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How To Frost Cupcakes Vlog

by Courtney on October 11, 2011

Alright, you guys asked and you shall receive!

Last night after dinner, I set up a little makeshift video studio in the kitchen, forced Jay to hold the camera, and finally got the chance to record a brand spankin’ new vlog on how I frost my cupcakes.

Now, before you watch, there’s a couple notes I must make:

  • I am no cupcake frosting expert, as you will notice. What you see is what you get here…there’s not much more in my frosting repertoire.
  • You’ll notice throughout the video that I refer to something as a coupling; it’s not a coupling, it’s called a coupler. Apparently I was a little out there.
  • There are also a few times where what I says will not make sense…just ignore them.
  • Be on the lookout for a Cody appearance!
  • Around minute 4, you’ll notice that the video cuts out and comes back in. That’s because all the space on my memory card was used up and we had to scrounge for another one.
  • As always, feel free to laugh at me – otherwise, what’s the point of doing a vlog, right?

You’ll also find the details on the different products that you see in the video below in this post. If I missed anything, just let me know! Happy Watching!


As Seen In The Video:

Cupcake Corer:

Pastry Bag: Wilton 12-Inch Featherweight Decorating Bag

Coupler Set: Standard Coupler

*Coupler sets are NOT required when using a pastry bag; they just make it easier if you’re switching back and forth between tips with the same bag of frosting.

Decorating Tips:

You can also check out a bunch of other Decorating Tips & Tip Sets if you want to get creative!

Where to Buy?

My favorite place to purchase all of my baking supplies is from Confectionery House (

**FYI: For the locals, Confectionery House actually has a store located in Troy, NY which is slightly cheaper (and quicker) to buy in person than it is from online.

Other sites to find these items for cheap would be Amazon and Wilton, too.

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1 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission October 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

You are the only blogger that speaks the way I imagined them to =)
I liked this video! It makes me want to go put a filling in the muffins I just baked!
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2 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

That’s too funny!


3 Lauren @ Healthy Delicious October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

My head is totally in the gutter right now, but I can only imagine the search terms you’re going to see that lead people to this video. *giggle*
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4 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm



5 Paige October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Yayyyy! I think my problem with frosting is that I don’t invest in nice frosting supplies. Ziploc bags do NOT work the same as pastry bags, I don’t care who says you can get away with it.


6 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

It definitely does come out different. I’ve found that if you’re going to use a Ziploc bag then the frosting needs to be pretty sturdy…but even still, it will look different!


7 Hope October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I’m so excited that you posted a frosting tutorial! I cannot wait to watch once I get home from work. I am so bad at frosting cupcakes. I want mine to look like yours! :)
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8 Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Oh that is the coolest tool: a cupcake corer?! Why didn’t I think of that. SO awesome. Love this–thanks girl :)
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9 Shannon @ Healthiful Balance October 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Compared to me you ARE a cupcake frosting expert! Loved your video! :)
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10 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hahaha, thanks Shannon :)


11 Faith October 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Great tutorial! I need to get myself that corer thingie!!
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12 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life October 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! I figured out that the tips I’m using are to small! Guess I’ll have to pay Michael’s a visit sometime soon!
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13 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Great tutorial – you’re so cute! That cupcake “corer” is so awesome! I’ve never even heard or thought of such a thing! You make it look so easy… We’ll see how I do!
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14 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Good luck!


15 Chelcie of Chelcie's Food Files October 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I love the idea of filling the cupcakes with extra frosting! Yumm You should open up a cupcake cake shop:)
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16 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hahaha, thanks Chelcie!


17 Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life October 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Thanks for posting this video! I’m horrible at frosting cupcakes and you gave a lot of great tips and pointers!
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18 Ericka Andersen October 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for the demo, Courtney. My bf just got me a cupcake making class for my birthday so I can’t wait. I’m such a beginner but did just buy a frosting bag and several different tips so excited to try some of the stuff you just showed us :)

Also, agree with Dawn’s comment…most bloggers NEVER sound in real life like I imagine!
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19 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Hahaha, so true! Did I sound like what you expected? ;)


20 Patty October 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for creating this video. You did a great job. I can’t wait to try frosting some cupcakes. I’ve been using frosting tips that were too small as well.


21 Lauren B. October 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Awesome! Thanks for posting this vlog. and quick question: what does coring the cupcake do? does it make it easier to frost?


22 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Not really easier to frost…it’s just in case you want to fill the cupcake with frosting or another filling :)


23 Shayla @ The Good Life October 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Great vlog and tips Courtney! And you are just too gorgeous girl…like the glasses too! :)
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24 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks, Shayla! It was a “I’m too lazy to put in contacts” kinda day ;)


25 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I don’t foresee myself decorating many cupcakes…but I still watched just to hear your voice and have flashbacks to HLS roomie time.

I think I just reached Cody creeper status.
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26 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

LOL!!! I absolutely love how you just compared yourself to my Cody. Gosh, I miss you!


27 Kim @ The Family Practice October 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Now I want to try making cupcakes again! The baking I’ve got down – its the decorating that really needs some practice. Thanks again :)
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28 Jenny October 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Loved the blog, very helpful! What is the point of coring out the center of the cupcake – does this help with the frosting? Also, does the pastry bag work for store-bought frostings as well or are those too thick?

