I have never been happy with the icing swirls I've been able to achieve on my cupcakes - they always just looked like, well, icing perched on a cake, but just not quite right. Until I discovered the secret. (Well, it might not be sooo secret, but doesn't it sound more exciting and mysterious that way?)
This is one of the cuppies I made for Brown Owls on Saturday...
Aaah - look at that swirl!
And the secret?
Wilton's 1M decorating tip.
I think the other tips I had tried were just too small, and the icing came out a bit precious or something - but my very first try with the 1M and I got exactly the big voluptuous (at the risk of sounding a bit Nigella-esque) ruffly cakeshop swirl I have been after.
I'm looking forward to having a bit of a play and perfecting my 1M swirls - so don't be surprised if things get a bit cupcakey around these parts! =)