I love all the beautiful swirly cupcakes I've been seeing on blogs. I've been trying to create that swirly top myself, with little success, until recently. I went and bought a bunch of open star tips that I thought were big enough to make that swirl, but no. Finally, at a craft store, I picked up Wilton's Cupcake Decorating Kit and there is a 1M tip inside- large enough to make those delicious swirls!! The 1M tip is the secret. Ok, to a lot of you, it probably wasn't a secret, but it sure was to me. Included in the kit is also a special tip used for making filled cupcakes. Last week when we did those corn-cob cupcakes, I used the leftover frosting to ice some cupcakes and practice my swirl. I used Magnolia's Buttercream recipe, which is very basic, but creamy, delicious and perfect for piping. I know I probably need more practice (darn!) but I was so proud of my first swirly cupcakes. My hubby tried his hand at a few too, and did quite a good job! Here is a little how-to using the 1M tip. I've included a few pics for you to peruse. Just a few.