Using a piping bag fitted with a large round tip, squeeze the icing in a circular motion, toward the center of the cupcake. Alternatively, using a small palette knife, dollop a few tablespoons of icing onto the center of the cupcake. Maintain the height by angling the knife and spreading the icing in a circular motion rather than simple flattening the icing, as seen in these carrot cupcakes. If you want more texture, press sprinkles, coconut flakes, or chocolate flakes into the icing.
Photo: Nicole Perry