In this quick and easy tutorial, we will show you how to make buttercream camo cupcakes! These camouflage cupcake designs are so simple to make. We’ve chosen a realistic camo pattern as well as a fun pink version!
As you can see in the video tutorial, crusting buttercream can easily be smoothed with a paper towel. We prefer to use Viva brand paper towels for smoothing because they are nice and smooth with no quilting or impressions.
If you are working with a non-crusting frosting, you can still use a similar piping technique for the camo buttercream, but it will just be more textured since you will not be able to smooth over it.
We think that these came out so cute, enjoy the tutorial!
Coloring Gels: Americolor Avocado Green, Wilton Leaf Green, Chocolate Brown, Super Black (for grey & black), Chocolate Brown, and Wilton Rose. (We used Avacado for the light green, and a combination of the two greens for the darker shade.)
Viva Paper Towels or any paper towel or napkin that has no impressions
Piping Tips: Small round tips are great for piping your camo “spots”– I used Wilton 3 tips. For the base frosting, you can spiral on your frosting with a 10 or 12 tip…or just snip the end of a piping bag and go without.
**If you’ve never smoothed over crusting buttercream before, here are a couple of tips:
Wait 3-5 minutes until the frosted surface has crusted (it shouldn’t come off on your fingertip when lightly touched). Then smooth over with your paper towel.
Don’t frost a cake or cupcake that is frozen as the condensation will prevent crusting.
In the tutorial, I pipe my base light green frosting, allow to crust for a few minutes, smooth, then pipe the different shades of camo, waited a few minutes for it to crust, and then smoothed again. This process moves quickly if you are working on several at a time.
Thanks for stopping by! We hope that you’ll give these buttercream camo cupcakes a try!
More Fun Patterns with Crusting Buttercream!
Interested in experimenting with other crusting buttercream designs? This Buttercream Leopard Print Cupcake pattern uses a very similar technique! Find the free video tutorial here!: Buttercream Leopard Print Cupcakes.