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How to Pipe Cupcake Frosting for a Classic Swirl

Learn how to pipe frosting for a classic swirl in this Howcast food video with expert Liz Sutton.


Hi, my name is Elizabeth Sutton, and I am one of the head decorators here at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes. I really enjoy working here and being a cake decorator, more specifically, cupcake decorator. You can come visit us at our storefront, at 1 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts. And you can also visit our website at Today I'm going to be talking to you about cupcake decorating. So right now, I'm going to be teaching you how to do the basic swirl. I have already filled my piping bag and I have inserted a round tip. It doesn't matter what sized round tip you want to use. I would say the bigger the better if you are a beginner. Now the way I'm going to teach you is to teach you as if the cupcake itself is a clock, because that's the way I was taught. So here's twelve o'clock. You want to start piping with even pressure and make a swirl all the way around to eleven o'clock. When you get to eleven o'clock, go up a tier and again, pipe from twelve to eleven, and do it one more time, twelve to eleven. Still add even pressure, you want to pull up. And there you go, a classic swirl. So once you've practiced this enough times, you get pretty fast at it, and the faster you go, the more neat it comes out. So eventually, you'll be able to pipe a swirl that quickly.

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