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How to pipe your frosting to get beautiful swirls??

post #1 of 39
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Hey all... can anyone tell me how to get beautiful cupcakes swirls like this?? http://iheartcuppycakes.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/mothers-day-cupcakes/

I've bought 1M tips and use them all the time but my cupcake swirls always turn out flat and not like a nice beautiful mountain of frosting like this... what am i doing wrong?? icon_cry.gif

Does anyone have any tips of getting their swirls to look like the blog above? Please help!!!
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post #2 of 39
Hmmmm..... 1M tip was my first thought but you said you already have it.

In order to build up the icing into the nice mound, it works best to start from the outside and work in, using each row of icing as a base to build up higher and higher into a peak. Not sure if I am describing this welll...can anyone else help?

serenelui - when you were using the 1M tip, how were you putting it on the cupcake? Maybe if we know what you were doing that didn't give you the results you wanted, we can help give some hints to make it work better for you. icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 39
if the icing is not mounding up it sounds like your icing might be too thin. Make sure it's thick enough to stand on its own or else it will just mush down. If your thin is too thin I would add some powdered sugar to thicken it up to support itself more.
post #4 of 39
is 1M a big star tip? start near the edge and build up on each layer (like laying bricks? does that help? not very discriptive-i agree with bathoryjones, make sure you're starting with a thicker consistancy icing and try that hth icon_smile.gif
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post #5 of 39
I once watched a show where they were doing cupcakes like those ones and the trick is actually to stack two swirls of frosting, not one continuous one. I tried it, and sure enough, it worked. First make a regular swirl and then on top of that one make a narrower one, ending with a pointy tip, and voila! A beautiful tall swirl! Hope this helps. It really does work!
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http://www.youtube.com/user/SeriousCakes


Here's a link to see how icing is put on cupcakes to make the icing look layered.
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post #7 of 39
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thanks for all the advice you guys..
bathoryjones: my icing is usually pretty thick and yup.. it can stand on its own, i.e. it holds the star shape even after piping..
awolf24, michellesArt: i pipe my cupcakes from the outside in.. have tried to overlap the icing so that the next inner layer rests on the previous layer.. but they never seen to be able to get high enough to get that beautiful mountain of icing that i want. i'll try and post a picture of what mine turned out to be.. maybe you guys could give me more pointers after seeing the pics ;p
SharonK1973: erm.. do you have pictures to show what you mean.. haha.. i don't really understand what you meant :p
KieslerKakes: thanks for the link.. i'm waiting for it to load so i can check it out :p
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post #8 of 39
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unfortunately i can't post a picture here.. but here's a link to the photo i uploaded on flickr... i hope you can see it clearly i'm not much of a photographer.. :p

could someone take a look and see what i'm doing wrong icon_redface.gif thanks a million guys!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21799685@N05/2668413942/
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post #9 of 39
My cupcakes look just like yours. I think we both need a new tip.
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post #10 of 39
i don't know what you're doing wrong because i used to not be able to make swirls too icon_sad.gif until i started making SMBC. now my swirls are decent enough. i use 1M too.
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post #11 of 39
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haha.. good to know that i'm not the only one with this problem icon_smile.gif and yeah.. it's got to be a tip problem.. can't be us right :p... hee hee
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post #12 of 39
Looks like your icing is soft and you need a bigger star tip..
http://www.cheftools.com/prodinfo.asp?number=02%2D0312+++07
It should look at least as big as the one on the bag!..And then you layer in circles. almost like doing a beehive..
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post #13 of 39
When you start your second layer try squeezing harder (more icing coming out) and lifting up a little bit and do the same thing for the rest of the layers until you get the height you want.
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post #14 of 39
I use the 1M tip as well, and swirl from the outside in, then do a smaller swirl the opposite direction on top. You need to use buttercream that is fairly thick..not quite as thick as roses, but not as thin as icing a cake with.

I love doing it this way as I can ice them really fast and just line then up and get them done
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post #15 of 39
serenelui..I answered this question you asked me on the cuppy thread ! But what icing do you use also ?
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