Hi there DIY'ers! I'm Lauren from Much Ado About Somethin' and I'm pretty excited about sharing a cupcake how-to for you today. I've loved following Judy here at DIY by Design because of her fantastic, accessible ideas, so today I wanted to put together a cupcake decoration that anyone can do. No need for lots of "cake gear" or previous experience for this cute summery flower.
Gel icing color(s)
Large round piping tip (A1 size)
Large star piping tip
2 piping bags (or gallon Ziploc bags)
Paintbrush with bristles at least 1/2" wide
Small bowl of water
You can get all of the above items at AC Moore, Michaels, or your local craft store. Sometimes it's nice to speak with an associate while you're there - they can help you make sure you're buying the right thing!
I think it's a great idea to practice techniques before you try them on a cupcake. To do this, tape a piece of wax paper to your counter top and set aside some of your icing to "practice". This way you can scrape the icing off the wax paper and get all of the mistakes out of the way...and all of your cupcakes will look great!
To begin, mix your icing colors. I decided to make yellow flowers, but it would be fun to make lots of colored flowers - they'll be really pretty displayed together. Use a toothpick to transfer some of your gel icing color into a bowl of butter cream icing. Gel icing doesn't water down your icing like the drops do, so it's best to use this if you can.
Cut the tip off of a piping or gallon Ziploc bag, and drop your large round tip into it so just the tip sticks out of it. Fill your bag about half way with icing, and you're ready to go!
This cupcake is very simple - it boils down to 5 dots and a swirl!
First, practice your dots. Hold your filled piping bag at a 90 degree angle to the surface you're piping on, with the tip just above the surface. Apply pressure to the bag so the icing spreads out slightly. Then release pressure as you pull straight up. If you end up with what looks like a Hershey kiss, you've done it correctly! Practice these until you feel comfortable and most of your 'kisses' are a similar size.
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