Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to pipe a rose swirl on a cupcake

Gosh that's a long title! Perhaps I should have gone with "rose swirl"? Or maybe I could extend it just for fun "how to pipe swirl on a cupcake that looks like a rose using buttercream and the 1M decorating tip" no? Okay then! Today's tutorial is one I know you're all excited about. You have probably seen the rose swirl before unless a) you've been living under a rock or b) you haven't seen I am Bakers Rose Cake (or mine for that matter) or c) you haven't ordered cupcakes from Petal before or d) you're not a big cupcake fan, in which case -what are you doing here! Just kidding, you can stay.

The rose swirl looks complicated but the trick to it is the decorating tip you use. The tip does it all for you, all you do is pipe from the inside out and voila! Pretty (and impressive) cupcake! Looks good with zero effort, I like that!

Usually you would use a 1M or 2D (that's very similar to 1M) tip to pipe this little beauty. I haven't tried it with any other large star tips but you can experiment (and let me know what happens).

Rose Swirl Cupcakes

How to pipe a rose swirl

What you need:
Piping bag fitted with a 1M or 2D

Start on the inside 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.
Keep the swirl nice and tight, almost overlapping as you pipe.
Once you reach the outside of the cupcake stop squeezing and remove piping bag from cupcake.
You are now left with a little indent where you finished the piping, this will no-doubt be only noticeable to you (you'll see it on every cupcake now that I've mentioned it) but if you want to fix it you can gently dot it with you finger so it is not as noticeable or attach a cute little fondant flower or heart or anything in the seam.

There you have it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I have used this method to show off piping skills in the past, people think there is some kind of secret, tricky, manoeuvre  to it but in reality the tip is doing all the work! It is so versatile, I've used it for Rosewater Pistachio cupcakes (even though they were a big fat failure), as well as farewell cupcakes and even covered a cake using this technique!

If you give this a go I would LOVE to see photos! Nothing makes me happier than when you guys show me the cakes and cupcakes you've made -honestly! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message on Facebook.

Next week is the final (for now) in this basic cupcake decorating series. I'll be showing you how to pipe a poop. Oops, did I just write that?! Gross. Sorry. I'll be showing you how to pipe a "blob"...a blob that looks like a poop. You could say I'm teaching you how to poop on a cupcake! If anyone is still reading my blog after my awesome toilet humour I will see you next week, same time same place, have a lovely week ya'll!


  1. I bought the 2D yesterday and I'm going to try and make a rose swirl this weekend for a friend, wish me luck :)

    1. Good luck! I'm sure it will look fabulous! Send me a photo! :-D

  2. Hi Lydia. I iced my cupcakes last Sunday with the 1M tip and was pretty pleased with them over the Lakeland tip (UK) I'd used in the past. But the effect is not the same as the other cupcakes you've iced (in your links) and I wondered if you could work out what I've done wrong. I'm going to tweet you a photo if you'd be so kind to take a look and let me know if you can tell. As it happened I bought the 2D today because I thought that must make the difference, but you've got that nice wavy/frilly effect that I'm looking for (non-rose). This weekend I plan to make more cupcakes and practice the icing technique. Thanks for the posts.

    1. Heya!
      Please do send the photo, I'd love to help out if I can! You can also message me a photo on Facebook if you like, the link to it is on the right hand side of my blog.
      Have fun with the cupcakes this weekend, I'm sure they will look fabulous! Send me a photo when you're done, would LOVE to see!

    2. Hi Lydia, I'm wondering if I might be blocked on your Twitter. I can't see the tweet I sent on Friday immediately following my comment on your blog. I just sent you a tweet on your Profile page and it didn't appear. I'm a bit shy about putting my photo on your Facebook page, and certainly wouldn't want any of your friends thinking that was your effort when it's not nearly up to scratch :) My twitter is ontotheplate. Feel free to delete this comment once you've read it. Ta. BTW I've just iced my next batch with the 2D, slowly improving but still a way to go yet.

    3. Hey Anita!
      I'm quite new to Twitter so I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong but I don't seem to have any messages. On Facebook you can send a message and attach a photo, if you don't want to do that let me know and I'll give you my email. Technology these days huh! Haha!
      Oh cool! Hope you're enjoying the new tip! I just iced 76 cupcakes today! It was crazy! So happy to be relaxing now :-D

    4. Oh I just found you on Twitter and then your blog, your baking looks amazing! Love your photos!

  3. hi im trying it tommorrow so exicted

    1. Yay! Let me know how it goes, send me a photo!

  4. hy lydia im trying it 2morrow cant wait