Cupcake Icing Technique??

Baking By TejasRebel Updated 24 Sep 2010 , 5:56pm by megandeann

TejasRebel Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 5:47pm
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Anybody know what tip to use to get the spiky, kind of porcupine-looking icing effect? I've seen it done on a couple shows recently (Challenge, Cupcake Wars), but am not sure where to begin to achieve that result.

I have an order of cupcakes due tomorrow that I'd really like to try it on, so any help is appreciated!

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pinkjacs Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 5:54pm
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you can use a piping tool and put individual icing on all over that gives the spiked effect. That doesnt really make it very clear sorry icon_sad.gif but thats what I do

CWR41 Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 6:10pm
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Are you talking about using a grass tip?

KATHIESKREATIONS Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 6:28pm
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I use Wilton tip number 233 for making hair, grass, etc.

TejasRebel Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 12:31am
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No, not the grass tip. It looks almost like a teardrop shape but with a sharp point at the top.

Let me see if I can find a picture to upload...

TejasRebel Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 12:52am
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I'm not having any luck finding a picture. icon_sad.gif

It was on Cupcake Wars a few weeks ago. I wish I could give more details, but all I can remember is that it was a man and he had these beautifully iced cupcakes.

crisseyann Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 12:55am
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352 leaf tip?

CWR41 Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 12:57am
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One point at the top, or several?

leily Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 1:08am
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do you remember what the theme of the show was? or who they were making the cupcakes for?

I know this picture isn't from cupcake wars, but are you looking for something like this? on the cover of the Hello Cupcake book?

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://lifeonthebalcony.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/hello-cupcake.jpg&imgrefurl=http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-adorable-gardening-inspired-cupcakes/&usg=__hif5zOJMbDMgIjcGhLGHMTMPSYI=&h=576&w=519&sz=120&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=qIBJkhEUTxK-FM:&tbnh=168&tbnw=157&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcupcake%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1676%26bih%3D844%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=858&vpy=110&dur=0&hovh=237&hovw=213&tx=141&ty=163&ei=kvibTIvEGIbPnAeg08j7DA&oei=kvibTIvEGIbPnAeg08j7DA&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=32&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0

From your description i'm wondering if it was a round or star tip that was piped all over the top pulling up into a point. but not exactly sure w/o a picture b/c i can imagine to many things icon_smile.gif

grandmomof1 Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 1:25am
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Could it have been a rose petal tip?

TejasRebel Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 1:56am
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Leily, that's close, yes. But it had a rounded bottom. I'm sorry I can't come up with a picture, but I do appreciate everyone's help!

I might just have to experiment with several tips when I get my icing ready in the morning.

grandmomof1 Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 2:56am
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The teardrop shape is a rose petal.

leily Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 1:23pm
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Originally Posted by TejasRebel

Leily, that's close, yes. But it had a rounded bottom. I'm sorry I can't come up with a picture, but I do appreciate everyone's help!

I might just have to experiment with several tips when I get my icing ready in the morning.




If it had a rounded bottom then i bed it was some round tip. I'd probably start with those if I was you. Then just squeeze for the round of the tear drop and then pull up for the point. You may also need to play with the consistency of your icng to get that pointy look.

TejasRebel Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 1:25pm
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Thanks, everyone, for your help!

stacey71 Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 2:51pm
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Are you talking like a hershys kiss teardrop look?

TejasRebel Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 4:27pm
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Originally Posted by stacey71

Are you talking like a hershys kiss teardrop look?




Yes! Exactly!

TrixieTreats Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 4:50pm
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Couldn't you use the 1A tip at a 90 degree angle, let the icing build up and pull away as you taper off your pressure to create the "tail"?

imagenthatnj Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 5:12pm
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1A tip or bigger, press hard at the beginning to get the round mound of icing and then go straight up and pull right away to get the tip.

I saw those at the challenge, very pretty. And not a ton of icing!

imagenthatnj Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 5:45pm
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Yes, at least that's what I saw. Of course the cupcakes were bigger, and the little mound of icing stood in the center, covering them a lot less.

Funny, I posted that link yesterday for something else and today I couldn't remember those!

megandeann Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 5:56pm
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Originally Posted by imagenthatnj

Yes, at least that's what I saw. Of course the cupcakes were bigger, and the little mound of icing stood in the center, covering them a lot less.

Funny, I posted that link yesterday for something else and today I couldn't remember those!




Haha, funny that I was looking for the post that you must have made yesterday and couldn't find it so I googled it... icon_biggrin.gif

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