When you go online looking for photos of decorated cupcakes, you may come upon some really elaborate examples that probably took the decorator several minutes to complete. While some people have plenty of time for cupcake decorating, most of us want easy cupcake recipes that can be made and decorated quickly. With this in mind, we’ve compiled this series of five quick and easy cupcake decorating tips.
Making cupcakes is simple, even for people who have not been baking long. In case you’re new to cupcake making, here are some tips on how to make cupcakes:
Make batter, either from a mix or from a recipe. Follow instructions carefully.
Preheat the oven, usually to 350 degrees.
Get a cupcake tin and line it with cupcake papers. If you purchased decorative outer cupcake wrappers, save them for later. They should be placed on the cupcakes after you’ve finished baking and decorating them. Just use the simple, inexpensive paper liners you can find at most supermarkets for this step.
Bake the cupcakes. Pay close attention to the time to prevent burning.
Completely cool your cupcakes. Many experienced cupcake decorators make cupcakes early in the morning or even the evening before a planned cupcake decorating session. Do not skip this step, as warm cupcakes lead to runny, messy icing.
Often, people make the mistake of using a spatula or a knife to ice their cupcakes. Instead of spreading icing on, try using a piping bag and large piping tips to pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. You’ll end up with a beautiful finished product that looks great on its own, or that can serve as a fantastic canvas for additional decorations.
Either use a solid icing color, or try blending two different icing colors in your piping bag for a lovely two-tone effect. If you’re not a fan of food coloring, you can try using vanilla and chocolate icing for contrast, or you can blend natural fruit jam into part of your icing for pale blue, pink, or even yellow coloring.
Just like a quality canvas or great paper helps an artist create a splendid work of art, a nicely iced cupcake helps ensure that your finished treats look picture perfect. Once you’ve got the hang of icing cupcakes and are happy with the effect you’ve created, try some of the following cupcake decorating tips:
Using these cupcake decorating tips as a guide, you’ll find that preparing beautiful, delicious cupcakes is simpler than ever – even if you’re completely new to baking.