When I first started making cupcakes which was many years ago, I would just use the small spatula that I had to frost them or the back of a spoon.
But now since I have researched and want my cupcakes to look pleasing to the eye, I went out and purchased a piping set and I love it. Its fairly easy to do, I watched a video on line and in no time I was piping my cupcakes.
All cupcakes that I make do not have frosting piped on the top, I do a creamy frosting which cant be piped so you have to glaze that on, and it looks really nice.
You can also use a small ice cream scoop to give your cupcakes a
fun effect, my kids like how these look.
All my frosting is homemade and I am amazed at how many different types of frosting you can make, a lot of my frosting recipes are something I just put together to see if it would taste good with that cupcake. To my amazement 98% of the frosting that I made they paired nice together.
Frosting that I make:
Maple Syrup Cream Cheese (goes great w/my french toast cupcake)
Orange Cream Cheese (which takes like orange sherbert)
Granola Butter Cream Cheese
Peach Cream Cheese
and the list keeps going and going
I use only fresh, natural ingredients when I am adding to my frosting. No food color, things like that, you can make white turn red by adding fruit to your frosting, it is time consuming but it's worth it, because the frosting has a fresh taste, and its HEALTHY.