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How to Make a Spiderweb or Starburst Cupcake Design

Learn how to make a spiderweb or starburst design on your cupcakes from cake decorator Liz Sutton in this Howcast food video.


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 and more specifically a cupcake decorator. You can come visit us at our storefront, it's at 1 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts, and you can also visit our website at And today I'm going to be talking to you about cupcake decorating. So I'm going to be showing you how to create a spiderweb on top of a cupcake. Pretty popular thing, you see it in a lot of bakeries and you can also do it for nay kind of occasion. Usually I just start with plain Italian vanilla marine. You want to fill your piping bag. I'm using a round tip, because as you are going to see, you are going to want your frostings to be flat. So fill your bag about half way and flip it inside. So the first step to creating a really good spiderweb is to just keep your frosting flat. So, you know, a puff of frosting. And then I have a plastic bag filled with melted chocolate and you want to cut a small tip on the edge. First thing you want to do is to create one circle. Don't worry if it's not perfect. Create another circle outside that one, and then if you want, one last circle. So you going to take a toothpick and a napkin, starting from the middle, just take your toothpick and press down on the chocolate and pull out. And if you want you can do one more circle in the middle. You get a nice spiderweb.

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