Easy piping techniques

In the Kitchen 17/08/2018

Here are a few quick and easy ways to ice your cupcakes - show off your new skills to your friends and family!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves: 12

For the cream cheese icing


  • 50gms butter
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese 
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence 
  • 2 cups icing sugar 
  • 2-3 Tbsp of milk


Beat the butter and cream cheese together with a mixer until well combined. Mix in the vanilla and icing sugar - add in enough of the milk to create a nice fluffy icing - but make sure it's not too runny. Add desired colour at this stage too if you wish. 

Spoon into your piping bag and pipe away onto cooled cake - never a warm cake or your icing will melt!

For the buttercream icing


  • 150gm butter (room temperature) 
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp of hot water 
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla


Beat the butter and sugar until nice and smooth, pale and fluffy. Slowly add the icing sugar - about half a cup at a time - with a little of the hot water till you get a creamy icing.

Add food colour (if desired) a few drops at a time till you get the desired effect.

Transfer to a piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes - never warm as the icing will melt!

Buttercream icing will set semi-hard on the edges, so is best to pipe as soon as you have made it.