recipe

From simple to deluxe, here are five decorating techniques to make your cupcakes wow-worthy.

Smooth Cupcakes

Smooth Cupcakes
safety
  • None
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 45 minutes
yield
  • 12 cupcakes

Prepare Ingredients

2 cups
vanilla frosting or chocolate frosting
12
cupcakes, baked and cooled
½ cup
sprinkles, chopped nuts, or crushed candy

Gather Equipment

1-tablespoon measuring spoon
Small icing spatula
Small plate
1
 
2 cups
vanilla frosting or chocolate frosting
12
cupcakes, baked and cooled

Mound 2 tablespoons frosting in center of cupcake, forming a thick layer. Use small icing spatula to spread frosting to edge of cupcake to create flat top. Keep frosting off paper liners.) Then use spatula to smooth frosting so it is flush with edges of cupcake. Smooth edge of frosting so it is straight up and down. Flatten top again as necessary. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

 
2
 
½ cup
sprinkles, chopped nuts, or crushed candy

To decorate sides of frosted cupcake: Place sprinkles, chopped nuts, or crushed candy on small plate. Holding cupcake at its base, gently roll outer edge of frosting in topping. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.