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four ways to frost a cupcake with an open star tip

Today I am sharing four easy and beautiful ways to frost a cupcake using any open star tip.

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I am a huge huge fan of the open star tip.  I use it on 90% of my cake designs and 99.9% of my cupcakes.

Today I thought I would show you four really easy techniques to decorate a cupcake.  There are, of course, unlimited possibilities as to how you can use an open star tip.  I could probably do three more posts just like this one!  But for now I will just stick to the basics.

For these cupcakes I recommend a great white cake recipe as well as an amazing chocolate buttercream recipe!

The first is the Rosette technique

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1.  Apply slight pressure  and make a dollop in the center (without releasing pressure).

2.  Still applying pressure, slowly move tip out from center and start to circle around center dollop.

3. Make sure tip remains at a 90 degree angle.

4. Complete one circle around the center and then release pressure.

Variation:  Applying extra pressure will create a little “ruffle” along the edges of the rosette.  You can see that here.

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As you can imagine, this technique looks wonderful in pale pinks, yellows, and whites.  Or covering an entire cake! (Rose Cake)

The next technique is what a call “fluff” frosting

It’s a billowy cloud of buttercream deliciousness!

Four Easy Ways to Frost a Cupcakes with an Open Star Tip! #chocolate #buttercream #cupcakedecorating

 

 

1.  Start by applying pressure to the frosting bag in the center of the cupcake.  Tip should be straight up and down.

2.  Apply more pressure and raise tip just slighty.

3. Let frosting spill out and fill in by using pressure only, do not move tip around. (If you can see in the images above, my tip barely moves throughout the whole process.)

4. Release pressure and lift tip straight up.

Variation: Use two-tones of color in frosting.

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By far one of my favorite ways to decorate a cupcake, but be warned that it is a lot of frosting.

The next is a mini flower technique

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1. Start at outter edge of cupcake and hold bag at 90 degree angle.  Apply slight pressure to frosting bag.

2. Moving tip upward quickly, release pressure on the bag.

3. Repeat that same motion around the entire cupcake, then place mini flower dollop in the middle.

Variation: Twist bag as you are applying pressure.

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I especially love this technique with cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cupcake.  I am not sure why. ;)

The last technique is what I call the “tall ruffle”

This is my go-to method when I am making cupcakes for events.  People never fail to oohh and aahh!

Four Easy Ways to Frost a Cupcakes with an Open Star Tip! #chocolate #buttercream #cupcakedecorating

1.  Apply slight pressure  and make a dollop in the center (without releasing pressure).

2.  Still applying pressure, slowly move tip out from center and start to circle around center dollop.

3. Make one complete rotation around the center then start around again, only making your circle slightly smaller while you are moving up.

4. Move tip around in one final small rotation (three tiers in all) , then quickly move tip up while releasing pressure on the bag.

Variation: Apply extra pressure to create a bit of a “ruffle” on the edges of the frosting.

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I like this specific method because you can make a “clean” version and a really really ruffly (thats totally a word) version.  See here! And on a cake here!

 

So what is my favorite?

I think this one!

Four Easy Ways to Frost a Cupcakes with an Open Star Tip! #chocolate #buttercream #cupcakedecorating

 

Which of the four is your favorite?

Four Easy Ways to Frost a Cupcakes with an Open Star Tip! #chocolate #buttercream #cupcakedecorating

 

I share many of these techniques  (as well as others!) in my new book surprise-inside cakes.  Every cake has a fun and creative frosting technique with detailed step by step instructions on how you can achieve it!  You can get a copy of surprise-inside cakes here!

 

Comments

  1. says

    Beautiful cupcakes, photos and tutorial! I love them all! Thanks so much for sharing and yes, please ~ more. :) You are so talented and I must get your book.

    xo
    Pat

  2. says

    I like your ruffled squiggly technique a lot. I’ve seen other tutorials saying to wiggle the tip back and forth just left to right and not clockwise and counterclockwise, so I’ll have to try still and wiggling to see which gives the best result. I did want to point out, however, that the tip in the photos as well as the tip you linked to another commenter appear to be closed and not open star tips. Perhaps you could change the title or at least text of the post to reflect that or others may be confused? I think that’s why someone asked if it was 1M since 1M is essentially the open star version of the closed star 2D that you recommend as I understand it. Cheers!

    • says

      Hi Xiaolu! I have so many 1M tips; and half of them are open, the other half are not. (I think Wilton has changed things up over the years.) However, since I no longer care to use Wilton products, I will be keeping the title as “open star” as it achieves similar, if not the same, results and encompasses all brands and styles. These techniques are really meant to be used with all tips similar to 1M and 2D. (I actually just did testing on this yesterday for a new blog post!!) Cheers back to you! :)

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