Cupcake Icing Technique- Which Tip To Use?

Baking By littlegembakery Updated 27 Feb 2010 , 7:39am by robyndmy

littlegembakery Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:39pm
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Hi there, hoping someone can help me- I'd really like to ice cupcakes like this but am not sure what tip (or technique) to use- Can anyone enlighten me (the colour/sugarpaste flowers aren't so much of an issue- its how to achieve the buttercream swirl that is foxing me!


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catlharper Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:40pm
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Looks like a rose tip to me...same one you'd use for making buttercream roses.

littlegembakery Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:41pm
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thanks cat for super speedy reply- will give that a go- My current icing techniques only extend to swirls with a big star tip- Think this may take a bit more practice!

juststarted Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:48pm
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I'm pretty sure (not 100% icon_wink.gif ) it is done by a big star tip, possibly 1M. For the technique do it like regular swrils but instead of starting on the edge, start in the center and work your way to the edge. needless to say don't overlap the layers like the regular swrils, just do one layer of swrils. hope all of these makes sense. you can try to search the cupcake swrils in youtube, I think I've seen a video tutorial there very similar to this one.

QueenOfSweets Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:52pm
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juststarted - you're exactly right. It's a 1M tip, and you start in the center of the cupcake and swirl outwards to the edge. Very pretty technique!

justdelightfulcakes Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 3:30am
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I'm so glad you asked this! I just saw one of these in the Most Saved cakes and fell in love with it! I'm definitely trying it this week!

onlymadaresane Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 3:33am
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Yuppers...the 1M. You can youtube the cupcake rose and there's a few videos I think (if you're more a visual person like I am!)

jammjenks Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 3:55am
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1M is a possibility, but I'd go for a 2D. Check out this thread:

littlegembakery Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 2:01pm
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ah great stuff- many thanks all- I knew there was probably a simple explanation- just had no idea what it was!

joyfullysweet Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 2:04pm
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Ditto on the 2D. I don't really think it's a star tip.

JoyRide Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:05am
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I am thinking 2D too.

motherofgrace Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:23am
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2D is definatly more "rose" like icon_smile.gif

CarolAnn Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:26am
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Wow, I love the look of those cuppies!!!

Ixtli Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:23pm
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the link won't open for me icon_sad.gif

LateBloomer Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:43pm
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If you would like to look at the yellow cc in my pictures... they were done with a 2D

CarolAnn Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:52pm
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LateBloomer - Your bc roses on the cuppies are pretty. The yellow gumpaste roses one of the cakes in your gallery are GORGEOUS!!! Wow!

LateBloomer Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 5:55am
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Thanks CarolAnne. I still have lots to learn, started 3 years ago but I am totally hooked!

PuffCake Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 7:11pm
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

1M is a possibility, but I'd go for a 2D. Check out this thread:

This thread you referenced has been deleted for some reason. I love your rose cupcakes and have tried your technique, but still have a couple questions.

Do you hold the tip completely vertical the whole time or do you hold it at an angle as you circle out? Do you turn your wrist or keep it in the same position the whole time?

Also, do you mind sharing what kind of icing you use when you make these? Not necessarily the recipe, just what kind of icing. I would think that might make a difference.


PuffCake Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 7:35pm
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This is the only picture I have of the ones I have tried. I don't seem to end the swirl very well. You can see the trail of icing around the outside edge. I can't see that on yours, so I'm wondering how you end the swirl.

juststarted Posted 27 Feb 2010 , 1:50am
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PuffCake, your cupcake roses are beautiful thumbs_up.gif had you not mentioned the trail at edge, I'd have never noticed.

denetteb Posted 27 Feb 2010 , 5:02am
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I have trouble with the end trail also. But I just try to remind myself that no one else notices it, they just think it is so cool looking. And I think the OP cupcakes shown has the trail hidden by the little flower.

robyndmy Posted 27 Feb 2010 , 7:39am
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I found this post and just had to try icing like this! I practiced with both a 1M and a 2D, and I found that the 2D was more rose like with bigger, more delicate petals. But, I found because the 2D was more delicate, it was more difficult for me (a beginner). So I opted with the 1M for tonight, and still really liked the results!

The end trail I just covered with a little fondant heart, worked great.

Oh yes, and here's the You Tube video I watched, which totally confirmed the technique everyone else said. icon_smile.gif

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