Sunday, May 29, 2011

Two-tone Icing Tutorial

Two-tone icing is something I've wanted to attempt for a while, but fear of a messy coloured cupcake stopped me.  To combat mess, I've come up with an idea outlined below! I've taken some step-by-step pictures to make it easier to understand.  The extra few steps (instead of just shoving pink and white icing freely in a piping bag) is totally worth the time.  It creates such a pretty style of icing; which really reminds me of a rose for some reason!


Ingredients for Buttercream
250g unsalted butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar, sifted
3 tsp water
+ 1 drop of desired food dye
+ 12 un-iced cupcakes


Method for Buttercream
In one bowl, place 125g of the butter.  Beat in electric mixer until butter is smooth and creamy.  Add 1 cup of the icing sugar, and beat until smooth.  Add 1 1/2 tsp of water and beat again.  Now add 1/2 cup icing sugar and beat until smooth and spreadable.  Set this plain bowl of buttercream aside.
In a separate bowl, place 125g of butter and beat in electric mixer until smooth and creamy.  Add 1 cup of icing sugar, and beat until smooth.  Add 1 1/2 tsp of water and beat again.  Now add 1/2 cup icing sugar and beat until smooth.  Add 1-2 drops of desired food dye.  Beat until combined.  Set this bowl of pink buttercream aside.

Method for Two-Tone Icing
Lay out a 30cm x 20cm rectangle piece of cling film on a bench.  Scoop all of plain buttercream onto this cling film; spreading into a sausage shape.  Roll up into a sausage shape; ensuring one end is completely closed and the opposite end is open for the icing to be squeezed out later.  Repeat this process for the pink buttercream.  You should now have 2 cling film sausage shapes filled with plain buttercream, and the other with pink buttercream (refer to picture 1 below)

Picture 1: Separate icing sausages

Now slide those two cling film icing sausages (pictured above) into 1 large piping bag.  Ensure they are placed evenly in the bag as in Picture 2 (eg. both icing sausage openings are evenly near the piping bag's nozzle).  If you adjust the height of one of the icing sausages (eg. pink buttercream higher than white buttercream) you will create a different colour ratio (eg. 80% white and 20% pink).  If they are evenly placed, you will have an even two-tone effect (eg. roughly 50% white and roughly 50% pink). 

Picture 2: Both icing sausages evenly placed in 1 large piping bag
Now squeeze icing out of piping bag in a circle motion and onto a plain cupcake.  You should now have a two-tone icing ontop of your cupcake.  Adjust the height of one of the icing sausages to experiment with different colour ratios.

Even colour ratio due to evenly placed icing sausages
Uneven colour ratio due to unevenly placed icing sausages

36 comments:

  1. That's so very pretty... two tones do make a difference to the usual singular palette. :)

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  2. I love two tone icing! Its so pretty!

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  3. Brittany that looks fantastic, I will remember this tip. Diane

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  4. Oooh, must try that out ASAP!!! Looks fab and really makes a difference to the presentation. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I've always wanted to try 2-tone frosting. You make it look easy! Thanks for the informative instructions and photos!

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  6. This is so clever and sounds easy to do, thanks for the tip.

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  7. I will have to remember this for the next cup cake contest with my friends. Thanks!

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  8. Looks so tempting.That color combination is so beautiful.

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  9. I also want to try two toned frosting one day. great tutorial!

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  10. bonne idée pour la combinaison de couleurs et une jolie présentation je t'en félicite et bravo
    à bientôt

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  11. So great! Love the idea and thanks for sharing. Please follow my blog
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  12. Thanks for the method! It's great to decorate cakes and cupcakes!

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  13. Great technique - the two tone effect is so delicate and pretty

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  14. wonderful,wonderful, look beauty Brittany I love the colours!! is my type of cake (LOL) xx gloria

    http;//canelakitchen.blogspot.com

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  15. I've always wanted to make two tone icing, thanks for the tutorial. Looks amazing!

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  16. How gorgeous - thanks for the tip Brittany!

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  17. Wow, just beautiful. Thanks for the great information.

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  18. Great tutorial! I have always wondered how to do 2 tones of frosting, now I know:D Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love the two tone frosting, and also your super cute manicure!

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  20. Wow! Definitely impressive! I've used this technique for making Viennese Orange Kisses. Great idea to use cling film .... Beautiful work, Brittany!

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  21. Wow, delightful and yummy!
    My mouth is salivating......

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  22. Merci pour le truc! C'est simple, mais il fallait y penser!

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  23. I've always loved the look of two-toned ice cream but never had any idea how to go about achieving it! Awesome how-to post!

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  24. What a fabulous idea and we even get instructions on how it is done. I've always wanted to do this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. Those cupcakes are absolutely fabulous ! I love them !
    Hélène

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  26. Merveilleux le mélange des couleurs du glaçage! Je note! Caro

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  27. good tutorial , they are pretty and so are your manicures!!

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  28. Well done you. The icing looks fantastic and very professional. I haven't managed to use a piping bag for icing with one colour never mind two.

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  29. I've always wanted to try that too. Thanks for the tip!

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  30. superbe idee j'adore! by the way i like your nails super cute ;)

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