The rose swirl looks complicated but the trick to it is the decorating tip you use. The tip does it all for you, all you do is pipe from the inside out and voila! Pretty (and impressive) cupcake! Looks good with zero effort, I like that!
Usually you would use a 1M or 2D (that's very similar to 1M) tip to pipe this little beauty. I haven't tried it with any other large star tips but you can experiment (and let me know what happens).
How to pipe a rose swirl
What you need:
Piping bag fitted with a 1M or 2D
Start on the inside of the cupcake with your piping bag at a 90 degree angle.
Squeeze piping bag while gradually moving anti-clockwise around the cupcake, making sure that this is one continuous squeeze so the icing is not broken and using the same amount of pressure through the whole movement.
Keep the swirl nice and tight, almost overlapping as you pipe.
Once you reach the outside of the cupcake stop squeezing and remove piping bag from cupcake.
You are now left with a little indent where you finished the piping, this will no-doubt be only noticeable to you (you'll see it on every cupcake now that I've mentioned it) but if you want to fix it you can gently dot it with you finger so it is not as noticeable or attach a cute little fondant flower or heart or anything in the seam.
There you have it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I have used this method to show off piping skills in the past, people think there is some kind of secret, tricky, manoeuvre to it but in reality the tip is doing all the work! It is so versatile, I've used it for Rosewater Pistachio cupcakes (even though they were a big fat failure), as well as farewell cupcakes and even covered a cake using this technique!
If you give this a go I would LOVE to see photos! Nothing makes me happier than when you guys show me the cakes and cupcakes you've made -honestly! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message on Facebook.
Next week is the final (for now) in this basic cupcake decorating series. I'll be showing you how to pipe a poop. Oops, did I just write that?! Gross. Sorry. I'll be showing you how to pipe a "blob"...a blob that looks like a poop. You could say I'm teaching you how to poop on a cupcake! If anyone is still reading my blog after my awesome toilet humour I will see you next week, same time same place, have a lovely week ya'll!