Thursday, January 26, 2012

~ Tutorial ~ How to make Groovy Tye-Dye Cupcakes Decorating Tutorial

As seen on Valeria's 6th 'Groovy Neon Doodle Party'

I made these for Valeria's 6th B-day Party a couple of weeks ago.  The theme of the party was inspired by the 'Neon Doodle' Party supplies collection from Birthday Express.  

 To get the Tye-Dye effect I just tinted buttercream icing in 4 different colors. 
I filled my piping bag by scooping in spoons of all different colors until full and then I piped on cupcakes. 

To make Buttercream icing to frost 24 cupcakes you'll need:
8 cups (1 kilo ) of icing sugar
 (2 sticks or 250ml) of butter, softened
2/3 cup (150ml) of milk
2 teaspoons (10 ml) of vanilla extract

In a bowl beat butter until fluffy. {In low speed- so sugar doesn't blow everywhere} Beat in sugar alternately with milk, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of milk. Beat in vanilla extract.

Now divide Buttercream icing in 4 batches and color with gel food color.  {Color carefully, just a little big goes a long way - 1/8 of a teaspoon or less will do}

I used a cake mix for my cupcakes and made my own buttercream with the recipe above.
I put together the picture sequence below to show anyone who feels intimidated to use a piping bag that is not something difficult to do and you don't need to be a
baker to do this. 

  I wanted to show you how to put together a piping bag.  You need the bag, the metal tip {I used a Wilton 1M} and a large size Coupler {which is the white pieces and consist of 2 parts a ring and a base}

1. Remove ring from coupler base. Insert coupler base into the bag and push it as far as it goes.

2. Mark with your scissors the spot where you are going to cut. Just a little bit under the first screw thread.

3. Push coupler base back up just so you can cut and push down again.

4. Put metal tip on the outside and secure with coupler ring.

5. That's it. I fold my piping bag over a glass, I just find it easier to fill that way. Now just fill your piping bag with the buttercream icing.  I just filled with a little bit of each color and piped on cupcakes. 
6. To make the swirls start at the outer edge of the cupcake, work inward to the middle and up.

You can purchase all the supplies at Michaels, Walmart, Bulk Barn or any other baking supplies store. 
I hope you enjoy my tutorial and if you haven't tried before, try it out, I promise you piping is so much fun!


  1. Groovy, neon, tie-dye...boy, do those bring back '70s memories! Super-cute cupcakes and toppers for your retro theme!


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