- food coloring
- a tub of decorator frosting
- your preferred cake mix or recipe
1. Ahead of time, pick up food coloring (see colors below) and a tub of decorator frosting at your local craft store. You can make decorator frosting from scratch, but mine never turns out or sets up as well as the store-bought version.
2. If you’re interested in really trying your hand at cake decorating, consider picking up a simple set of tools at your local craft store. I use a set like this, but a set like this works just as well.
3. Bake your cupcakes using your preferred mix or recipe.
4. While your cupcakes cool, mix your colored decorator frostings. How much you need depends on how many cupcakes you’re decorating; when I make six dozen cupcakes I color decorator frosting in the amounts below. (The challenge is that in order to get the colors right you need to tint a little more frosting than you’ll actually use…you may end up with leftovers, but having extra is better than not having enough.)
a. White (untinted)~ 1 cup
b. Black ~ 1 cup
c. Orange ~ ½ cup
d. Yellow ~ ¼ cup
e. Green ~ ¼ cup
f. Red ~ ¼ cup
5. After the cupcakes cool completely, frost them with store-bought or homemade white, tinted orange, or tinted brown/chocolate frosting.
6. Add your colored decorator frostings to your zip lock bags, frosting dispenser, or frosting bags. If you’re using zip lock bags, trim off one corner of the bags – just a little at a time – until the desired amount of frosting comes out of the bag when you squeeze it. If you’re using tools, attach a #2 or #3 tip.
7. Do your best to follow the pictures. As you can see if you compare the original instructions to my cupcakes, I don’t follow the instructions exactly. I change what I do a little each year, both in terms of what the cupcakes look like and which cupcakes I actually make.