How to Pipe a Poinsettia

The classic Christmas Poinsettia may be piped in white, pink or red. It's one of the more shallow flowers piped in the lily nail. Don't push foil more than halfway into the cup.
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Step 1

Line 1-5/8 in. lily nail with foil, pressing no more than halfway into the cup. Tint a small portion royal icing yellow; tint remaining icing petal color. Fit decorating bag with leaf decorating tip 352 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency petal color icing. Fit second decorating bag with round decorating tip 2 and fill 1/4 full or less with medium consistency yellow icing.

Step 2

Hold the decorating bag with petal icing at a 45° angle at 3:00 (9:00 for left-handed decorators) with the tip in the center of the nail lightly touching the foil at the center, the points of the tip lined up vertically. Squeeze with firm pressure, pulling petal up to the edge of foil cup; decrease pressure as you reach the edge of the nail. Stop pressure and pull tip away, drawing petal to a point.

Step 3
Step 3

Turn nail 1/3 of a rotation and pipe another petal the same as the first one. The 2 petals will form a V.

Step 4
Step 4

Turn nail 1/3 of a rotation and pipe a third petal the same as the previous 2, forming a Y.

Step 5
Step 5

Repeat to pipe 3 more petals between the open spaces of the first 3 petals.

Step 6
Step 6

Pipe 6 shorter leaf-shaped petals on top of and between the larger ones.

Step 7
Step 7

For center, hold decorating bag with yellow icing at a 90° angle to the flower center inside the flower nail. Pipe a cluster of tip 2 dots in the center.

Hints: Poinsettias can also be made flat by piping the flower petals on a regular Flower Nail.

If desired, sprinkle with Sparkling Sugar immediately after piping the yellow dots.

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Royal Icing (medium consistency)

Icing color

Icing color ((Petal Color and Golden Yellow for flower center)



Tip: 352 (Leaf Decorating Tip for practice)


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Lily Nail Set ((use 1-5/8 in., 2nd largest, nail for practice))


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Tip: 2 (Round Decorating Tip for practice)


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3 in. aluminum foil squares

3 in. aluminum foil squares (or Candy Foil Wrappers)

Disposable Decorating Bags

Disposable Decorating Bags

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How to Pipe a Poinsettia is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from these poinsettias are quite easy to make. I ususally don't use the lily nail set and just do it on the regular nail. It is a little flatter but they go faster and dry quicker. If you don't have a lot of time, you can do them on the flat nail head faster and they will also dry enough to be able to be used within two days. These make cupcakes or Christmas cakes look beautiful. Best of luck!
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did my first wedding cake with red poinsettias showered down the side. Made the poinsettias with royal icing instead of regular. Added red Cake Sparkles on some and clear on others to make them shimmer. The bride loved the cake!! And since the flowers were made with the royal icing, I had extras and turned out wonderful since the cake topper was forgotten!! We just used poinsettias!!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this flower!! Because I have been a florist for going on 30 years, I really like when a flower looks REAL! I added smaller petals to the center of my blossom, then a touch of leaf green to the center of each, then finished with yellow #2 dots ( slightly flattened ) . If you look at a true poinsettia blossom, this is very close to the real thing. Very good looking!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can make these directly on a cake/cupcake, without the lilly nail, using stiff buttercream icing. Just make your first layer of petals not join in the middle, then fill in the center with the top layer of petals. Gorgeous!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter loved this poinsetta. We attended the poinsetta flower class and this was her favorite. We share Wilton supplies and have attended all classes. We did not use the lilly nail set. We just used the cups that came with the fondant class. This poinsetta set up fine. We then put poinsettas in egg carton to set.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I found that making poinsettias were fairly easy. They looked like the real thing. I followed the instructions provided by Wilton except I used the dark red color, gold centers and dark green leaves, which I think looked even better. The Christmas cake turned out nice. Thanks Wilton.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the Poinsettia's using royal icing in red, white and pink about 3 days in advance and used them to decorated cupcakes for a holiday party and they were a really big hit. I did break a couple of the flowers when I removed them from the foil so I would make extra to compensate.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter and I learned this technique in a Wilton class, and we fell in love with these flowers! We made them in white, pink, and red and everyone raved about the beautiful Christmas cake we made. So pretty!
Date published: 2010-11-30
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