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

White Rope Frosting!
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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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. 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!

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

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