Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Night Treat/Tutorial: Frosting Flowers

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a quick and easy way to decorate cupcakes, using a frosting swirl. Through that post, I also found out that I am not the only one who would pass on a piece of cake but loves a good cupcake!

Today I want to show you my favorite favorite favorite way to quickly frost a cupcake. It takes a little bit of practice, but once you get the technique you can frost a couple dozen of these in 30 minutes!

I used Wilton tip 104. You can buy frosting tips individually at places like Michael's or Hobby Lobby, or in sets at Wal-Mart. They usually cost $1-$2 for an individual tip. Not such a big investment when you compare that to how much it costs to buy a dozen cupcakes from the grocery store!

This tip is a thin, teardrop shape, with an opening wider at one end than the other. After filling your frosting bag about 2/3 full with frosting (here is my favorite frosting recipe), we are ready to get started.

1. Get your cupcake ready but placing it in an area where you can easily turn the cupcake.
2. Place your tip just above the center of your cupcake, with the widest side of the tear-drop closest to the cupcake.
3. Tip your frosting bag so the tip is at about a 45 degree angle (the top of your frosting tip will be at about 10 o'clock).
4. Squeeze the frosting out, making the left side of a single petal all the way to the edge of the cupcake.
*When you reach the edge of the cupcake, continue squeezing the frosting bag as you turn it so the top of the tip is at about 2 o'clock.
*Squeeze the frosting bag, coming back to the center of the cupcake. You now have one completed petal.
5. Start in the center again. Make the left side of your petal (touching the right side of the petal next to it), and coming back to the center making the right side of your petal.
6-7. Continue all the way around the cupcake (I usually have about 6 petals going around the first layer of the cupcake).
8. When the top of the cupcake is full of petals, continue the same technique to make a second layer of petals.
*Place your frosting bag in the center, with the widest part of the teardrop shape closest to the center of the cupcake.
*Make petals extending from the center of the cupcake towards the outer edge (but the second layer has shorter petals that don't quite go all the way to the edge). I try to have the petals on the second layer form above where two petals meet on the layer below.
9-10. Continue in the same manner as the first layer of petals (I usually make about 4 or 5 petals on the second layer).
11-12. Add sprinkles or leave plain!

Other notes:
I like to rotate the cupcake as I frost, so I always make the petals in the same direction. I make a petal, and rotate the cupcake, make a petal, and rotate the cupcake, and continue that way all the way around the cupcake.

This is my favorite technique to use when I need to frost a cupcake quickly. I think it looks elegant, but is so simple to complete.

I used this technique in order to frost 1/2 of the cupcakes for this baby shower (the pinks and yellows). I then sprinkled large granule sugar on top.

It's also fun to switch colors while using the same frosting bag. I had some pretty cool yellow flower cupcakes where the flower petals had pink tips! This happened because after the pink frosting ran out, I just put yellow into the frosting bag without cleaning it out.
You can see in the picture some of the blue and purple combinations I have too, just by putting the next color in the bag when the original color ran out. Just a fun thing to try sometime!

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  1. These are pretty! I like your fancy frosting. Oh, and I tagged you in Blog Tag.

  2. These are just lovely! Perfect for Spring!

  3. A beautiful art of flowers. It is really nice and colour combination is great.

  4. I did the rose swirl cupcakes and they turned out beautiful. I need to practice more with the 104 tip. And yes, I mixed the left over frosting together and got an awesome tie dye effect.

  5. I cant take my eyes of those gorgeous cupcakes! Beautifully iced to perfection!