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How to Use Piping Nozzles (Bold Baking Basics)

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Hi Bold Bakers!

What’s the point in having piping nozzles if you don’t know how to use them? I went looking for a video on how to use piping nozzles and I couldn’t find one that was comprehensive, so I’m making my own. I’m going to show you how to use the most common piping nozzles. For this post I feel it is imperative that you watch the video as all of the detail and explanation is shown. 

Star Nozzle

A star nozzle can be big or small. Piping nozzles generally have a number on them. This is number 32, but note it can be different sizes and be labelled with different numbers.

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Round Nozzle

The round nozzle I used is number 12. It gives you a lovely round, smooth finish and it especially looks great on cupcakes.

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Basketweave Nozzle

This nozzle is called a bakset weave nozzle. Mine is number number 47. It is jaggedy on one side and smooth on the other. Also sometimes this nozzle is smooth on both sides. This is a really pretty design to do on cakes not to mention easy to get great results. 

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Closed Star Nozzle

The closed star nozzle is similar to the star nozzle but it is closed in more on top. This is number 30. You can use this the same way as the star or you can create a fun shell design.

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Drop Flower Nozzle

This nozzle is number 106. It gives you pretty little flowers on top of cupcakes and cakes.

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Grass Nozzle

This is a really fun nozzle because it creates grass and fur on animal cakes. It is number 233. It’s really easy to use, just pipe and pull, and repeat.

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Leaf Nozzle

There are lot of different types but mine is number 352. So I suggest practicing this one because it will take a moment to get used to. Just pipe and pull. Put pressure on there in the beginning so it gives you more body at the bottom of the leaf, then stop the pressure and pull away.

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Rose Nozzle

This nozzle is number 104. Some people find this a tricky one to master. I’m going to show you how to create stacked ruffles with it. 

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What to use in your piping bags, try my Best-Ever Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe. And if you found this Bold Baking Basic useful you might also like my 4 Fun Ways to Decorate a Cake and my Weight Conversion Chart for Baking.


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15 Comments

  1. Madhavi on February 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Hey Gemma,

    I was wondering could you also do a bold baking basics how to.make a piping bag video? Been looking for it and haven’t found a satisfactory one yet. 🙁

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      This is such a simple thing really. If you can get a strong sandwich bag you can cut one corner of this to take the piping nozzle, then you favour this when filling it, just practice this a little, it works,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Madhavi on February 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm

        Thanks! Will try it out!

  2. Kary on February 13, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Hey Gemma!
    I love your YouTube videos a lot not only you know a lot about baking and food and you never fail to amuse me! Thank you very much for that! Please please continue to make subtitles / captions for you videos, thanks anyways!!

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2017 at 3:21 am

      Hi Kary,
      this is nice to hear, thank you for your kind comment,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Profile photo of Ayman Ali khan Ayman Ali khan on February 14, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Dear Gemma
    Could show us how to make a coffee cake or cupcake in your upcoming videos. Another thing i wanted to mention is that it would be great if you started the breakfast series again!!!^_^||

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Hi there,
      I love coffee cake, and it is what my Mum makes for me when I am in Ireland, yum!
      I will add this to my list, and it would make a great cupcake too!
      I will get back to the breakfast series too, I am working on my content at the moment, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Mrs.Mohammad on February 15, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hey Gemma!
    First time ever commenting on any social media. Your mug recipes, I am in love with them and tried many of them. Gosh girl those are amazing. Thanks for sharing this knowledge and BDW ores are my favourite too😍. Be blessed and do a video on making of cupcakes, pizza and different breakfasts as well please as I love that Italian breakfast.
    Best wishes n good luck.
    Regards.

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Ah! thank you, that really nice, I am happy to have you with us.
      do check out all of the recipes here on the website, there are lots (200) or so, so plenty to keep you busy and fed too.
      Stay tuned, there is lots more to come,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Anesha on February 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Hi to my super hero Gemma…. Can you please make some homemade French fries

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Hi there,
      That is too easy Anesha lol. You must know how to do this one. You cut your potato into the required size and deep fry them. The best fries are twice cooked, so you take them until they are soft, then you remove them from the pot and get the oil back up to 180C, then you fry them again.
      I do not tend to do this type of recipe, as I am a baker, and i do not like to suggest deep frying as it is not always safe,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Rita on February 18, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I love all of your recipe I tried almost all cakes, I even sell the ice cream at my cafe. I love all of the recipe thank you so much Gemma.
    😘😘

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 18, 2017 at 8:34 am

      That is great Rita, thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Profile photo of Srashti Srashti on February 19, 2017 at 3:03 am

    I loved the weaving pattern, and made chocolate ganache, though the ganache was a little bit loose but i was able to make the weaving. 😀

    • Profile photo of Gemma Stafford Gemma Stafford on February 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Good job! i am happy you tried this. Ganache is difficult to pipe if you do not beat it and chill it a little, well done you 🙂

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