How to Ice Cupcakes | Tesco Food

I’m going to show you a few techniques on how to make perfectly decorated fairy cakes we all know cupcakes but we’re going to bring back the good old British fairy cake so what I’m going to show you is four different techniques using butter cream icing and some rolled out fondant icing if you’re going to fill a piping bag all you need to do is put the piping bag with the nozzle into a jug and then you can open up the piping bag and you can fill it quite easily because your hands will be free so with your hand at the bottom using it to direct the piping back and a hand at the top is doing the pressure to squeeze the icing out of the bag so you want to make sure the icing goes right up to the edge of the case and make sure, as much as possible that the icing bag is vertical so with even pressure slowly just move the icing bag around the edge you’ve got plenty of time so don’t rush it and then go over the top half and when you finished, ease off on the
pressure and just pull the bag up and you should get a lovely little peak like that so you end up with a perfect little fairy cake so that’s the first technique the second one I’m going to use a chocolate icing, this is the same butter cream icing all I’ve done is added in some cocoa powder so taking another fairy cake what I’m going to do is a rosette pattern so again keeping the piping bag quite upright and again using this lower hand to direct the bag and again the upper
hand to squeeze so what you want to do is push down and then ease off the pressure and pull
away and just keep doing that around the fairy cake move it slightly with your hand rather than moving the piping bag and then pull away as you do it and become more practiced it becomes easier and easier and again just keep rotating round you can do a double layer if you wanted to but I am just gong to do a single layer and what we’re going to do it finish off the middle bit is just do a big rosette in the middle so squeeze a bit harder and then pull away and you end up with a really cute little different idea to the swirl then for the third technique using butter cream icing take another fairy cake I’ve just got some pink icing that I’ve made using red colouring just add as much as you want to your desired colour then get the little palette knife and you want to use the case to help you spread on the actual icing itself so you just move that around, I might put a little bit more on there, good to be a little bit generous and again move the case around not your palette knife so you do that this is when you rotate the case in your hand and then use the palette knife just to smooth it off a little bit like so and to cover it all and then at the end you can just go back over it until you are happy so there you go, we’ve got three different ideas
using butter cream icing the fourth technique is to use ready-made
icing that you just roll out between two pieces of cling wrap like I’ve done here put the icing on top and then put another piece of cling wrap on top of that and then what you do is you roll it out to your desired thickness and then it saves any mess on the work surface so I’ve chosen to use black and yellow, bit of a
bumblebee theme and what you want to do is take the fairy cake you want to decorate I’m going to use some cutters, I’ve got some round ones and some star ones you just want to make sure you get a
cutter the right size to fit just inside the
case itself so i think I’m going to do a black disc first of all this is great, you can get kids to help you get them to roll it out, they can use the cutters et cetera and you can help them to put it on top now you don’t need to have anything to
stick it on there so position it on like that and then this is where you can have lots of
fun you can use maybe the star cutter with the yellow and again we can just position that on the top like so and you can see how simple it is to make
a really striking design straight away I’m just going to finish mine off with a little round black circle so there’s a whole host of ideas you can do the ones I’ve done with butter cream icing you can use any toppings we’ve got little chocolate sprinkles here,
some coloured balls, mini marshmallows I think I’m going to put a few chocolate sprinkles on there just to jazz that up a bit and maybe some pink and white little
marshmallows on top of there might just put them in the center but again have as much fun as you like, kids love dipping into this and sprinkling them over you see, mess everywhere, that’s what we love and there you’ve got some pretty little ideas you’ve even got some sweets here that you can buy and you can pop those on as well so over here we’ve just got a little selection of what we’ve done, and there you go, as easy as that!

9 thoughts on “How to Ice Cupcakes | Tesco Food

  1. Hi Naija,

    We've added some links to the video description to help you find the ingredients and utensils that we hope you find useful.

  2. Hi Sherie,

    Try this, adapted from the Pretty Vanilla Cupcake recipe at

    125g (4oz) unsalted butter, very soft
    150g (3½oz) icing sugar, sifted

    For the icing, beat the butter until it's soft and pale, then beat in the icing sugar a few tablespoons at a time until you have a soft buttercream.

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