29 August 2018 Last updated at 18:51

Bake Off! - Best Tips for Frosting Cupcakes

With the Great British Bake Off now back on our screens, doubtless you'll be feeling inspired to produce some amazing showstoppers of your own. The Exchange's Patisserie Valerie have been past masters at baking for over 90 years, so who better to ask for a few tips for achieving baking perfection?

The past couple of years have seen a rise in popularity for the humble cupcake, with new flavours and fancy decorations a plenty. Patisserie Valerie offers cupcakes in stores, for weddings and for special occasions which are lovingly handmade by our expert bakers. So, we headed downstairs to the bakery to get the best tips for frosting and decorating cupcakes if you're planning on giving them a go at home!

Pushpa, cupcake Queen at PV's Birmingham bakery, said "Make sure your icing is whipped to a creamy consistency, if it's too hard then it will crack and not pipe very well. In the winter, add a little spritz of water when whipping your icing, it will get it to a better moisture and make sprinkles stick better."

She went on to add "Make sure you're piping each cupcake from the same level and angle for a consistent look."

Another of PV's bakers, Cat added, "When piping with a fluted nozzle if you go from the outside in then you can get a nice rose pattern on top of your cupcake"

Cat went on to talk about the best nozzles to use when piping cupcakes "Use the larger or jumbo size nozzles to get a good finish. You can use different nozzles to get a different pattern on top, the most common is the 'star' or 'fluted' nozzle, but you can also use a plain circular nozzle too."

Susina also gave her top tip for decorating "When adding sprinkles to a cupcake, make sure you do it from a slight height - it will give a more even distribution."

Sophie's best tip is "When making your cupcakes, before baking, make sure you fill your mixture almost to the top of the cupcake case. This will create a nice dome on your cupcake which will give a nicer finish when piping your icing on to the top."

Patisserie Valerie
8 The Exchange

Tel:  0115 9584094


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