Three Ways to Use Star Decorating Tip 4B
Great for piping stars, ropes and shells, star tip 4B is a must-have for cake decorators. Larger than a standard decorating tip, tip 4B is best used with a larger 16 in. decorating bag and is great for adding fun texture to your cakes and cupcakes. Pipe a shell border around the top of your cake, or surround your cake with rows of ropes for a fun design that’s perfect for any occasion.
Bake cake. Prepare cake mix following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Level, fill and stack for 4 in. high cake.
Tint icing. Using Lemon Yellow, Orange and Teal icing colors, tint icing is follows: Yellow and Teal Cake: 3½ cups yellow, 1 cup teal Teal and Orange Cake: 3½ cups teal, 2 cups orange Orange and Yellow Cake: 4½ cups orange, 1½ cups yellow
Decorate cakes. Decorate desired cake as follows:
Yellow and Teal Cake: Using spatula and yellow icing, ice cake smooth. Prepare decorating bag with tip 4B and teal icing. Pipe shells around top edge of cake, alternating directions.
Teal and Orange Cake: Using spatula and teal icing, ice cake sides, leaving spatula marks around sides of cake.
Using spatula and orange icing, lightly ice top of cake. Prepare decorating bag with tip 4B and remaining orange icing. Pipe shells around top of cake, starting at edge and working towards center.
Orange and Yellow Cake: Using spatula and orange icing, lightly ice sides of cake. Using spatula and yellow icing, ice top of cake smooth, using tip of spatula to create swirl.
Prepare decorating bag with tip 4B and remaining orange icing. Using rope technique, pipe four rows of ropes around sides of cake, starting at bottom and working towards top.
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.
A wonderful technique for finishing your piped baskets with pretty edging and handles. Excellent too for western or nautical theme cakes. You can make a great looking rope with round or star tips.