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. Your cupcakes here are so pretty! I absolutely love that you come up with these flowers all on your own without any training at all. You are so creative!
    I’ve taken two of the three Wilton cake decorating classes available at the Michael’s craft store where I live. There we were taught how to make roses with a tip 104 like in this video: but we also used tip 104 and 103 to make the petals for violets, apple blossoms, and primroses. They all use pretty much the same technique, shown here:
    Hopefully that helps… I didn’t do a whole lot of digging around on youtube so there may be better videos out there… It took me a while in class to get the technique right. But once you get the hang of it, you can make so so many cute flowers =)

  2. I love your blog…I always learn new things and I am a Wilton Instructor. I cant wait to try this out…thanks for sharing…we can all learn from each other. I love learning from my students. Keep up the great work!

  3. Ohhh thats so sweet. It would look awesome when you have the lilac cake AND lilac cuppies on a table.. mhmmmm…wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial, Amanda. Love it! 🙂

  4. Nothing wrong with being self taught! Especially when you’ve got so much innate talent.

  5. Brilliant!!! you KNOW how much I love this post don’t you! {wink}
    I can’t wait to make some now!
    Thanks Amanda, you ROCK my icing world!

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