How to make a Multi-Color Buttercream Icing Swirl

July 2nd, 2013 by Beth Veltman

Creating  a multi-color icing swirl might be easier than you think. It makes a statement or color scheme pop, and takes just a few extra minutes. Honest.

Patriotic Swirl Cupcakes

Divide your buttercream icing into 3 parts and color each part as you wish. I’m using a patriot theme for this week’s Fourth of July celebration, but this is also a great way to use ombre colors.

For 3 colors, you will need 4 decorating bags. I am using Wilton’s 12″ disposable decorating bags. Snip 1 inch off the tip of 1 bag and drop a 1M tip into it. Set that one aside.

Snip 1/2 inch off the other 3 bags and fill each with 1/2 cup of icing – 1 color per bag. Set the bags on top of each other and align the tops of each bag. Holding all 3 bags at once, drop them evenly into the bag with the 1M tip. Apply a bit of pressure evenly around the top of the bag to start the flow or icing and eliminate air bubbles.

Patriotic Decorating Icing Bags

Apply even pressure and ice your cupcakes in a swirl or rosette pattern. The colors will mix slightly and swirl together – so pretty! This method is also great for doing multiple flavors in 1 bag (like Neapolitan – strawberry, chocolate, vanilla).

Patriotic Swirl Cupcakes

You can also try different looks with different tips. A Round 1A tip creates a smooth surface and showcases the colors. A Large Drop Flower tip creates multi-colored flowers or an Open Star Tip creates texture. Also fun is the grass technique using Tip 233 – with multiple colors it looks like confetti!

Patriotic Cupcake Display

However you choose to do it – have fun playing with icing!

Please visit our website for more patriotic treat ideas.

Beth Veltman Beth Veltman is a Demand Planner for Wilton’s Forecasting team. She attended the Illinois Institute of Art & the College of DuPage where she earned two degrees in Retail Merchandising & Marketing, and Fashion Design. Outside of work, Beth enjoys family time with her son Garrett, crafting or sewing, and baking. After taking the Wilton Method classes, Beth developed a passion for creating delicious and gorgeous cupcakes – challenging herself to experiment with flavors and decorating mediums!

26 Replies

  1. Penny Serwe says:

    This is about what I do but it is alot easier then the tubs of 2 colors of frosting that just does not work.

  2. dawn rice says:

    i love this idea! i was thinking of putting all 3 colors in one bag…so thanks for sharing this!! i wanted to do this exact thing for my 4th of July cupcakes this year!!

  3. Rhonda J. says:

    I can’t wait to try this. So much easier and less messy than the ‘old’ way. Thanks

  4. Christy says:

    I like to do this by layering colors on saran wrap and then rolling it up and putting it in the bag. Looks neat if you use colors that would blend together to make another color, like the red and blue mixing to make purple. 🙂

  5. Marget says:

    its wonderful will try soon. thanks

  6. Peggy says:

    I have always striped my bags and the colors run together….this is a great alternative. Thanks!!

  7. Elaine says:

    This sounds brilliant. Others that I have heard about you need to buy special bags and icing nozzles.

    • Leslei says:

      There is many ways to do the striping like this. It is up to you to figure out which you like the best, I, myself like the ATECO duel Color Decorating Bag Inserts, google it and find lots of suppliers, and check out youtube for pointers and different ways to master the fun you will have…

  8. GALIDINK says:

    I tried this its so much of a mess, and duz not work like you think it would ,

  9. sylvia says:

    ATECO has a Two-Color Decorating Bag Inserts. Available
    at Sur Le Table online. The kit is inexpensive and you can
    buy bags separately. Much easier to handle one bag with
    2 compartments than several bags in your hand. I’m surprised
    Wilton did not think of this idea first.

  10. khalidah says:

    Do you put all the bags into one bag and keep them in there or do you just put the icing in the one bag?

  11. Christine Tickle says:

    What a fantastic idea, I used two colours yesterday and ended up eventually looking okish, but what a mess I made.

  12. Karen Kearney says:

    I tried this with two colors and it came out wonderful. But I found out I would have to make more icing beause I ran out. But I do have a question what is the trick on getting the tips (not with a tip on) into the big tip to frost?

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  14. Amanda says:

    I really like this. But how would I do it for a cake not cupcakes . Or just put white icing over the whole cake and make red and blue swirls. Help please!!! Making cake today for the fourth.

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  17. Brandy says:

    Pictures! I was needing pictures, but they do not come up.

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Brandy,
      I’m sorry about that – we recently changed up our website and it looks like past images did not pull through correctly. We will look into this and correct as soon as we are able.
      Thanks, Desiree

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