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Everyone loves cupcakes! Learn how to decorate them for all kinds of special occasions -- a child's birthday party, a baby shower, Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, even a wedding. Pastry chef Christine Yen of Butter Lane Cupcakes also teaches you piping techniques and how to make cupcakes that look like dogs, butterflies and flowers.
I'm going to show you how to make Valentine's Day cupcakes. Now, the whole point of Valentine's Day is to send a message to the person that you love and that's exactly what we're going to do with our cupcakes. So, we're going to have three pastry bags; two shades of pink, both with small star tips; and one black buttercream with a small round tip. This is really simple and really romantic and really fun. So, with the first cupcake, I'm going to do a zigzag motion, back and forth. Just hover over the cupcake itself. Don't leave any gaps in between. With our second cupcake, I'm going to use our second pink. And alternate colors. Just a nice smooth zigzag motion covering the entire cupcake. And we'll just go back to our first color, doing the same exact thing. I like to do the zigzag pattern instead of the classic swirl just because it adds a little more variation and it's a lot of fun. Now that my three cupcakes are done, I'm going to write a little message with our black pastry bag. So, just hover over the cupcake a bit, don't touch the icing that you just piped. And then, smooth lines, you're going to write your message. So, you can add more cupcakes and write whatever message you want. And that's how you make Valentine's Day cupcakes.