How to use the Russian piping tips to decorate flowers on cupcakes or cookies.
Russian piping tips
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 the Russian piping tips 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 because I find them easier to wield. 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.
what frosting to use with Russian tips
If you use a stiff buttercream frosting with the Russian piping tips, 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, you can use either bakery frosting OR 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. However, be sure not to make the frosting too thick, or you’ll have trouble squeezing it out of the decorating bag. You want to squeeze the decorating bag easily, but the frosting should still hold its shape.
Note that royal icing is NOT recommended for these decorating tips, as royal icing doesn’t hold a three-dimensional shape as well as buttercream frosting.
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how to pipe 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.
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