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Shell Border with Flute

Using a petal tip between the piped shells forms a precise border that looks very elegant. This technique can be done in a single or multiple colors.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Fit decorating bag with star decorating tip 21; fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing. If using two colors, fit second decorating bag with petal decorating tip 104 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing.

Step 2
Step 2

Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 6:00, with the tip slightly above the surface. Squeeze hard, letting icing fan out generously as it forces the tip up. Gradually relax the pressure as you lower the tip, while at the same time pulling the bag toward you until tip reaches the surface. Stop the pressure and pull tip along the surface to form a tail.

Step 3
Step 3

Using the same pressure as the previous shell, start your next shell about 3/8 in. away so that the fanned end just covers the tail of the preceding shell to form a chain.

Step 4
Step 4

To make the flute, hold the bag at 30° angle at 6:00, with the wide end of the tip touching the surface on one side of the row of shells, the narrow end of the tip up and between 2 shells. Squeeze and move tip up slightly, allowing the icing to flair in between the shells. (Let the icing do the work.) Stop pressure, lower the tip to the surface and pull away.

Step 5


Lift the tip only slightly when piping shells, for a more uniform look.

You may need to change bag angle and position when working on a cake.

Flute can be piped with same or contrasting color icing.

If your Shell Border with Flute is all one color, use a coupler in your decorating bag for easy switching of tips.

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Buttercream icing (medium consistency)

Icing Colors ((2 colors suggested for practice))




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Shell Border with Flute is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from if you can do the shell border you can do this one. great for borders and hiding any imperfections
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This technique adds another dimension to your shell border. Doesn't have to be at the beginning of every shell either. You can also make it in another color to set it off. It makes a gorgeous border look extra special!
Date published: 2010-11-29
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