How to Frost a Cupcake

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


Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Icing

Cupcake Ingredients

1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cups sugar

teaspoon baking soda

teaspoon salt

teaspoon cocoa powder

1/2 cups vegetable oil

cup buttermilk, room temperature

large eggs, room temperature

tablespoons red food coloring

teaspoon white distilled vinegar

teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

pound cream cheese, softened

sticks butter, softened

teaspoon vanilla extract

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. Maran (HeyHawleywood)
    March 26, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    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. Amanda
    March 26, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    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. the girl in the red shoes
    March 26, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    I totally needed this tutorial! They look fantastic!

  4. Megan {Tales of an HBS Wife}
    March 26, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Yours definitely looks better! I love red velvet with cream cheese frosting – yum!

  5. Mel (Northern Lights)
    March 26, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    So pretty! Can't wait to try this out!

  6. Dee Stephens
    March 26, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I'm so doing this for Easter~!

  7. Pamela
    March 26, 2012 / 3:13 pm


  8. Valerie Griffin
    March 26, 2012 / 3:18 pm


  9. Tamara @ T {times} Three
    March 26, 2012 / 4:28 pm

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

  10. Eloquent English
    March 26, 2012 / 4:46 pm

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

  11. Sugarr2518
    March 26, 2012 / 5:19 pm

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

  12. Jordan Streetman
    March 26, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    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. 🙂

  13. Crystal
    March 27, 2012 / 12:06 am

    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 🙂

  14. Crystal
    March 27, 2012 / 12:07 am

    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 🙂

  15. Megan@TwoDelighted
    March 27, 2012 / 4:41 pm

    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!

  16. Fashion Meets Food
    March 27, 2012 / 8:26 pm

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

  17. Val
    March 27, 2012 / 11:08 pm

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

  18. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty
    March 28, 2012 / 2:16 am

    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!

  19. Celeste
    March 28, 2012 / 3:01 am

    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…

  20. Shannon
    April 2, 2012 / 5:12 am

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

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