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      Cupcake Decorating Tips

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      Tips for cupcake decorating:


      1. Gather a few basic
      supplies. You'll need some quart size freezer bags or purchased icing
      decorator bags, some icing decorating tips, and frosting. Other items
      that come in handy include food coloring, sanding sugar or decorator sugar,
      candies or non-perils, and perhaps a rolling pin if you are working with
      fondant or chewable candies that you'll be shaping into decorations.


      2. To achieve the traditional
      cupcake topped with a pretty frosting swirl, place an extra-large star tip
      (such as a Wilton 1M decorator tip) in your decorator bag (or freezer
      bag). Squeeze the bag with steady, firm pressure, and pipe frosting in a
      circle, starting from the outside and work your way into the center, filling
      the center if any gap remains. End your swirl by releasing pressure and
      pulling straight up. Decorate with sprinkles or sugar, or, if using white
      frosting, airbrush your creation with spray-on color.


      3. For a more cloud-like effect
      (and to achieve a similar look with fewer tools), fill a quart size freezer bag
      with the frosting of your choice. Cut a generous corner from the bag to
      create your decorator tip. Swirl frosting in a circle as described above,
      or begin in the center and squeeze and hold to make one large fluffy
      mound. Mounding works best with a whipped cream textured frosting.


      4. Consider decorating your
      cupcake upside down. Use a doily or a piece of parchment paper cut into a
      pretty shape with scissors to place your upside down cupcake on. Spoon
      chocolate ganash or other thick topping over the top of the cupcake and garnish
      with a small star of frosting on top or other decoration. Or cover your
      upside down cake with rolled fondant to create a smooth canvas for more
      decoration!


      5. For a smooth frosting look
      (no spatula marks), microwave a can of store bought frosting. Place
      frosting in a microwave-safe container and color as you like with food
      coloring. Heat the frosting in five-second increments, stirring in
      between, until the frosting reaches the consistency of lightly whipped
      cream. Dip the top of your cupcake into the melted frosting and allow the
      excess to drip off before turning it right side up. Allow frosting to dry
      to the touch and continue to decorate as you like.


      6. Chewable candies can be
      fashioned into fun decorations! Tootsie rolls, starbursts, fruit roll-ups
      and other type of candies can be rolled flat and cut into various shapes to achieve
      looks that are fun and edible!

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