Cupcake Decorating for Parties and Entertaining
You’ve got a party coming up and want to treat your guests with some fancy cupcakes, but don’t want to spend a fortune ordering them. No worries! You can make your very own tasty delights and also get the chance to reveal your creative talent with some wonderful cupcake decorating ideas.
After all, cupcake decorating is a fun experience that can open up a whole new world of creativity for you. There are endless fun and original ways to decorate your cupcakes when it comes to serving them for a special occasion. This article will help to inspire you with some simple yet practical suggestions to achieve amazing results right from your kitchen.
Cupcake Decorating – Three Important Steps
1. Start with the right tools.
With the right tools, you’ll save time and effort with your embellished creations. Most important is the piping bag assembly which is comprised of three parts. Also known as pastry bags, they are cone-shaped flexible bags that can be used over and over for creating designs with your cake frosting. They are typically made from canvas or coated fabric.
Then there are the icing tips. These come in many different types to enable you to create unique designs. This is where the fun begins! Lastly, you have the coupler which allows you to attach the tip directly on to the piping bag. This enables you to replace the piping tips fast without needing to empty the bag.
You will also need a spatula and a clean work surface plus a couple of knives and spoons. You should also keep a mug of hot water close by. If you make a mistake you can often smooth over the frosting with the blade of a knife that has been dipped in hot water.
2. Wait until the cupcakes are cool.
Before you start decorating your cakes, make sure they are completely cool. Otherwise, the warm cupcakes will cause the frosting to melt. This will happen even if they are only slightly warm so ensure you allow plenty of cooling time. Also, brush them gently with your clean fingers or a pastry brush to remove any crumbs before applying the frosting.
3. Get creative.
To create beautiful decorations, consider the following factors first: the final color theme of your cupcakes and what other decorations you may want. For example, for a children’s party you may want candies or theme cupcake toppers. For a wedding you may want edible pearls, hearts or ribbons. It is important to have all accessories ready before you start because icing can set quite quickly and once set it is difficult to attach the cake decorations.
Now think of all the piping tip models you can use and how much you can do with them. Take the star tips to make stars, flowers, scallops, shells, ropes and more. Open star shapes may be simple, with only five or six peaks, or they can be more complex with dozens of peaks.
Usually, open star shapes are great for making rosettes by twisting the bag while you’re making the star shape. You can also create beautiful zigzag designs by simply moving the tip in a wavy line. Closed star tips are great for creating more refined flowers or stars.
Play with the many ways in which you can use the tips! For example, depending on the angle of the tip and how hard you squeeze the piping bag, a star tip can make a totally different shape. Use a large star tip to make a traditional swirl or a hair tip to create a special bathing cap model.
You can add that final touch to your cupcakes by adding ribbons, lace, sugar flowers, butterflies sugar, pearls and shavings of chocolate. And on top of it, add some spun sugar pieces to make your cupcake decorations truly original masterpieces.
With all the great advice and tools that are waiting for you, all you need is to get started for your next party. You can even make themed cakes to make your goodies even more special! Think of kids’ birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries and more.
You can achieve amazing results in your own kitchen, but please don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that baking is supposed to be fun. And practice. Try out your cupcake decorating techniques on your next party and mix the styles and colors confidently.