I wasn’t planning on doing a tutorial, but had a few requests so figured why not.

But… the tutorial is actually on a cupcake.

I hope this will be enough information for you wonderful bakers to translate it into any application that works best for you!

Now.  For the very in depth and grueling tutorial.

Or not.

You can successfully create a lilac design is five easy steps.


(a cupcake or cake)


An optional step… you can see on my original cake that I didn’t do that.


I also used a #101 and #102.  I found them all to be about the same in this context.



And thats it!  A Lilac Cupcake.  Easy huh?


I made three different purples, and then decorated a cupcake using each color.

That got a bit boring so I made multi-colored cupcakes as well.


Still a little bored.

What else can we do?


Now these are fun! (and to be honest, sooooo much easier!)

I made all of these cupcakes the exact same way as I did the lilac cupcakes.  Or should I say, the technique is the same.

The difference between the two versions is simply pressure.  I made a bigger dollop for the cupcake on the right and a smaller dollop for the cupcake on the left.

I don’t know, but I have a feeling that is what those tips were supposed to do.  But since I am not a trained baker and I just make up stuff as I go along, I cant say for sure.

I bet you guys know… what exactly is a #101, #102, #103, and #104 piping tip for?


Now that I have shared my lack of technical intelligence with you all and am horribly ashamed, I might have to just go to my happy place.


Which is of course, anywhere I can find large quantities of cake and frosting.

Just sayin.


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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. Wow, so cute! Even your “blank canvas” cupcakes are gorgeous. Would you mind telling us which recipe you used for baking them? Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. Oh, Amanda — thanks for another beautiful decorating idea and tutorial! I really like the multi-hued ones. I may have said this in another post at some point, but because of your comment about not having formal training, I’ll say it again. One of the many reasons I appreciate your blog is the fact that you are just YOU! You aren’t pretentious, you laugh at yourself, and you’re so down to earth. You try new things and are kind enough to pass your successes to the rest of us. I’ve decorated cakes for many years without formal training. Trial and Error are wonderful teachers!
    I’m looking forward to trying this design on my next cupcakes — maybe red, white, & blue mums for 4th of July?

  3. Love your simple designs that look hard. You are very inspiring and entertaining. Great ideas, colors..and tutorial verbage. Love all that you say and all that you post!

  4. Thank you for this! I never know which tips to use, and I don’t make the time to just “play” with them to figure it out! I really should do that more often.

    thanks Amanda!

  5. I love them.. I am having trouble w getting purple tones buttercream.. any suggestions? Thank you…

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