Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Fastest, Easiest Way to Frost a Cupcake

Yummy Cupcake!
So easy...a domestically inept person could do it!  Well after many years of trying (and failing), I've finally stumbled across a great way to frost cupcakes.  Come on moms, we've all been there.  Its 11:00pm and you have to have about 2 dozen cupcakes ready for your kid's class tomorrow.  Well, no more late nights frosting!  No need for spatulas....all you need is a piping bag (a really big one) and a HUGE tip.  Below is a picture of an 18 inch canvas piping bag and a large star-shaped pastry tip, #826. 
18 inch canvas piping bag & #826 tip
 To give you an idea of how big this tip is compared to the usually sized tips, check out this picture below:

An Ateco #826 v. a Wilton #21 tip

All you have to do is put the tip in the piping bag, fill it with frosting, make a few swirls on top of the cupcake and you are done!  You can frost dozens of cupcakes in no time!  Below is one of the best recipes I've found for homemade buttercream frosting.  Better yet you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it for a few days before you need it.

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions:

  • Cream together the butter, shortening and vanilla using an electric mixer on medium speed
  • Turning the mixer speed down to low, slowly add the powdered sugar
  • Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated, add the milk
  • If desired, add coloring
The above recipe will frost about a dozen cupcakes using the piping method describe above. 

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