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Here is another quick way to decorate your cupcakes or cakes. It just takes minutes to pipe a fancy iced swirl and add colorful sprinkles.
The perfect little topper for your baby shower cupcakes.
The ball shape makes bold borders and is the first step to learn for figure piping. Vary the basic look by adding stars, dots or spirals on the ball shapes.
Let your cupcakes mirror the party décor. Make the balloons piped on top the same color as the real balloons you use as decoration!
Add a single banana or a bunch to the top of your cupcake. Could the banana decoration be a clue that the cupcake is banana flavored?
The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.
The cactus is a must-have for western themed cakes, and it couldn’t be easier. Elongated shells come together, topped by pull-out needles. We used tip 199 for great texture.
Chickens provide perfect practice for building up figure piped bodies and heads. You’ll then add a tapered tail and bead-motion wings, for a nicely-detailed bird. These playful chickens can be make ahead of time using Royal Icing as shown below, but they can also be done directly on your cake or cupcakes using Buttercream Icing, just omit the feet.
Grow a forest of Christmas Trees using ice cream cones as your base. Cut the cone to any size—just dampen to where the base will be and use a scissors or a small paring knife to cut around the cone.
A Clown looks great sitting up or laying down! Use the basic upright or horizontal technique to position the body, add arms, legs and ruffles, then top him off with our Small Derby Clowns head pick.
Climbing Leaf Border
Update the classic leaf border with added lushness. Build rows of graceful foliage from the bottom of your cake, leading to a row of your favorite flowers.
Combing a Cake
Create a textured surface on the cake sides.
Covering Cupcakes with a Round Tip Swirl
Your homemade cupcakes will be even more tempting when you add a pretty peak of icing on top! We used tip 2A here, but any large round tip will work.
Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.
E-Motion works best for bottom borders or western lariats. If you need to change positions while piping a border, push in tip at the end of the “e” and continue for a smooth look.
The airy look of the Fern provides the touch of greenery a cake top bouquet needs. For each frond, pipe a series of leaves which get gradually smaller as you approach the top.