How to frost a cupcake - Video Tutorial

With so many amazing cupcakes out there how do you grasp so many techniques to make sure your delicious treats are as beautiful as they are tasty?  We found this video on how to frost a cupcake from Howcast and thought you might enjoy it.

How to Frost a cupcake video

View 5 Cupcake Icing Techniques on Howcast













There are SO many Icing Tips and technique choices it can be a bit overwhelming, but the more adept you are with the basic tips, the more daring you can be with the more intricate designs out there.

From star tips to rose petals to the very popular dollop of frosting sitting atop a delicious cupcake, you can master the art of frosting a cupcake in no time.

One of the best ways to teach yourself how to frost a cupcake is to practice on parchment or wax paper - that way you aren't sacrificing one of your hard earned cupcakes in the process.


At The Smart Baker we are a fan of really sturdy butter cream and our favorite recipe can be found here.


Basic Butter Cream (from Martha Stewart Living)

  • 6 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Combine Butter and 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, beat for 2-3 minutes, add vanilla and then add the remaining confectioners' sugar a cup at a time.  


When deciding what tip or technique to use, think of the theme and mood of the event you are utilizing your cupcakes for.  

Kids Party? Star tip with sprinkles!  

Bridal Shower? Rose tip with glitter.  

Ladies Luncheon? Simple dollop of frosting in a beautiful color!


Happy Baking Everyone!

Whatever you choose to bake, your friends and family will appreciate the love and effort you put into it!