How to decorate cupcakes using icing, buttercream, fondant or vegan icing
Cupcakes are small individual cakes served on the same wrappers as muffins. Making cupcakes is very fashionable at the moment and there are many ways to decorate them. In this OneHowTo article we explain a few ways how to decorate cupcakes.
- How to decorate cupcakes with fondant
- How to decorate cupcakes with chocolate icing
- How to decorate cupcakes with buttercream
- How to decorate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
- How to decorate cupcakes with royal icing
- How to decorate cupcakes with vegans vegetarian glazings
- Types of nozzles for cupcakes
How to decorate cupcakes with fondant
Fondant is an elastic sugar paste, widely used for decorating cupcakes or cakes. You can buy it in pastry shops but nothing beats the flavour of home made fondant. In OneHowTo, we provide you with the recipe: how to make fondant at home using marshmallows. For the chocolate lovers, we also teach you how to make a homemade chocolate fondant.
How to decorate cupcakes with chocolate icing
Another option for decorating cupcakes is that of chocolate icing, whose main ingredients are butter, milk, icing sugar and cocoa powder. If you want to learn to do it at home here is the recipe: chocolate icing for cupcakes.
How to decorate cupcakes with buttercream
Buttercream is another type of decoration for cupcakes. The recipe is the same the icing but without the chocolate. You can decorate your cupcakes in white with this icing, or in different colours by dying with food colouring. Here we share how to do this without sugar: sugar-free buttercream recipe.
How to decorate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Cream cheese frosting is similar to buttercream but adding cream cheese and by using less butter. This way you get a much lighter cover and mouldable so to decorate your cupcakes.
How to decorate cupcakes with royal icing
Royal icing is the type of icing that turns solid after drying. It is perfect for making intricate decorations such as flowers, as it gives a perfect, smooth finish, and doesn't get ruined when touched. To make royal icing you will have to beat egg whites with icing sugar. This mixture hardens a lot when in contact with the air so we recommend you use it to cover cupcakes which are very moist, as this topping is dry.
How to decorate cupcakes with vegans vegetarian glazings
It is becoming quite fashionable to decorate cupcakes with 100% vegetable ingredients, i.e. without using eggs, butter and milk. To do this you have to go to speciality stores where they sell margarines and vegetable milks. This technique to decorate cupcakes is ideal for those who have an intolerance to certain ingredients.
Types of nozzles for cupcakes
You can apply all these cupcakes coverings by use of a pastry bag with different nozzle sizes and make flowers, borders, leaves, lines, letters and countless shapes. Take a look at our article on the different piping nozzles for more information.
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