How to Make Professional Looking Cupcakes


While cupcakes were once limited to kids birthday parties and children's events, well-decorated cupcakes can now be found at weddings, corporate events and other formal occasions. Cupcakes are even sometimes used as centerpieces or in place of a wedding cake. Beautiful cupcakes, however, can be costly if you buy them in bulk at a patisserie or bakery. Thankfully, specialty stores often carry decorating materials that allow you to bake and create professional-looking cupcakes from your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Cupcake liners
  • Piping bag
  • Piping tips
  • Frosting or icing
  • Fondant decorations
  • Chocolate disks
  • Sprinkles
  • Buy detailed and well-made cupcake liners for your cupcakes. These can be found in many specialty pastry stores.

  • Use any mix or recipe for your cupcakes, but fill your cupcake cups approximately 2/3 to ¾ full, depending on the kind of cupcake you are trying to make. Flat cupcakes should be filled about 2/3 of the way up the tin, while cupcakes with domed tops should be about ¾ full.

  • Buy a piping bag with exchangeable tips.

  • Frost your cupcakes after they cool.

  • Fill your piping bag with frosting. Choose a tip. Star tips can be used to make delicate rosettes around your cupcake; small writing tips will allow you to write or make small dots.

  • Find a piping pattern that you like on the Internet or in a magazine, and follow the instructions to create your cupcake design.

  • Practice your piping technique on a piece of wax paper before you begin piping onto your cupcakes.

  • Add sprinkles, chocolate discs, or fondant decorations on top of your cupcakes. These can all be found at a pastry store or specialty baking store.

Tips & Warnings

  • If may choose to bake your cupcakes without liners, then place them in your specialty liners after they have baked. Grease your cupcake cups well to prevent sticking.
  • If you frost your cupcakes before they have cooled, the heat will melt your frosting.

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