I've always admired the swirly tops of the cupcakes you can buy at the bakery. They always look so pretty. And even though I am a chinobilly through and through pretty cupcakes speak to me. They do! And once I get something fixed in my mind I can't seem to let it go. (It's just a confirmation of the borderline OCD result I got on a Facebook Personality Quiz I took the other day.) Well that firstborn trait reared its ugly head and I was on a mission to learn how to make the swirly tops. A phone call to my mom led me back to my recipe box (which I've had since I was 14) to find the Easy Butter Cream Recipe. It also led to my very sweet husband making a dreaded trip into a Michaels craft store to get a 1M start tip during his trip to town. On the eve of the Princess Party I got the kids off to sleep and began Mission Swirly Top in my kitchen. Ladies I'm telling you it was so easy I don't know why I haven't tried it sooner. I'll tell you how to do it and advise you NOT to wait until 9:00 at night on a very HOT July evening to do this because you will have so much fun you will want to make more cupcakes and more icing just to practice your swirly top technique and then you will stay up 'til 11:00 at night on the EVE of THE Princess Party. And I do not want to be held responsible for your puffy eyes on the day of your little princesses birthday party.
Consider yourself warned.
1) Bake and cool your princesses favorite cupcake.
2) Prepare the easy butter cream icing recipe below and tint with your princesses favorite color.
3) Using the 1M star tip
you should have purchased yourself pipe delicious buttercream swirls on top of cupcakes. Hold the bag and tip at a 90° angle to surface of your cupcake. Pipe a spiral of icing, beginning at the outer edge and working inward. And for extra "purtyness" and extra sugar pipe a second spiral on top.
4) Sprinkle with your princesses favorite sprinkles and there you have it:
A swirly top cupcake fit for a princess!