Learn how to use royal icing for cupcakes and baked goods with this simple tutorial! It’s easy to do and tasty too!
Easy Cupcake Decorating
Today I want to show you one of my favorite ways to decorate my cupcakes after they’re all frosted and looking sweet! This method will trick people into thinking you got these cupcakes from a fancy bakery, but it can be our little secret just how simple they are!
The thing I love most about using royal icing for cupcakes is how versatile this method is! You can create any shape in any color, and match any celebration or special occasion. This recipe is simple and affordable, and it tastes waaaay better than the waxy garnishes you buy at the store! (You can even use this same method to make your own sprinkles!)
Here’s how to do it –
- Design template – if you’re good at free-handing, you won’t need this. You can make your own templates on the computer, or download the template I made at the end of this post.
- Wax paper
- Piping bags – I used sandwich baggies and cut the corner for my frosting tips.
- Piping tips – I used Wilton tip #4 for these designs.
- Toothpicks, optional
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Powdered sugar
- Corn syrup
- Vanilla – you can use almond extract, lemon extract, or another favorite flavoring if you’d like!
- Food coloring – I like the vibrant colors of gel food coloring, but any kind will work.
How to Use Royal Icing for Cupcake Garnishes
Mix – You’ll start by mixing one cup of powdered sugar in a large bowl with the corn syrup, vanilla, and one and a half tablespoons of water.
Get It Smooth – Beat until smooth, adding more water as needed. Once it’s smooth, add the remaining half of a cup of powdered sugar and then mix again until smooth.
Split – Divide the batch into separate bowls for each color you’ll be using. Next, you’ll add in the desired amount of food coloring to each bowl and mix well.
Get Ready To Pipe – Transfer to piping bags or sandwich baggies. This royal icing is a little bit on the thicker side, so I put the sandwich baggies inside a cup to help keep the bag sturdy while trying to fill it with frosting.
Create – Place a piece of wax paper over the template and pipe the frosting right on top of the wax paper.
Tip – You can use a toothpick to spread the icing around and to pop any air bubbles.
Dry – Let your icing designs dry overnight, or for about twelve hours.
Decorate – Remove your designs from the wax paper and add them to frosted cupcakes. You can store all extras in an airtight container until ready to use, up to one year.
These little garnishes are edible and adorable.
Printable Cupcake Garnishes
Easy Cupcake Recipes
- Easiest Lemon Cupcakes
- Key Lime Cupcakes
- Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
Here’s a printable recipe card for your convenience –
Royal Icing Cupcake Garnishe Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- food coloring
- Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl with corn syrup, vanilla, and 1.5 tbsp of water. Beat until smooth, adding more water as needed. Once smooth, add the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- Divide the batch into separate bowls for each color you’ll be using, then add your desired amount of food coloring to each bowl and mix well. Transfer frosting to piping bags.
- Place a piece of wax paper over the template and pipe the frosting right on top of the wax paper.
- You can use a toothpick to spread the icing around and to pop any air bubbles.
- Let this dry overnight.
- Remove your designs from the wax paper and add them to frosted cupcakes. You can store all extras in an airtight container until ready to use, up to one year.
Now you’re ready to take your cupcakes to the next level!