How to Frost a Cupcake Like a Pro?

Frosted Cupcakes
Frosted Cupcakes

Cupcakes are inexpensive and easy to make, but making them look professional requires a bit more effort. This recipe is for a classic American buttercream, and the directions are for a basic cupcake swirl. Feel free to experiment with tips and icing flavors for cool new designs.


Classic American Buttercream

3/4 unsalted butter

4-5 cups icing sugar, sifted

3 tbsp cream (optional)

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar, one cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Add the cream if the icing needs to be creamier.

Frosting Directions

Place cupcakes on a level surface.

Attach a large icing tip to a pastry bag, and fill 3/4 full with frosting. Twist the end to avoid spillage.

Starting in the middle of the cupcake, gently squeeze the bag to get a slow flow of frosting. Bring it to the edge of the cupcake, and gently swirl upwards, like an ice cream cone.

Top with sprinkles, cocoa powder, or candy bits.



Leanne Perry

Author: Leanne Perry

Leanne is a writer and baker from Vancouver, Canada. She started her career in the food industry early, working in a butcher shop during her teen years, and now combines her passion for food with her love of writing. She favors wholesome ingredients and unprocessed foods, but has been known to indulge in her fair share of bacon, frosting, and other treats.

1 thought on “How to Frost a Cupcake Like a Pro?”

  1. Thanks for the great tip on how to decorate a cupcake like a pro, Leanne! Another easy way is tocu dip the cupcake in chocolate fondue and then sprinkle it with crushed nuts.

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