Monday, March 26, 2012

How to Frost a Cupcake

Here is an easy tutorial for frosting a cupcake using a 1M tip and cream cheese icing.


Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Icing

Cupcake Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. 

 And now,  how not to frost a cupcake.
I left Matt the last cupcake to ice. He went with the "use as much icing as possible" technique.
Happy Monday, friends!


  1. Ooh Matt! So cute. If I gave Joe a bag of icing none would end up on the cupcake. He would make pretty little swirls in his mouth. Happy Monday friend!!

  2. You are too stinkin' cute missy! I am making some baked goods for a fundraiser early in April, and may have to steal this recipe :)

  3. I totally needed this tutorial! They look fantastic!

  4. Yours definitely looks better! I love red velvet with cream cheese frosting - yum!

  5. You are too cute! And loooooove me some red velvet... it is my favorite!

  6. These look delish! I made cupcakes last night for a baby shower! YUM! xoxo A-

  7. The cupcakes look soo good! Thanks for the tutorial:)

  8. Awww Charlie was the cutest little student there at the end! I am going to have to try your method, beucase mine turn out like Matt's and then I get pissed off and go buy them at Harris Teeter. :)

  9. I think Matt's icing kind of looks like a face with a dollop of extra icing for the nose. They both looked good enough to eat :)

  10. I think Matt's icing kind of looks like a face with a dollop of extra icing for the nose. They both looked good enough to eat :)

  11. Yum Mc Yum. I would like to eat some (or all) of those cupcakes. I will definitely try your method next time. Love your blog!

  12. What a great post! I love learning new ways to frost cupcakes. xo

  13. These are pretty perfect!!!! I need a cupcake.

  14. Too cute! I'm glad that Matt and I are on the same page... because if I tried that, it would have been a twinks to your hubs! :) Super cute girly and I'll take all the tips and tricks I can get when it comes to baking!

  15. You are so cute! I love the video -- and Charlie's debut. You're a natural cooking TV star -- Food Network.. watch out!

    I guess I'll have to start putting the icing on my cupcakes instead of spooning it straight into my mouth. Hmm...

  16. HAHA! Aren't you the cutest!?! I love that your hubs is behind the camera. Too funny!


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