Rosette Cupcake Swirl – Piping Techniques

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Recently my piping techniques tutorial have been so popular across my channel and I love showing you different styles of swirls that you can create with different piping tips, so I thought it was time we looked a little more at the rosette swirl. Recently I have been seeing alot of people using different piping tips to create the buttercream rosette swirl on the top of their cupcakes and its not always easy to know which piping tip to use. So I thought it would be really fun to show you the rosette swirl using 4 different piping tips, so you can compare the difference and maybe find a new style that you would like to try.

In the tutorial I thought I should probably start with the traditional rosette, so we have something to compare the other designs to. So the the first piping tip I use is the 2D. This always creates such a pretty rosette with just a small ruffle on the edges and gives the appearance of a rose. Now the difference with a rosette swirl to a normal swirl on the top of a cupcake is that when piping the buttercream you start from the center rather than the edge. You then pipe the buttercream around which keep the design quite flat on the top of the cupcake, instead of coming into a center point.

Choosing the perfect piping tip

So to compare the piping tips I then show you the 1B, which you can see below. This piping tip is the same style closed star flower tip as we get with the 2D but it is alot bigger and has a slightly larger opening in the center. I actually really loved this swirl, it wasn’t as pretty as the traditional 2D swirl, but I loved that it created a really chunky swirl which in my option looked a bit more modern.

The 1B piping nozzle

1B piping nozzle
1B cupcake piping nozzle

The 1E piping nozzle

Next was the 857 or the 1E as it’s also known. This piping tip again is a closed star piping tip but it has alot more teeth. Personally I loved the effect this piping tip gave. It really had the appearance of a closed flower, similar to a peony before it has opened. It looked so delicate, especially in this dusky pink buttercream.

857 1E piping tip

The 6B piping nozzle

Lastly was the 6B piping tip. This one is an open star tip and creates a very different effect to the previous style. You may have seen this piping tip in some of my other videos as I love the effect it gives, whether your piping a normal swirl or a rosette swirl. It also looks great on mini cupcakes too. It gives such a fun effect with so much texture and looks great in just one colour or with multiple colours of buttercream.

6B buttercream swirl rosette cupcake

So there are the 4 different piping tips, now one difference when piping these cupcakes is with the traditional rosette to give it that rose appearance you tuck the end of the swirl into the side, but with the larger nozzles I prefer to bring the end of the swirl up onto the last row of buttercream and pull the bag away to create a point just to give a slightly different effect. I loved seeing the difference that the 4 piping tips gave with the same swirl and I hope this will be helpful the next time you are looking to pipe some cupcakes. Plus let me know in the comments below which is your favourite.

Cupcake Rosettes piping techniques

If you want any of the recipes I used in this tutorial you can find all the recipes here.

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Tools I used

I have also put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here:

2D piping tip:
1B piping tip:
6B piping tip:
857 / 1E piping tip:
Piping bags I use:
Raspberry Colour Splash:
Violet Colour Splash:

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Cupcake Rosettes piping techniques

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Hi, I’m Lynsey and welcome to Cakes by Lynz. I LOVE everything cake! Here you will find all my latest cake decorating video tutorials from my YouTube channel, reviews and general cake ramblings!

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