You can use any tip (pretty much) for piping a cupcake swirl, generally though, the fatter the better. If you want that typical cupcake look you will want a large tip which doesn't fit onto the normal coupler (like the ones in the past tutorials) however, you can buy a large coupler. I've never bought one, don't ask me why. I just pop my large tip into my cotton piping bag and pipe away. This will also work in a disposable bag but you will end up stretching it eventually which means they won't last as long (I suppose they're not really meant to last at all, what with the name disposable and all!) Usually people refer to the 1M tip for cupcakes, that is because it is pretty much magic. Wilton name/number all their tips for easy reference and this is by far their most popular one. It is also used to make the famous rose swirl which I will be going through next week. If you don't have a 1M tip, any large star tip will do. Enough talk! Lets get into it!
How to pipe a cupcake swirl
You will need:
Piping bag fitted with a 1M tip or large star tip
Start on the outside of the cupcake with your piping bag at a 90 degree angle.
Squeeze piping bag while gradually moving anti-clockwise around the cupcake, making sure that this is one continuous squeeze so the icing is not broken and using the same amount of pressure through the whole movement.
Overlap the edges of the line before until you reach the middle.
Stop squeezing and remove piping bag from cupcake.
This is such a handy cupcake decorating technique, I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I've used it! You can leave it plain with just a swirl like these vanilla cupcakes or jazz it up a bit with a fondant flower like I did for this anniversary and these Hello Kitty cupcakes. You can also make yourself a cupcake topper to decorate an otherwise plain cupcake. The possibilities are endless!
I know you're all excited about next weeks tutorial on how to pipe a rose swirl. You will be amazed just how simple it really is to achieve! In the mean time, have a fabulous week! As usual, leave me a comment or message me on Facebook if you have any questions or if you just wanna say hi (that would be super sweet, just sayin')