How to frost the perfect cupcakes


Today I’m going to show you a quick and easy way on how to frost the perfect cupcakes.

Last week I shared one of my favorite buttercream frosting and chocolate cupcake recipes and got quite a few e-mails and questions on what tips I used and how I frosted the cupcakes. So today I thought I would show you a quick and easy way to frost cupcakes using my favorite 1M tip. I learned this trick at a cake decorating class I took a few years ago and never realized just how easy it was. You just need a few simple tools to get started, then you’ll be frosting pretty cupcakes in no time!

Frosting professional looking cupcakes

Supplies needed:



1. Cut off the tip of the bag and place the frosting tip and the base of the coupler inside. Screw on the top of the coupler on the outside of the bag.

2. Fill the bag with frosting about half way and place a rubberband on top to hold the bag in place.

3. Hold the tip above the middle of the cupcake and squeeze out the icing to form a star.

4. Raise tip slightly and form a tight circle around the star.

5. After completing the first circle, move the tip back toward the center and go around to make a second circle around the inside edge of the first circle.

6. Slowly pull the tip away at the center of the cupcake.

How to frost the perfect cupcakes via #tips

There you have it… a simple and easy way to frost the perfect cupcakes! And… now I want cupcakes for breakfast. ;)

Have you tried this method? What’s your favorite way to frost cupcakes?

Here’s those yummy recipes in case you missed them:

Classic buttercream frosting -a classic!

buttercream frosting

The best chocolate cupcakes -super easy!

Best chocolate cupcake recipe from I Heart Nap Time

Here are a few of our other favorite cupcake recipes you can practice on. :)

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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26 comments on “How to frost the perfect cupcakes”

  1. Oh my goodness! I made these amazing cupcakes and equally amazing frosting for my family and friends last week for Valentine’s Day and everyone raved about how yummy they were! My frosting looked a little wonky, however, so I’ll try this technique next time. :). Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I’ve always wondered how people make them look so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for sharing this technique with us and the recipes. The cupcakes look so pretty. I am going to try this the next time I make cupcakes.

  4. I made sure to star the cupcake post for the next time I went to the store. I came home with everything I need to try these over the weekend. Now all I have to go is get my hubby to wrap his mind around sour cream in cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe and for the icing tip. I typically use the small spreader from Pampered Chef to ice with but my hubby gave me one of the icing guns for my birthday. Now I need to try this technique! :D

  5. They look great! Can’t wait to try this technique! Thanks! XO

  6. I have the Pampered Chef decorating thingy (I can’t remember what it is called). I call it my cheater method for making things look good, but I would really like to give this a try and learn how to use a decorating bag and tips. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Cant wait to join

  8. I guess I don’t have a favorite way to frost cupcakes. I usually use a butter knive. *holds head in shame* haha! I definitely need to get me some bags and tips. They look so much yummier. :)

  9. What an awesome tutorial, Jamielyn! My frosting technique has always been hit or miss, so this is very helpful. Pinning for my other frosting-impaired friends out there! ;)

  10. Can’t wait to try this!

  11. Hi! Is it to make the frosting without using a paddle attachment of a mixer?

  12. Can’t wait to try this icing technique.

  13. I love the baking tips and recipes! THANK YOU for sharing! YOU are Appreciated

  14. GREAT post, Jamielyn! I am never consistent when I frost my cupcakes, so they always look different. Thanks!

  15. De repente vemos como quedan los cupcake  y decimos no lo podemos hacer pero con las recetas y las instrucciones nos damos cuenta que sí podemos,  Gracias porque es fabuloso, me quedo horas pegada a la computadora y no me canso de ver recetas,  Gracias nuevamente. 

  16. Mary Lou Brown Reply

    Thank you for sharing that. Now I want to make cupcakes so I can practice. 

  17. Amazing creation I love it…

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