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How to Use Piping Nozzles

Decorating cakes & cupcakes simplified! Watch my video on how to use Piping Nozzles including 8 common tips to make impressive cakes and cupcakes.
How to use Piping Nozzles - Easy cake decorating using the most common piping nozzles.

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 basketweave 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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Hanifa Madrahimova
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Hanifa Madrahimova
3 months ago

Thank you SO MUCH for this! It comes in really helpful when I’m making muffins! My only request is for you to add more nozzles here!

Crystal
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Crystal
4 months ago

Thank you for the videos and step by step. Was able to make cupcakes with both my 12 and 6 year old and they came out great. My first baking success from scratch!!

Arwa
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Arwa
8 months ago

Hi Gemma!

Thank you for the lovely videos. It’s so easy to grasp and you got solutions for everything. I love baking and you are making my life so much easier dear.

Thank you.
Be blessed????????

janet98
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janet98
9 months ago

Hi Gemma, thanks for this…

paulmercysaidetu
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helo i want to buy a set of the nozzles for decoration and i am from Nigeria

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Athel Pereira
1 year ago

Hi. I am new into baking. I found your website on Facebook and since then your receipes and techniques have helped me big time to improve my baking. This nozzles technique is also awesome. I love all your receipes. Thanks a lot.

Vinny
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Vinny
1 year ago

Hi, Which piping bag and nozzels are best for first time users ? I am new to this. Please tell me from where i can buy and which brand ?

Modupe
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Modupe
1 year ago

Can I use a plastic nozzle instead of the stainless one?

Snehal Rokade
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Snehal Rokade
1 year ago

Hi Gemma
I’m First time baker. I hv seen ur baking recipes posts n videos r really inspired me to do something . I want to ask u can I use regular sugar/powdered sugar than confectioners sugar? I was using whipped cream for frosting but it never come out well will try ur recipe definitly.
Thanks dear ,
Snehal

FathimaAfroz
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FathimaAfroz
2 years ago

Hello Gemma! I can’t believe I found your blog! This is pure gold what you have here. Making alternatives from easy cheap resources are just what I love to do. I love how simple and effective your recipes and tips are.
I’d like to know how you pipe with a curved rose Petal tip. Youtube doesn’t have a lot on curved Petal tips other than piping a life-like rose. Other than piping a rose what can you do with them? Thanks in advance!

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