I have been eyeing this 9-piece set of big flower decorating tips for awhile now, and I decided to just order them already. A few folks on facebook told me that AliExpress has them for less money, but that they take weeks to arrive. When I ordered them from amazon, they were available on Prime, and it looks like they are no longer (though they are available for Free Shipping). So keep your eye out for changes at amazon.
I do like them, a lot, although I prefer smaller decorating tips rather than the huge ones. It’s best to use the larger, 16-inch disposable decorating bags with these, although I had to stick with my smaller ones since I was out of the larger. UPDATE: If you want couplers so you can change the tips on the same color frosting, THIS LARGE ATECO COUPLER does fit.
If you use a stiff buttercream frosting, they work well. Although I would prefer a smaller set of tips for less money, since I a few of the tips are similar. For the frosting, I used my recipe for buttercream frosting, adding only three tablespoons of milk. If you’re using another recipe that’s thinner (or, if you’re using store-bought frosting, which is not stiff enough), to thicken your frosting to a stiff consistency, you’ll need a good bit of confectioner’s sugar. Confectioner’s sugar is very fine, so you’ll need more than you think.
To pipe the flowers, I lined a baking tray with wax paper and piped frosting on the tray. You may need to use your fingers to secure the flower as you pull the bag away. Let the frosting set well, several hours, before removing from the tray. Then, you can decorate cookies, cupcakes or cakes. Adhere the flowers with dabs of frosting. OR, pipe flowers directly on your cookies, cupcakes or cakes.