Decorating tips are an essential part of decorating cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more. With so many tips to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, especially when it comes to picking the perfect tip for your project. If you’re just starting out, choosing tips that offer the most versatility is ideal.
Below, you’ll find an overview of a few such tips that work for a variety of different decorating projects, and are great for everyone from novices to experts to everyone in-between.
Tip 1M is a deep open star tip. It can do many of the same designs as its smaller cousins only in a grander size. One example of this is the rose rosette on the cookie. Since the size is much larger, one simple rosette covers the entire surface of the cookie quick and easy.
Another use of this tip is as a quick swirl design for cupcakes. The larger opening allows for a quicker covering of the surface and a beautiful finish on the cupcake.
The star tips are by far some of our most versatile tips. The star tip family ranges in sizes as small as a tip 13 to as large as tip 8B. Tips 16, 18, 21 and 32 are the most common.
They can be used in making a large variety of borders actually covering an entire cake. Piping borders is by far one of the most important functions of this family of tips. As most decorators know, a border does much more than cover the edges of the cake. Many times the borders alone can be the focal point of the cake and frame as well. Some of the more common types of borders are the shell, the rope border and the rosette border.
A fast and easy way to cover a cake is to outline your cake with a round tip and then fill it in using one of the star tips. There’s no need to even ice the cake below. The stars will fill in and cover the surface of the cake. Another technique is to use the star theme by filling-in a medallion and outlining with flourished star scrolls.
At first glance Tip 233 may seem to have one purpose….as a grass or hair tip. And you would be right. However, there are many other ways this tip can be useful. Due to its many openings in a circular fashion with just a series of quick squeezes you can pipe a fringe on a blanket, or make a fuzzy dog or cat.
You can also use Tip 233 to create a garland or a wreath.
With a little experimenting you can use this tip to pipe an elaborate looking e-motion border or with very little pressure even give your design the look of embroidery.
Tip 134: This tip falls in the same category as the above mentioned tip as it has multiple openings. However, unlike tip 233 which has it openings in a circular fashion, tip 134 openings are lined up in a row. Tip 134 with its five openings make a perfect musical staff on a cake for a music lover. It can also be used to make a quick and easy row of perfectly lined dots for an embroidery ribbon effect or can be used around the bottom of the cake to make a border of five lines of evenly spaced beads.
Now that you know a little bit more about the uses for Star Tips and Tips 1M, 233 and 134, you’re ready to take on new decorating challenges. Whether you want to create beautiful rosettes or experiment with ribbons or piping, these essential, easy-to-use tips will help you create beautiful sweet treats every time.