Awhile back I dabbled in this two toned cupcake craze that I'm sure you've all spotted on pinterest. It's pretty simple really and I absolutely love the effect it gives. With Valentines coming up I thought I'd try a red and white contrast. But actually when I look at the photos it reminds me more of an ice-cream and syrup topped cupcake, which I reckon wouldn't taste too bad either :)
I tried it out for some Christmas cupcakes and said I'd be back when I had the technique down. Well here I am folks and here's the technique I use...
They say a picture says a thousand words but seriously....That's it! Simple right?!
But just incase here's the breakdown...
How to make two toned buttercream?
What you need
- piping bag
- piping tip of choice
- gel food colouring of choice
- fine tipped paint brush
- Put tip in icing bag, I used my Wilton 1M tip. With an artists brush, paint two thin lines of gel food colouring on opposite sides inside the bag.
- Fill your piping bag with vanilla buttercream (recipe is below).
- Twist your piping bag at the top and push from the top of the bag to get rid of any air bubbles. You do not want to squeeze from the sides. It will smudge your colour and you could lose the clean two toned look. And that's it...ready for piping!
Recipe for Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 225g unsalted butter,softened
- 400g icing sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp full fat milk, room temperature
- In a large bowl, beat butter until extremely softened and almost fluffy.
- Add icing sugar and slowly beat working up to full speed. If you go full speed straight away you will end up with an icing sugar cloud and it goes everywhere......been there!
- Add milk and vanilla extract and beat mixture until light and fluffy.
- Scoop into your prepared icing bag and pipe!
Isn't this such a great and easy technique? I'm sure you could dabble around with all different colours. Maybe two or three different colours in the icing bag. A rainbow of colours topping your cupcakes..how fab!
I topped mine with small heart shaped iced sugar cookies. With it being Valentines around the corner it seemed only fitting :)