Thanks for sharing the tips!


29 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

It doesn’t help really, it just gives you more frosting. Or you could fill it with fruit, pudding, etc.
I think store-bought frosting would work fine…buuuut I think you should try it homemade! ;)


30 Jenny October 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Thanks! I will do that – your icing just looked thinner so I was curious. And sorry I didn’t see the same question asked previously about the coring the center, but thanks for re-answering anyways!

Can’t wait to try out this, hopefully with your Apple Cider Cupcakes recipe!


31 Shari @ The Daily Dish October 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Great vlog. Thanks for the tips! :) I’ve always wondered how you did that. P.S. Don’t miss my giveaway from Nescafe.
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32 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Filling cupcakes after takig out the center with an apple corer! SMART! :) I give that an A+! :)
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33 Char October 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I seriously LOVE cupcakes, so now I really want one. Especially if I can frost them like you!! Your vlog was awesome :)
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34 Melissa October 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Awe, super cute, Courtney! Food Network star, what?!? ;)
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35 Brittany October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

This was really helpful! Now if only I could frost cupcakes and make them look as pretty as yours. I’m sure mine will not turn out like that. You should open a bakery :D
And I completely agree with Dawn about you speaking the way I imagined haha!


36 Lauren October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I was going to comment this the other day! Wierd! But thank you for the Vlog and the makeshift kitchen looks so professional ;-)

OH, and not to throw more temptation your way… But I saw you got the Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice Bagels and since I hoard those, I decided to throw something else your way. You PROBABLY already saw them on blogs, but you know that glorious swirl bread? Yeah, there’s limited edition pumpkin spice flavor. O.M.G… delicious. Especially as french toast!

I’m sorry and you’re welcome! Hah!
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37 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Love the vlog! I’ll have to look into getting some of those fancy tools so I can be a frosting maven too! ;-)
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38 Maria@La_Piattini October 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

You’re so cute! That was super informative- thanks, Courtney!
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39 Mandee October 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Great job! This post made me hungry!

I like to take the shortcut when filling my cupcakes and stick the tip right into the cake and squeeze until I can see the filling puff the cake up. That way each bite has it in it and i don’t have 24 cupcake muddles tempting me on the counter ;) hahaha!
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40 Mandee October 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Middles* autocorrect!!
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41 Courtney October 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

HAHAHA, that is SO TRUE! I must have eaten half of them..woops! ;)


42 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health October 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Courtney I love you! You are so cute in your video! And you seem exactly how I imagined you would :)….which is super sweet and nice and funny! Thanks for sharing your tips!
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43 Lindsey October 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Great video! I needed this bad! haha.
I have the same apple corer at home but never thought to use it for that ;) Good thinking!
I know now I need larger tips, mine are all smaller and I don’t think the icing looks as good as with the larger tips. I also love the stacking technique you use.
How do you fill your bag with less mess?! I always end up with icing everywhere!
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44 Sherri October 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Okay…this is completely unrelated to the cupcakes (great tutorial though!). What color gray did you use on your walls? lol I’ve been looking for just the right gray (not too blue, not too green) forever and this color looks perfect!


45 Stellina October 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

This was a GREAT VLOG!!!!! Very helpful and useful! I just bought some pastry bags and tips and can’t wait to use your insight! Thanks :)
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46 Mehr October 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I thought the same thing as Dawn. Your voice matches you perfectly and surprisingly how I assumed you would sound! You are so PRETTY! Thanks for posting the tutorial! I’m useless with frosting and cant wait to try some of the techniques!! :))


47 Pure2raw twins October 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

love video!! love frosting cupcakes, I prefer them over frosting cakes!
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48 Emily October 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

great vlog Courtney, that’s how I frost a lot of my cupcakes too! I totally need one of those apple core things :)
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49 Courtney October 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Thanks, Emily!
P.S. – we need to get together soon!!!


50 Julie October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

thanks so much for the tutorial! i’ve been getting annoyed with frosting cupcakes with just a knife, so i think i’m going to have to add those items to my Christmas list :)


51 Alysha October 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

This was so helpful! You said your frosting was a little runny, will you usually leave it in the fridge to set up a bit before you frost the cupcakes?
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52 Courtney October 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Not usually, since most of the frostings I make are stiff enough – this particular batch just happened to be a bit on the runny side, so if that happens, then yes, I probably would throw it in the fridge for a bit. Glad you found it helpful!


53 Julie June 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hi Courtney! I’m making cupcakes for my friend’s bridal shower and while the cupcakes and frosting are good, I’m a little worried about my decorating skills. This definitely helped! I have a pastry bag, coupler and variety of tips, but my biggest question is, how do you get the frosting in the pastry bag without it getting so messy?? I feel like I get frosting everywhere when I try to transfer it!


54 Courtney June 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Ahhhh, I wish I knew! Haha…
Actually, if you try placing the bag (tip down) in a glass and fill it that way, that can sometimes help with the mess. But I tend to be covered in the stuff by the time I’m finished ;)


55 Julie June 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Oh good idea! I’ll try that :) Thanks for the quick reply


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