How to Pipe “Rope” Frosting

filed under: Decorating on September 24, 2015

A quick and easy tutorial on how to pipe a “rope” onto cupcakes.

White Rope Frosting!

A day after I posted this I ended up impaling my hand with a garden stake and was unable to hold a piping bag (or cupcake for that matter!). Everyone has been very kind and patient and I really, really appreciate that.

White Rope Frosting!

To do this technique I use a #172 tip. This tip has lots of “teeth”, which creates a lot of texture in the “rope” design. You can use virtually any tip that also has lots of “teeth”.

An important thing to remember… this cupcake has a front and a back. Meaning… there is no way to do this technique without a little “tail” or ending spot. It is much easier to do this method on a cake where you can easily tuck the final ending bit under, but on a cupcake it is not as easy.

Here is a video on how I did it:

I start with a little dollop of frosting. I just found this to end up neater than when I did not do it. Feel free to experiment and see which way you prefer! (This is only for cupcakes, no need to do this on a cake.) I then turn the cupcake and start piping circles around it.

You can either end the frosting going in a upward motion (like on the video) or you can try and tuck it under. Either way there will be a “back” to your cupcake.

I used this Buttercream Recipe and this Elegant White Cupcake recipe.


This is one of the cupcakes from the video I did today.

I know this is short and sweet, but I did not want to wait one more day in sharing the technique with you! If there are any questions please do let me know.

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  • teri says:

    You are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    No freaking way. I was looking at the pictures trying to figure it out before watching the video. Definitely didn’t expect it to be that easy!

  • Patricia Stephens says:

    This looks so yummy. Thanks so much for the video.


  • Coco in the Kitchen says:

    This is just so pretty. I really need to get over my fear of piping and get to frosting.

  • Glynis says:

    Absolutely beautiful ????

  • Agnes says:

    hi…do you use Ateco or Wilton tip for this?

  • Sundas says:

    I just love your recipes
    Love youuu ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Ruby Kissick says:

    My grand-daughter and I made the white cupcakes and buttercream frosting! The recipe was fabulous! Thank you!

  • Laura retyi'gazda says:

    Your one of few that make sense and make it simply, Thank you

  • Haley Cox says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the video! What kind of white liners do you use?