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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Submitted by: Anya Shiela Richards

Cupcake decorating is fun and easy once you get familiar with the basics. One of the biggest advantages of making cupcakes versus making a whole cake is that you can have much more fun with these bite-size morsels by getting creative with your frosting ideas.

Before you do, you should know some basics about frosting and other edible cupcake toppers. The best way to learn is through experience, trial and error are the greatest teachers when it comes to baking and decorating cupcakes.

Frosting is the most popular choice when decorating cakes and cupcakes. There are different types of frosting: buttercream, whipped cream, royal icing, cooked frostings, ganaches and glazes. It is important that you know the difference before you start decorating.

Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting is made by blending together butter, powdered sugar, liquid, and other flavoring. The powder sugar helps stabilize the mixture and easily dissolves during the beating process. It is favored because of ease in making, and because the more you beat this mixture, the creamier and fluffier your results are.

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Cooked Frosting

Cooked frosting varies but seven-minute cooked frosting is the most commonly used. The main ingredients in cooked frosting are egg whites and sugar. A double boiler is used to gently heat the mixture to at least 140 degrees. A beater is required for this type of frosting. Unfortunately, these frostings are tenuous and will absorb into the cupcake if they arent eaten within the first 24 hours.

Whipped Cream Frosting

Whipped cream frosting also utilizes powdered sugar but whipped cream is substituted for butter. Again, the powdered sugar assists in stabilizing the mixture but, in this case the frosting can be overbeaten. Only beat the mixture until peaks appear and be sure that when you remove the beater, pull it straight out of the frosting mixture. A downside to this frosting is that it must be refrigerated.

Royal Icing Frosting

Royal icing is most commonly used frosting for cake, cookie, and cupcake decorating. Its easy to make with powdered sugar, egg whites, and other basic ingredients. This frosting is easy to make at home and to color with food coloring so you can get more inventive with your decorating ideas.


Ganache is really just a complex term that means melted chocolate mixed with heavy cream. This frosting not only tastes delicious but looks divine as a slick glaze on your cupcake. You can also use ganache to make truffles by beating it until its stiff and fluffy and rolling it into small balls.


Glazes are the most simple and easy frosting. Combining powdered sugar and water, milk, or cream creates a thin mixture. Glazes are most often used to pour or drizzle as a topping. Once hardened, the glaze forms a hard shiny crust. Melted chocolate creates the same effect when used as a glaze.

Now that you know the different types of frosting, remember that there are also even more to choose from. Fondant is a type of frosting that hardens when its cooled and offers a smooth surface cupcake or to cut decorations from. Marzipan is similar but has a texture similar to clay. Use marzipan to make delicious 3D edible designs. Gum paste is very similar in texture to marzipan but becomes brittle when it hardens. Decide what you want your decoration to look like and then choose the type of frosting that would best suite your needs.

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