There's no need to be intimidated by all those websites and blogs loaded with photographs of fancy cakes. With some inexpensive piping tips, high quality zip-top bags, and a little practice, you too can create beautifully decorated cakes and cupcakes at home -- even without a culinary arts degree. Before you get started, keep in mind that it's helpful to practice piping techniques on a plate first. That way the frosting can be scooped back into the bags for re-use. Frosting should be quite stiff so it better holds its shape on the cake or cupcakes.