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Six Ways to Decorate with Tip 54

Get creative with your piping by using star decorating tip 54 to decorate your cupcakes. A unique tip that allows for great texture and motion in your icing design, decorating tip 54 is great for piping textured pull-out stars, fun zig-zags and lovely rosettes. Mix icing colors in one bag to get this neat color effect!
Makes: About 24 cupcakes
Skill Level: None

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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.

Combine Sky Blue and Violet icing colors to get dark blue color shown. Using Sky Blue icing color, tint 1 cup icing each light blue and medium blue. Using Violet icing color, tint 1 cup icing violet. Tint remaining cup icing dark blue using color combinations provided.

Step 3

Decorate cupcakes.

Prepare decorating bag with tip 54. Fill with all icing colors, allowing colors to mix in bag.

Ring of Shells Cupcake (top left): Pipe row of shells around edge of cupcake. Pipe second row of shells inside first row, starting at edge and moving towards center. Pipe third row of shells in a ring inside second row. Pipe star in center.

Pull-Out Star Cupcake (top center): Pipe pull-out stars around edge of cupcake. Continue towards center until cupcake is covered.

Zig-Zag Cupcake (top right): Pipe tight zig-zag down center of cupcake. Pipe horizontal shells, alternating directions, on either side of center zig-zag. Pipe tight zig-zag lines on either side of shells.

Shells and Zig-Zags Cupcake (bottom left): Pipe tight zig-zag around edge of cupcake. Pipe row of shells inside zig-zag. Pipe zig-zag to fill center. Pipe row of shells on top of first row of shells.

Swiggle Cupcake (bottom center): Starting at outside and moving towards center, pipe elongated shells around cupcake. Pipe second row of elongated shells on top and between first row. Pipe row of shells around center. Pipe rosette to fill center.

Ring Around the Rosette Cupcake (bottom right): Pipe row of rosettes around edge of cupcake. Pipe rosette in center of cupcake. Pipe stars around center rosette.

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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.

Learn how to pipe beautiful rosettes, big and small, to add charming floral accents. Rosettes are a great way to create quick decorations. Different tips create different “petal” effects. Rosettes can be used to add a simple floral accent to a dessert or to cover a cake or cupcake.

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 star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The pull-out star technique can be used for fun, furry creatures, or for textured hair for your cakes.

One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.

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