Whether you’re new to cake decorating or just want to brush up on your piping skills, these 9 beginner piping techniques are all you need to get started. From classic cupcake swirls to piping buttercream flowers and borders, these simple cake piping techniques are sure to have you enticed to ice!
Master the classic cupcake swirl using a 1M decorating tip. Perfect for topping cupcakes, pies, cakes and more, this piping technique is easy to do with buttercream or stabilized whipped cream frosting. You can also switch up decorating supplies and use tip 2A or tip 2D for a different look and texture.
The star is perhaps one of the easiest, and most versatile, of the beginner piping techniques. The great thing about the star is that the tip does all the work for you…simply squeeze and pull away. With a large variety of star tips available, you can use this piping technique as a border or to fill in a large character cake with frosting. So grab a piping bag and get moving!
Rosettes make lovely floral accents and are a quick and easy way to decorate your desserts. While these are traditionally made with star tips, you can also pipe rosettes with drop flower tips for different petal effects. Use standard tips to add small rosettes to a flower-covered cake, or use larger decorating tips, like 1M or 2D, to pipe large rosettes and take your cupcake decorating to another level.
A fun technique for borders or adding texture to the sides of your cake, the zigzag is created by moving your decorating bag side to side. When piping zigzags, think about the movement of your arm and the pressure on your bag.
Your arm determines the distance between the waves while the pressure while holding the bag determines the thickness of the line. Traditionally zigzags are piped with a star tip, like tip 16, but you can create this technique with any decorating tip you’d like.
Add some fun and furry details to your treats with the specialty grass tip. With multiple openings, this tip creates texture with ease. Simply squeeze the bag to release the icing, then pull up and away to form grass or fur.
For a more natural look, pull the tip slightly to the left or right instead of straight up. Remember to keep clusters close together so the cake doesn’t show through.