One thing that I have learned in my quest for the perfect cupcake is that a perfect cupcake needs to come with a perfect icing. I like my icing piled on high and LOTS of it. I have always eaten my cupcakes as sandwiches. I tear off the top, turn it over and eat it that way. (If you are following what I'm throwing down.)
I was always disappointed that my frosting didn't have enough substance to it and was hard to pipe and stay in form. Did you all (and I'm sure you did) know of the magical powers of Cream of Tarter? I don't know where it's been all my life. Maybe if I read more about baking I would have figured it out! I added that to my cupcakes and Tada! Perfect peaks. It helps to stabilize the frosting, which is a good thing when you are using buttercreme frosting IMHO.
I still have some work to do on HOW the frosting looks, but it's getting better. I'd "almost" take these to a party. I need to get some different tips for my pastry bags. This one was the biggest tip they had at the store and still not what I need.
Seriously. I could eat an entire bowl of buttercreme frosting. Cupcakes are are dangerous.