Buttercream Piping Techniques,  Cake Decorating

How To Pipe Buttercream Hydrangea Cupcakes

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Last Updated on 16th June 2022 by Vicki

Hi everyone, in today’s post I’m sharing how to pipe these pretty buttercream hydrangea cupcakes in two tone colours. I made these for my mother-in-law’s birthday and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Although, to be honest, I couldn’t decide whether I preferred them with or without the leaves! The jury’s still out on that one! 😂 But I do love the pretty two tone effect! As always, there’s a list at the bottom of the page detailing everything I use in this tutorial.

Colouring The Buttercream

To make these particular cupcakes, I coloured my buttercream blue with PME Ocean Blue food colouring paste. I kept some uncoloured buttercream aside for the middle of the flowers. For the leaves, I coloured the buttercream green with PME Pea Green food colouring paste. You just need to add a little bit of the food colouring paste at a time, as it’s highly concentrated. I use a cocktail stick to add tiny amounts to my buttercream. I then use a spatula to work it through until I reach my desired colour, adding more if needed. Be careful! You can always add more, but you can’t take away.

Buttercream Hydrangea Video Tutorial

In the video tutorial below, I show you the whole process of how I piped these cupcakes. This is from how to add the buttercream to the icing bag so you can achieve the two tone effect, through to piping the hydrangeas and leaves. After the video, I’ve also included more information about the piping tip I used and a step by step written tutorial with images too.

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2D Piping Tip

Okay, so the piping tip that I use to pipe my hydrangeas is my faithful 2D. I just love this tip! It’s super versatile and allows you to create beautifully piped cupcakes without much effort. If you are new to piping, I highly recommend that you get a 2D piping tip. I actually have a few so I can decorate with different colours at the same time. Below is a photo and a link, if you would like to take a closer look.

Buttercream Hydrangea Piping Tutorial

Piping buttercream onto a cupcake

I start on the outer edge of the cupcake. Apply pressure to the bag so the buttercream starts to come out.

Piping buttercream onto a cupcake

Keep applying pressure until the flower is the size you want it to be.

Twist the bag slightly as you release pressure and pull away.

Piping buttercream onto a cupcake

Pipe the next hydrangea close to the first one.

Piping buttercream onto a cupcake

Keep piping all the way around the edge of the cupcake.

Piping buttercream onto a cupcake

Pipe in the middle of the cupcake.

Piping buttercream onto a cupcake

You can now fill in any areas where you can still see the cupcake. You can also pipe more hydrangeas on the top if you wanted to make the flowers appear fuller.

Cake Craft TV

If you’re interested in learning more buttercream piping techniques and cake decorating tutorials, they have lots to offer on Cake Craft TV. I’ve recently become a member and it’s amazing! If you love everything cake design and decorating, then it will feel like Christmas! Below are a couple examples of the buttercream classes that they have. Click here to find out more.

Floral Cascade Buttercream Wedding Cake
Basket Of Buttercream Flowers

Items Used To Pipe My Buttercream Hydrangea Cupcakes

I really hope that you found this tutorial useful. Below is a list of all the items that I used to make them. Some include affiliate links, where I earn a small commission if you purchase via my links. This is at absolutely no extra cost to you and I only list items that I use myself and often can’t live without! Thanks so much for your support.

If you have any thoughts or questions about this tutorial, please put them in the comments section below. Also, if you make your own hydrangea cupcakes, I would love to see them! You can tag me on any of my socials @acakeonlife. Don’t forget to follow me to be kept updated of my next free tutorial!

I will leave you now to check out the list below. Until next time….happy cake decorating.

Pin To Pinterest

If you liked this tutorial, why not save it for later? Hover or tap on the image below and hit the Pin It button! All tutorials are always added to Pinterest, which you can follow here.

Four buttercream hydrangea cupcakes

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