Buttercream Rainbow Swirl Cupcakes – Piping Tip Techniques

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As you will probably know by now I love piping cupcakes, and it has been a while since I created a piping tips techniques video, so as I have 4 new styles I thought I would create piping techniques #4.

So to be honest there are only 3 new piping techniques, but I thought I would combine this video with how I pipe rainbow swirls with 4 different colours of buttercream and my favourite swirl is actually one that featured in the original piping tips video. This was the rosette swirl, but it looks so pretty with the pastel rainbow colours that I just had to include it to show you the effect.

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For the four cupcakes I use the 2D closed star tip for the rosette which I finished off with these pretty sprinkles.

The 1F to create the domed ruffle effect in the front right. I absolutely love how this ones looks as the different colours are all mixed together in delicate swirls.

For the wave effect swirl I used the 857 piping tip. The key to this one is to keep the swirl low as it uses alot of buttercream, and by moving the piping back and forth from left to right as you pipe you get these pretty waves instead of the swirl being pulled with straight edges. Plus I absolutely love how this one looks from the top. In the photo below you can see it creates a hexagon shape on the outer edge, which just adds a different effect to a normal swirl. This cupcake would be perfect in blue tones for a mermaid theme party.

For the final cupcake I used an open circle tip with a 1cm diameter. I used this tip to create a dome on the top of my cupcake. This allowed for all 4 colours to come out in a pin wheel effect.

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Combined with the pastel rainbow buttercream it is hard to pick my favourite as they all look so pretty and each one created such a different effect. I would love to hear from you which is your favourite?

How to make rainbow buttercream – cling film method

At the start of this video I also show you how I seperate my buttercream and apply them to cling film / plastic wrap to allow for an even spread of colour through all the swirls. By using this method it allowed for the buttercream to be alot neater as it can sometime get a little messy if you are trying to add the 4 colours of buttercream directly to the bag itself.

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I really hope you enjoy this video and find it useful if you are trying to pipe your own cupcakes. If you want to see more of my piping tips videos then don’t forget to check out my tutorial section and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more cake related video tutorials. Also I would love to hear what you think, if you have any comments or questions please just let me know.

Tools I used

Below is a list of the tools I used to make the bauble cake that you might find useful:
2D piping tip: http://amzn.to/2xqSpQN
1F piping tip: https://amzn.to/2Myx1A8
Open Circle piping tip: https://amzn.to/2KzBgKU
Piping bags I use: http://amzn.to/2xqeDlM

Why not save this tutorial for later and pin it to Pinterest

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Thank you for reading!

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  1. Hi Lynsey,
    Your tutorials are absolutely wonderful and so very helpful! i was just wondering, how many cupcakes is your “the perfect buttercream” recipe able to frost?
    Thanks so much xx

    1. Hi Santana, I usually use this recipe for when I pipe 12 cupcakes, but some piping tips do require more or less buttercream so it really depends on the style of cupcake you are piping x

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