4 Must-Have Piping Tips

Every baker will need to use piping tips or nozzles at some point.

That said, there are many piping tips available but not all of them are great for everyday  use. Some of these nozzles have specific functions that make them 1 purpose items. An example of this is the grass piping nozzle or leaf piping tip.. 

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I prefer to have piping tips that I for different purposes.
Below is a list of my 'must-have piping tips' for bakers and beginner cake decorators.

  • The round tip

 Available in different sizes, this tip can be used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, pipe pastry, and fill pastries. Wilton 1-12, 1A and 2A are round tips. 

  • The star tip (open and closed)

 Star tips are a must-have piping tip for bakers. Smaller sized star tips are ideal for piping borders, mini flowers, and pastry. The larger star tips are useful for decorating cakes, cupcakes, and piping choux pastry. Wilton 1M, 2D, 14, 17, 21, 22 and 32 are examples of open and closed star tips.

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  •  The basketweave tip

 This piping tip should be in every baker's kit. The larger sized basketweave tips are great for applying a thick, even layer of frosting on cakes or other desserts. They can also be used to make pipable butter cookies.  The small sizes of the basketweave tip can be used to make basketweave patterns on cakes, cupcakes and to make meringue cookies. Wilton 46, 47, 2B and 789 are basketweave tips of varying sizes. 

  • Petal piping tips

If you are going to be piping flowers, you will get the best use out of this piping tip. The petal piping tip can be used to pipe sweet peas. Roses, ranunculus and a few other flowers you can decorate your desserts with. Wilton 102, 104, 124, 125 tips are petal piping tips.

The piping tips listed here are from Wilton but other brands like Ateco and Tala have similar piping tips. If you are unable to find either brand, search for unbranded piping tips with a similar shape like the one you are looking for. 

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How to care for your piping tips

I have had my piping tips for years, along the way I have lost some due to improper care. Here are tips for caring for your piping tips and ensuring that they last longer. 

1.    Start by buying good quality icing nozzles. These are relatively cheap, so buy the best quality you can find. Wilton and Ateco are my favorite brands. One problem with buying poor quality nozzles is that their construction is shoddy. The tips may have ragged edges and this  affects  how the buttercream looks when piped out.
Furthermore, poorly made piping tips bend and lose their shape if the slightest pressure is applied to them. 
It is much easier to care for better quality piping tips. 

2.    Do not soak your piping tips for long periods. 
It is quite understandable that you may be too tired to wash your piping tips immediately after using them. However, unless you will be washing them soon after, do not soak your piping tips in water. This could cause the quality to deteriorate over time.

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Below are a few resources if you want to know more about piping tips

Piping Tips 101 + Video


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