How to make swirled frosting

January 2, 2012  ·  Posted under party food & recipes, rainbow

How to make swirled frosting

Here’s a fun way to trick out your cupcakes in colors to match your party theme: swirled frosting! The crafty duo Chica and Jo developed an easy technique to make multicolored icing – it’s perfect for a rainbow party, or you could use fewer colors to suit a simpler color palette. Pretty snazzy, and it still leaves room for cupcake toppers and other fun decorations, too!

How to make swirled frosting

Here’s all you need: white decorator’s icing (here’s Chica and Jo’s decorator’s icing recipe), a disposable icing bag, a decorating tip and coupler, a drinking glass, a small paint brush, and paste food coloring.

How to make swirled frosting

The technique is super-simple but I promised Chica and Jo I wouldn’t give away all their secrets. ; ) Click on over to Chica and Jo for the full tutorial on how to make rainbow swirl frosting!

Re-posted with permission from Chica and Jo. Thanks ladies!

Chickabug rainbow theme paper goods & printables

Shop for personalized rainbow theme party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more rainbow theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 9:57 pm
    Leslie says:
    I've seen this tip before, but have never seen it used so perfectly. Great photos...I can't wait to see the full info!
  2. 2
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    the Sweetest Memory says:
    Love this idea! I recently did a rainbow cake for my daughter's Art Party. This would have been perfect. I will have to try it out soon.
  3. 3
    Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    Lain says:
    LOVE IT! I did it and worked perfectly :)
    • 3.1
      Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 9:13 am
      Heather says:
      WooHOO! That's great to hear! : )
  4. 4
    Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 2:41 am
    Hannah says:
    I love this idea its so cool but i don't know where to get paste food colouring in New Zealand do u no?
    • 4.1
      Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
      Heather says:
      I'm sorry Hannah, I have NO idea! Ordering online would probably be your best bet.
    • 4.2
      Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 3:58 pm
      Nanz says:
      Hannah You can get gel colouring at Spotlight. Also, can you use this tip to make a two tone rose flower with a wilton star 2D ??
      • 4.2.1
        Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 11:44 am
        Heather says:
        Hi Nanz! I'm not sure if this tip would be appropriate for that but you should check with original tutorial here. The gang at Chica and Jo are the real experts! : )
  5. 5
    Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 10:59 am
    Cindy says:
    This is beautiful. Will try this the next time I need cupcakes.
    • 5.1
      Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Cindy! I'm glad you like it. Let me know how it goes! : )