Cupcake decorating isn’t as hard as it looks! With the right tools and a bit of practice you can create the perfect buttercream frosting swirl.

When it comes to cupcake decorating the sky is the limit. If you can imagine it then nine times out of ten you can make it out of sugarpaste! There are some incredibly talented cake decorators out there coming up with some amazingly creative and innovative cupcake designs. However, sometimes you just can’t beat a simple buttercream frosting swirl and some sprinkles.

A buttercream frosting swirl is really simple to create with the right tools and a bit of practice. Follow our tips below and you’ll be icing cupcakes like a pro in no time. Just remember, if it goes a bit wrong you can always eat it and start again!

If you’re new to cupcake decorating then the sheer amount of piping nozzles available can be quite daunting. The best one to begin with is a 1M nozzle along with a good quality piping bag.

The next thing to focus on is the buttercream. It should be light and fluffy and form hard peaks. If your buttercream is too thick then it won’t pipe out of the bag easily and could cause wrist strain or burst the side of your piping bag. Too sloppy and it won’t hold its shape on the cupcakes.

Don’t overfill your piping bag; the heat from your hands will soften the buttercream and make it runnier. Try to work with smaller quantities of buttercream at a time so that it doesn’t have time to react to your body heat.

Create a swirl using a 1M nozzle by starting from the outer edge of the cupcake and piping inwards and upwards in a spiral motion. Keep the piping bag upright and rotate your wrist while piping the buttercream out with an even amount of pressure to avoid bulges.

A rose can also be created with a 1M nozzle by starting from the centre and piping outwards. Keep the cupcake still, the piping bag upright and let your wrist rotate to create a buttercream rose.