Your ultimate guide to piping tips

Published on April 20, 2022 2 min read

Wondering how to create smooth lines for lettering or an on-trend shaggy cake, but don’t know what tip to choose? LoveCrafts to the rescue! Our piping tip guide will show you how to use the different piping tips to create perfectly piped bakes and where to find them!

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Round piping tip

Round tips are an essential in any baker’s toolkit. The smallest round tips are ideal for piping writing or decorating cakes and cookies with delicate line-work – like detailed dots and fabulous fleur de lis. Bigger round tips are ideal for creating borders on cookies ready to flood with royal icing, or for creating rounded swirls or drops of buttercream. Collect round tips in different sizes and you’ll be well-equipped to tackle a whole host of brilliant bakes!

Open star piping tip

When you think of a traditional cupcake topped with a sumptuous swirl of buttercream icing, it has likely been piped with an open star piping tip. Open star piping tips create light ridges in icing and can be used to create super swirls and fabulous ruffles. Open tips can also be used to create mini icing gems, meringue nests and cool shell borders around cakes. 

Closed star piping tips have a similar effect as open star tips, but with smaller, deeper ridges this piping tip more defined finish. These tips are best used for piping small intricate details, like borders on cookies.

Ribbon piping tip

Get to grips with the ribbon piping tip to create fabulous ruffle-effect cakes in no time at all! We love cakes with ruffles all over, but you can also use this tip to create fabulous ribbon borders, bows and even scalloped edging.

Multi-opening piping tip

The multi-opening piping tip is sometimes called a grass tip, because it creates multiple squiggly lines like grass. It can also be used to create super cool and on-trend shaggy cakes!

Drop flower piping tip

The easiest way to create perfect piped flowers is to use a drop flower piping tip! Pipe beautiful blooms using a simple twist motion. You can use a round tip to add the center to the flowers in a contrasting color for the ultimate impressive finish!

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Leaf piping tip

It won’t come as a surprise that leaf tips create the most perfect miniature leaves! With a v-shaped opening, the leaf piping tip can be used to finish off piped flowers as well as fun borders.

Petal piping tip

If you want to create fabulous icing flowers – you’ll need petal piping tips! You can use this tip to pipe individual petals and build them up to create beautiful blooms. These come in various different shapes and sizes, so it’s worth experimenting to see which one you like best.

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