How to Pipe Icing on Cupcakes

Betty's Baking Tip:

How to Do a Cupcake Swirl?

Learn how to do cupcake swirls with help from Betty Crocker™.

Love cupcakes but hate icing them? We can show you how to master the perfect cupcake swirl within a few easy steps.

How to Do a Cupcake Swirl?

  • Affix your nozzle to your piping bag and fill your piping bag with icing. Twist or clip the open end so there is adequate pressure on the icing and you only have to gently squeeze the bag to decorate. For a classic swirl go for a piping tip with a large star-shaped closed nozzle. If you don’t have that, don’t worry, you can still make a pretty swirl!
  • Hold your piping bag straight up, and about half an inch above your cupcake.
  • Moving from the outside in, with a circular motion, pipe the icing onto your cupcake. Keep repeating the motion in a spiral until you get the height or thickness that you want. Make sure when you are finished piping that you end the swirl in the middle of the cupcake.
  • Pop your cupcakes in the fridge for 15 minutes so the icing sets!

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