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Topic: Icing for 100 cupcakes?
ladycakes0513 03/16/2011 1:46 PM
How much icing should I make to cover 100 cupcakes? I would like to decorate the cupcakes as well. I will be doing minimal decorations. Thank you.
ponyjockey 03/16/2011 2:19 PM
Welcome to the forums!! I would say for most cupcakes it takes about 1/4 of a cup of icing for a 1M swirl so I would start out with about 1/3 of a cup of icing for each cupcake because you will also be decorating. I hope this helps!
ladycakes0513 03/16/2011 2:43 PM
Wow! Thanks for the info. I would have been short by half. Thanks again.
whoknew? 03/17/2011 12:02 AM
Hi ladycakes, welcome to the forum. Recently I did 150 cupcakes for elementary school kids along with a larger cake that took all my time and energy. I did VERY simplistic cupcake decorations because it was just for the kids who could care less and scarfed the cupcakes in about 30 seconds flat. Here's the link:
http://www.wilton.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=4&threadid=148259&FTVAR_MSGDBTABLE=
(The cupcake frosting was an ugly "black" looking color because it was left over from another project. I mixed in some chocolate and just went with it regardless of the appearance.) I used a 1M tip and did a tiny "squish" of frosting in the middle, then sprinkled on red and white sugar crystals and stuck a Wilton candy melt in each one. Doing it that way required far less frosting than doing a complete 1M swirl.

I agree with ponyjockey, complete 1M swirls take a LOT of frosting! Here's a photo of a complete 1M swirl where I started on the outside edge and swirled toward the center: (I think they are gorgeous, especially if you mix colors in the bag):
Here's a link to a photo
http://www.wilton.com/forums/attachments/rsz_cupcake_bouquet_purple_pink_top_view1.jpg

Here's a link to a photo where I started in the center and swirled toward the outside edge:
http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/316

If you need instructions on how to mix the colors in the bag, here's a link with instructions (scroll down to "bag striping effects": http://www.wilton.com/decorating/icing/coloring-icing.cfm