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How To Frost A Cupcake

How To Frost A Cupcake

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Why do you need to know how to frost a cupcake? They say that Cupcakes are an “in thing” of today, and many people are going for them over traditional whole cakes. Not only because it is a trend but because there are countless benefits to choosing this route.

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From being cost-effective and easy to prepare, to be a cool way to cater to all your guests. They will have a wide variety to choose from in comparison to a whole cake that only has one flavor.

Portray your highest level of diversity when you color-code your event with cupcakes of different flavors and unusual toppings. Cupcakes allow you to be flexible with the way you show your creativity in the frosting and decorative elements you put out. That is, if you know how to frost a cupcake.

How To Frost A Cupcake

However, it takes more than just squeezing some frosting atop your cupcakes and leaving it at that as it may not turn out as expected. There are certain tricks that come in handy to know about. Baking is one thing, but the frosting is another, and we have compiled a few tips to help you get it right the next time…

Prepping For Frosting

Many people tend to make the mistake of spreading out the frosting atop the cupcakes the moment they are out of the oven. reign in that excitement as this is wrong and will only create a disaster for you.

When your cupcakes are finished and removed from the oven, you must first let them cool before you venture to add the frosting. Bear in mind the icing is mostly fluff, and as such, the heat from the cakes will cause it to melt away.

Also, the cakes are still soft, so any load that goes on top will cause them to sink or become lopsided. In addition to those issues, cupcakes tend to fall while it is cooling, so if you frost then, it might become uneven after drying. We know that’s not what you are seeking!

Wiping Versus Spreading Cupcake Frosting

When it is safe to add the frosting, you may take it from storage and do your thing. However, for most, the question remains whether it is safer to wipe or spread your frosting on your cupcakes. We have done some research on the way many bakers do their thing and have realized the following:

How To Frost A Cupcake: Spreading

For many, they agree that spreading is more comfortable and more effective as the size and texture of the cupcake is too delicate for wiping. They believe it will result in the cakes becoming crushed or damaged in the process. Also, spreading will give more room for designs to be in place more effectively.

How To Frost A Cupcake : Wiping

Others believe wiping is much better as it allows for the one to add the frosting to the cupcake without giving it an “overcrowded” look. Wiping also requires a little extra work in order not to put pressure on the cupcakes and cause them to squeeze in.

Storing Your Frosting & Cupcakes

When you frost your cupcakes, it sits a while before it is ready to be eaten. This waiting process helps the frosting to dry and set in. Usually, when cakes are frosted, they are consumed within hours or a day the most.

But when you frost your cupcake, ensure you bear in mind what the ingredients were. Naturally, a cupcake can sit up to one or two days, but recommended that frosting that has dairy products or eggs should be refrigerated immediately when done.

This action helps to maintain the quality of the ingredients and which is proven to be healthier. Cupcakes are light, and the ingredients used are generally delicate items. Depending on where your cupcakes are stored, they may have a long life with almost the same rich taste as when baked initially.

For room temperature, it can stay for 1-2 days, in your refrigerator, up to seven days, and in a freezer, anywhere from 4-6 months.

Bear in mind: the longer you keep them in the fridge – the more they will dry out. Room temp is usually the best option.

Piping Bags

Many different tips are available for your piping bags, and this gives a wide variety of designs you can choose to use. There are no limits when it comes to how you decorate, or in what style, so careful bag loading is essential (not too much, which can cause pulp or too little, which can negatively impact the stability of the bag to pour out the frosting).

Just look at what you can do with piping tips, and how to frost a cupcake with them:

A Few Interesting Frostings You May Want To Try

There are countless amounts of frostings available to try, and, of course, they all come with flair and a touch of exquisite taste. We have compiled a few frosting recipes you can try that will bring flavor to your cupcakes and leave your friends wanting more. Here are a few you can try…

Creamy Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla

Add the butter and cream cheese in a bowl and mix until both ingredients are well blended. You then add the sugar and vanilla and continue stirring until the mixture becomes creamy to the touch. Once done, get to frosting!

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cups of softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme (13 ounces)  

In a bowl, cream butter until it has a soft and fluffy texture (an electric mixer will get it done correctly). Slowly add the almond extract and then the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Once the ingredients have blended in, add the marshmallow creme and stir in until it sits in seamlessly.

Fluffy Peanut Butter frosting

  • 3 tablespoons of milk (can add more if needed)
  • 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter

Whisk butter and peanut butter in a mixing bowl until it has a smooth, creamy texture (you may use an electronic mixer for this). Add the sugar 1/2 cups at a time, and once it starts to thicken, add the milk the spoon at a time. Once thick and spreadable in texture, whisk for another 3-5 minutes with mixer until it is fluffy. 

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