A piping tip is a food accessory used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pies, etc. Piping tips come in many designs, shapes, and sizes. The design outcome for your decorations are unique depending on which piping tip you use to decorate desserts.
Small piping tips are used for creating detailed designs. Some common piping tips: round piping tip, star piping tip, petal piping tip, and leaf piping tip. You can pipe dots, lines, messages, stars, ruffles, etc. Small tips may be used to inject filling into pastries, like eclairs.
Large piping tips are used for filling desserts (ex. layer cakes, tarts shells) and for frosting cakes and cupcakes. You can also use large piping tips to create shapes (pâte à choux) or to pipe out cookies (ex. meringues and French macarons).
As you decorate, the angle at which you hold the piping bag will affect how the design will appear. You may need to adjust the angle of the bag at 45 degrees for a more decorated design. In most cases, keep the piping bag perpendicular to the surface. Depending on what design you want to create, you will need to change the pressure while you are holding the piping bag.
By the way, you don’t need piping tips to decorate desserts. However, piping tips make desserts look fancier. Plus, they are fun to use!
Check out the different type of piping tips on this website and see how it can enhance your desserts.
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