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Posted: Tuesday July 19, 2011 1:56 PM
Information courtesy of Sugarcraft.com: http://www.sugarcraft.com/
Wilton and Ateco are manufacturers of cake decorating products. MOST Wilton and Ateco tips and couplers are interchangeable, but not all. [Ateco calls their tips “tubes”. Ateco does not have a slit in their standard couplers.] Sugarcraft.com has online versions of the manufacturer's charts:
(Note: The “standard tubes” at the bottom of the chart above are made by Ateco)
You may order the Wilton chart: “Decorating Tip Poster”, #909-192, for $6.99
(Note: You need to click on each “page” and you will get a full-size picture)
You may order a copy of the 20 page Ateco booklet, “Cake Decorating Reference Manual by Ateco”, #14936-000486, from Sugarcraft.com for $4 + shipping.
Ateco does make a unique set of “ruffle” tips that produce lovely buttercream ruffles. Sugarcraft sells a Ruffle Tube Set, #384, $3.69, that contains #030, #040, #070 and a single plastic coupler.
Quote from the Sugarcraft site:
Many imported tips (and even some Wilton ones), have a smaller opening on the end which doesn't allow the tip to fit standard couplers. (tip is too small around). Any undersized tip can be used with or without a coupler this way:
Choose a regular tip w/round opening larger than the tip you want to use. Place the smaller tip in the larger rounded tip and secure with coupler. If you want to use this tip without a coupler, use a parchment bag. Be sure to make the cone smaller by overlapping the bag more than usual. Tear off the end and drop the tip in.
Quote from mmumsie:
“The tips made in England are a completely different story. They have the same numbers, but the tip looks entirely different."