Beginner | 1 hour
In Part 2, Stephanie introduces you to the world of decorating tips and bags. Using cupcakes as your canvas, you will learn how to bake, core and fill cupcakes, then top them off with buttercream swirls, rosettes, dots, loops, lines and more. It’s easy to take these techniques beyond the cupcake and add borders, patterns and texture to cakes as well.
 
Learn how to:
  • Correctly use a decorating bag
  • Bake, core and fill a cupcake
  • Ice a cupcake smooth
  • Do a variety of tip techniques, including:
  • 1M Swirl
  • 1M Swirl with Brush Striping and Spatula Striping
  • 1M Swirl with a Tri-color Coupler
  • Rosette
  • 2D Rosette
  • Loop
  • Line
  • Dot
  • Pulled Dot


Chapters
Mastering Buttercream - Decorating Cupcakes
00:38
Introduction to Decorating Tips and Making Cupcakes
02:22
02:43
01:07
Buttercream Decorating Tip Techniques
04:05
06:21
03:11
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Cake board
  • Practice board
  • Decorating bag
  • Couplers
  • White cupcake liner or color cups
  • Cookie scoop or measuring cup
  • Cupcake corer
  • Medium consistency buttercream (see recipe in Part 1)
  • Cupcakes
  • Pudding or pie filling
  • Spatulas
  • Tip 230
  • Tip 18
  • Tip 2D
  • Tip 1M
  • Tip 12
  • Food-safe brush
  • Tri-coupler (if using a tri-coupler, you’ll need a 16” decorating bag)
  • For Yellow Cupcakes:
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Wilton Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    The Wilton Method: Mastering Buttercream
    Part 1:
    The Wilton Method: Mastering Buttercream - Baking and Icing 101
    Wilton Instructors
    The techniques covered in Part 1 will be the foundation upon which all of your buttercream skills are built. (Literally.) Stephanie demonstrates how to prep a cake for icing by leveling and torting it, and then explains how to mix the ultimate buttercream icing with ideal color and consistency. Finally, you’ll learn how to use a decorating bag and spatula to ice a perfectly smooth cake with a decorative star border.
     
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    Part 2:
    The Wilton Method: Mastering Buttercream - Decorating Cupcakes
    Wilton Instructors
    In Part 2, Stephanie introduces you to the world of decorating tips and bags. Using cupcakes as your canvas, you will learn how to bake, core and fill cupcakes, then top them off with buttercream swirls, rosettes, dots, loops, lines and more. It’s easy to take these techniques beyond the cupcake and add borders, patterns and texture to cakes as well.
     
    Part 3:
    The Wilton Method: Mastering Buttercream - Gel Transfer Cakes
    Wilton Instructors
    In Part 3, learn how to transfer any design onto cake using the gel transfer technique. This magical effect is easier than you might think, and Stephanie walks you through all the steps, from transferring your design onto a smoothly iced cake to creating different icing textures using decorating bag tips and buttercream icing. You will also learn how to finish off your cake with writing—perfect for adding a special message or birthday wish.
     
    Part 4:
    The Wilton Method: Mastering Buttercream - Flowers and Leaves
    Wilton Instructors
    In Part 4, round out your buttercream skills by learning how to create floral designs on cupcakes and cakes. Using buttercream icing and a variety of decorating bag tips, Stephanie shows you how to make leaves and a sunflower, plus you’ll learn bonus techniques, including a brush embroidery design and a Cornelli lace pattern.