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

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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  1. Kimm at REINVENTED posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm (#

    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. Lea @GourmetMommy posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:43 am (#

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

  3. Kim posted on February 18, 2014 at 9:18 am (#

    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. KWolff posted on February 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm (#

    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. Esther posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm (#

    I needed this. Yours turned out pretty!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm (#

      Thanks Esther! It is easier than it looks! :)

  6. Kristyn posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:41 am (#

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

  7. KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#

    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.

  8. Linda posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:31 am (#

    Cant wait to join

  9. Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:51 am (#

    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. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm (#

      No shame Melissa! I still frost cupcakes with a butter knife all the time, but I am in love with this way of frosting! It’s so beautiful. :)

      • Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm (#

        It’s probably a lot faster than using a butter knive too. At least once you got the hang of squeezing the bag just right.

  10. Samantha @ Five Heart Home posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm (#

    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! ;)

  11. Carolyn posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:54 pm (#

    Can’t wait to try this!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm (#

      Have fun with it! After a little practice, you will have perfect cupcakes every time! :)

  12. Dessa Melgar posted on March 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm (#

      Hi Dessa! You can make this with just regular beaters as well! :)

  13. juliamarie posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm (#

    Can’t wait to try this icing technique.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm (#

      It’s a lot of fun and they always turn out beautiful! Hope you enjoy it!

  14. Sadie posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:19 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm (#

      You are so welcome Sadie! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  15. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking & More posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm (#

      Thanks Lynne! The 1M frosting tip really helps me to keep my frosting even! :)

  16. melida posted on October 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm (#

    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. 

  17. Mary Lou Brown posted on March 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm (#

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

  18. Prabal Kirtika posted on April 30, 2015 at 12:52 am (#

    Amazing creation I love it…