all posts in the series HERE.

These cupcakes look SO delicious! I can't believe how simple it is to create that pretty swirl. I'm totally doing this next time I make cupcakes for a birthday party or baby shower!

Back in elementary school, we always had to bring a snack for someone’s birthday. I often brought box-mix cupcakes with a slather of frosting on top and a dusting of sprinkles. They didn’t look awful, but they were definitely “homemade”.

What can I say, it’s really hard to smooth frosting with a knife!

Besides, I thought professionally swirled cupcakes only existed in expensive bakeries. Little did I know how easy it was to recreate the exact same look at home, just by using a simple decorating tip.

So whip up some icing, grab a spoon, and see how simple this technique really is in the video below. Enjoy!

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Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If your icing is hard to squeeze out of the bag, then it is too thick and needs to be thinned out with water. If your icing sags and droops, it’s too thin and needs more confectionery sugar. You may want to test your icing before tackling your first cupcake.
  • If your icing looks wobbly, this is a result of inconsistent pressure on the bag. Consistency makes perfect!

Learn how to frost cupcakes like a pro with this super simple technique. Everyone will think your homemade treats look just like a professional bakery!

I find myself loving cupcakes even more than cake, simply because they’re so cute and versatile. You can even create mini cupcakes for baby showers, bridal showers, or graduation parties. Everyone loves cupcakes!

How Often Do You Make Cupcakes?

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  1. Hi Kalyn! I wanted to say a huge thank you for this post on frosting cupcakes. My daughters opened a coffee shop/bakery this month and are using your technique to frost all their cupcakes. It is working beautifully! Thank you for the blessing you are in our lives.

    1. That’s wonderful, Margaret. I’d love to see some photos of their cupcakes!! If you like you can tag Creative Savings on Facebook or post them to the creative savings Facebook wall. 🙂

  2. I tend to make cakes more than cupcakes when I bake, that’s just preference I guess. I also don’t have a good cupcake pan so there’s that as well.

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