How to Do a Tricolor Swirl in Frosting


A tidy and multicolored swirl of frosting is the perfect way to adorn your favorite cupcakes. You can also use this clever frosting technique on cookies, or add several swirls on a cake. Seamlessly combining three colors of frosting may seem daunting, but even a novice can easily create this look. A frosting swirl of red, white and blue is festive for Independence Day, or incorporate the colors of your child's birthday theme into the frosting. Your lovely creations will surely delight and impress your party guests.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 disposable decorating bags
  • Scissors
  • Large open-star decorating tip
  • Frosting in three colors
  • Cupcakes
  • Cut about 1 inch off the tip of one of the decorating bags, using sharp scissors. Drop the decorating tip into this bag and set that bag aside. Cut about 1/2 inch off the tip from each of the remaining three bags.

  • Spoon one color of frosting into each of the three bags that do not have the tip. Add the frosting from the bottom up, filling each bag about one-third full.

  • Press the frosting bags a bit to flatten them. Stack the three frosting bags on top of each other. Place the frosting bags evenly into the bag with the decorating tip.

  • Hold the bag over the kitchen sink and apply a bit of pressure to the top of the bag. Squeeze out any air bubbles and twist the bag closed at the top to keep the frosting in and air out. Make a star or two of frosting in the sink, ensuring that all of the colors are coming out to your satisfaction.

  • Hold the tip about 1/2 inch above the cupcake. Use firm, steady pressure the entire time you are making the swirl. Begin in the center of the cupcake, squeezing out a star of frosting. Draw a complete, tight circle around the star and a second circle on top of the first, moving back toward the center. Release pressure once you have reached the center of the cupcake.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add all three frosting colors to one bag instead of using separate bags, if desired. If only using one bag, add the colors side by side. The frosting colors will not be as uniformly dispersed as it would be in separate bags.
  • Use a smaller tip to make mini swirls. Add mini swirls all over an entire cake or cupcake.
  • Add more than three colors of frosting to the bag, if desired. When increasing colors, decrease the amount of frosting used per color.
  • Use the same type of frosting for each color. Different consistencies or temperatures of frosting colors can result in difficulty frosting and undesirable results.

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