Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How to pipe a round swirl on a cupcake

My goodness! Can you believe it is almost the end of November?! I feel like someone literally took my November away from me. Like, I don't even know where the time has gone. Is this an age thing? Because every year people say the older you get the faster the years flies by. It is crazy. Like cray cray, crazy! I am hoping that my whirlwind of a year winds down very soon as we get into the festive season (and my favourite time of year!) I've finally finished my placement at a very awesome preschool and my assessment went very well. Next week is another full on one and unfortunately (or fortunately?) until about the 15th of December my life is just one roller-coaster ride of excitement, cake decorating, study, baking, parties, weddings, birthdays after another. I am so looking forward to having nothing to do, but until then I can't afford the luxury of even thinking like that  yet!

Now on to the last cupcake decorating technique! To be quite honest with you I have no idea what you call this cupcake decorating technique. These were my other ideas "how to pipe a blob" or "how to pipe a poop" Neither sounded very appetising. Those two descriptions is what I want to say though, I even saved the video on my computer as the poop swirl and the blob!

This technique is used with a large round tip, I used Wilton's 2A and it seems to be just the right size. Both ways of icing are easy-as-pie but create slightly different looks. The icing I used was quite soft at the time, I could say that this was because it was the look I was going for but in reality it was because it was sitting in my lounge with all curtains but one drawn with a white sheet over top which pretty much made me my own little hot house to photograph and film my tutorials. It worked to my advantage though as I think it helped it seep together better.

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How to pipe a round swirl (a.ka.a the poop swirl)

You will need:
Piping bag fitted with a 2A or large round tip

Start on the outside of the cupcake with your piping bag at a 90 degree angle. (I realise I didn't start on the outside, not sure why, perhaps too many cupcake made my mind fuzzy?)
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.

How to pipe a blob

You will need:
Piping bag fitted with a 2A or large round tip

Start on the inside of the cupcake with your piping bag at a 90 degree angle.
Apply pressure to the piping bag and squeeze while slowly lifting until you reach the size of the blob you are happy with.

These two techniques are so easy to achieve and they make for quite a good plain cupcake look. I haven't experimented much with it yet but did try it out on my Hello Kitty cupcakes as well as the delicious French Toast cupcakes. The great thing is it doesn't take the attention away or create too much of a busy cupcake.

Well, we've reached the end of the cupcake decorating basics journey. This won't be the last tutorial though, I had too much fun with this one! Is there a technique or idea that you would like to see a tutorial on? Please leave me a comment or message me on Facebook if you have any suggestions and of course, if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've enjoyed my tutorials and maybe learned a thing or two!


  1. haha love that you call something so pretty the Poop swirl :P

    I've just started a new blog link up My Style Sunday . I'd love you to join with your super stylish baking.

    1. Haha, sorry about the poop reference! :-P

      Thanks for the invitation, I will have a think about, am very busy at the moment unfortunately!