Piping Tips 101 + Video
And here’s another baking basics post! This one will be lots of deeee-licious fun.
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I felt extremely inspired the past month. After looking at all of your beautiful April Baking Challenge photos and creations, I really wanted to explore frosting decoration further with you. But first, a quick and very honest backstory. I’ve never felt super talented at cake and cupcake decorating because it’s extremely intimidating. Do you feel the same way? Bored with my usual swirl and knife-swiped frosting looks, I began playing around with different piping tips. As I started using new tips, my confidence shot up. And, as it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised with how EASY it was/is to create beautifully decorated confections.
6 months ago, I would have laughed if someone asked me to create a plate of cupcakes like this:
But I just threw myself into it and had FUN! And you can too. These piping tips aren’t scary. It just takes a little practice, some visual guidance, and a really dependable frosting recipe. I have all of that here for you today, including a quick video for you to see how it’s all done. I get many questions about this weekly, so I’m glad we can finally tackle it– together!
Let’s begin with my favorite piping tips. I gravitate towards the following 5. Each creates a completely different look, so that’s why it’s a wonderful collection to start with. And these babies won’t break the bank– they’re super inexpensive.
One note: I like to create TWO looks with the wilton 1M. That’s the tip we all used for our two-toned frosting roses last month, but it’s also the tip I use to create soft-serve looking swirls. Just like you see here. 🙂
Watch as I use each piping tip so you know how to do it:
Not so hard, right? Some are a simple swirl and others are starting in the center and gently pulling straight up. Let’s look at a photo of each finished look– in the order they appeared in the video above.
1. Wilton 1M – rose. Start in the center and just pipe a flat swirl.
2. Wilton 1M – tall swirl (looks like soft serve ice cream!). Start in the center and move slowly around, building a tall swirl on top of itself.
3. Wilton 8B – this one is my new favorite. Start in the center and swirl upward.
5. Wilton 12 small round tip – my usual (see here, here, here, here, and here). This is the best tip, in my experience, for salted caramel frosting and cream cheese frosting. Just press the tip in the center and lift up while pushing frosting out.
6. Ateco 808 large round – looks like a fluffy cloud! Start in the center and swirl upward.
You’ll also need piping bags. You can use disposable piping bags or reusable– whichever you prefer. I have both and don’t really have a preference. The reusable ones are really easy to clean. Remember to watch this video (from the April Baking Challenge recipe) for how I fill the bags. The tall cup trick really helps!
And, of course, here is my favorite vanilla buttercream you can use.
Now go pipe some frosting LIKE A BOSS! ♥ ♥
SHOP THE PIPING TIPS
Here are the piping tips I used in today’s post and video:
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