How to Pipe a Shell


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.
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Hold bag at 45° angle with tip slightly above the surface.

Step 2

Squeeze hard, letting icing fan out generously as it forces the tip up.

Step 3

Gradually relax pressure as you lower tip. Pull the bag toward you until tip reaches the surface.

Step 4

Relax pressure and pull tip along the surface to form a point.

Step 5

To make a shell border, start your next shell so that the fanned end just covers the tail of the preceding shell to form a chain.

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Buttercream icing ((medium consistency))

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