Easy cupcake decorating techniques including topping them with piped frosting swirls, forming frosting rosettes with a star-tipped piping tip, and topping cupcakes with fondant cutouts. These techniques form the basis of a huge variety of cupcake designs.
Piping tips create intricate frosting designs with minimal effort. For example, swirling buttercream frosting through a large, plain piping tip creates a coiled topping reminiscent of a soft-serve ice cream cone. Star-shaped tips are also useful for swirling and dabbing frosting on top of cupcakes.
Cut fondant is another easy cupcake decorating option. Pressing cookie cutters into a sheet of rolled fondant creates precise shapes that may be used alone or in combination.