8 Ways to Decorate with Tip 83


Looking for some fun and unique ways to decorate your cupcakes? Try creating some fun designs using specialty decorating tip 83. Commonly used to pipe little “X” shapes, this decorating tip can also be used to pipe everything from shells to zig-zags. Up your cupcake decorating game with these eight fun and clever ways to use decorating tip 83!
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Step 1

Bake cupcakes. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool in white cupcake liners.

Step 2

Tint icing. Divide icing equally into three bowls. *Combine Kelly Green, Royal Blue and Teal icing colors to get light, medium and dark teal colors shown. Tint light, medium and dark teal using color combinations provided. Prepare three decorating bags with tip 83. Fill separately with light, medium and dark teal icing.

Step 3

One day in advance, bake cookies. Prepare cookie dough following recipe instructions. Using circle cutter, cut out cookies. Bake and cool.

Step 4

Decorate cupcakes.

  • Shell Cupcake: Using medium teal icing, pipe shells, starting in center and spiraling out towards edge of cupcake.
  • Reverse Shell Cupcake: Using dark teal icing, pipe reverse shells, alternating direction, around outer edge of cupcake. Using medium teal icing, pipe elongated shells in spaces between reverse shells. Using light teal icing, pipe dots in center.
  • Rosette Cupcake: Using dark teal icing, pipe rosettes and dots, alternating sizes.
  • Fleur de Lis Cupcake: Using light teal icing, pipe Fleur de Lis blooms around edge of cupcake. Using medium teal icing, pipe elongated shells in spaces between Fleur de Lis blooms. Using dark teal icing, pipe dot in center.
  • Zig-Zag Cupcake: Using dark teal icing, pipe zig-zag line, forming triangle shape, on 1/3 of cupcake. Following the shape of the triangle, use light and medium teal icing to pipe lines to fill in rest of cupcake.
  • Dots and Shells Cupcake: Using dark teal icing, pipe dots down center of cupcake. Using light teal icing, pipe alternating shells on either side of center line. Using dark teal icing, pipe dots on side of each line of shells. Using medium teal icing, pipe c-motion line on side of each line of dots.
  • Artsy Shell Cupcake: Using medium teal icing, pipe four shells in center of cupcake, with tail-ends pointing towards center. Pipe four more shells between first four. Using dark teal icing, pipe second row of shells in between first row. Using light teal icing, pipe third row of shells in between second row, starting near edge and moving towards center. Using medium teal icing, pipe fourth row of shells in between third row, with tail-ends pointing towards outer edge. Using dark green icing, fill in remaining space with dots.
  • Cornelli Lace Cupcake: Using light teal icing, pipe cornelli lace to cover cupcake.
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The rosette has the tight, swirling look of a rose, but is achieved in one continuous rotation, rather than with wrapped layers of petals. Single rosettes are also used as candleholders on top of a cupcake.

The cactus is a must-have for western themed cakes, and it couldn?t be easier. Elongated shells come together, topped by pull-out needles. We used tip 199 for great texture.

The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.

Reverse shells look spectacular as top and bottom borders and as framed areas on your cake.

This is a great technique to use as waves on water or for beach scene cakes! For water, use blue colored icing, or try a two-tone look using blue and white icing in the same bag.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

The random lacy design of this free-form technique depends on the continuous curving lines that do not overlap or touch. Can be used in a small design area or on an entire cake surface. Good for wedding, anniversary and other formal event cakes, but lends itself to more casual themes, as well.

An iconic decorative symbol representing European royal coat of arms. The swirled shells of Fleur de Lis represent a stylized lily.

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