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Daughn's Cupcake Decorating Tips

Published December 12. 2012 05:03PM

• I'm always trying new recipes, but my favorite time saver is to alter a box cake. I follow the directions on a white cake mix, but substitute 1 cup of the water with fruit purée (baby food). You can also add other flavorings such as extracts and spices. A favorite combination is a box cake with applesauce, cinnamon and mini chocolate chips.

• Fill your decorating bag by placing it in a plastic cup for support

• To add a little color, take a Popsicle stick or knife and swirl some color gel around the inside of an empty bag and then add a different color of icing. It makes a variegated look

• For cupcake decorating, use a #1 M or N tip. It will be your cupcake's best friend.

• Using the #1 M tip, start in center of cupcake and work your way around to the outside. It will look like a large rosette.

• Using a #21 tip, do a shell border around the cupcake and then fill the rest with stars, all with the #21 tip.

• Add extra powdered sugar to grocery store vanilla icing to stiffen it for decorating.

• Use a coupler in the decorating bag for extra support and to allow for changing tips.

• Load two colors in the decorating bag side-by-side to pipe a two-toned swirl on the cupcake.

• Candies and cookies make good cupcake toppers.

• Sprinkles make everything better!

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