Ruffle Effect Piping Techniques – New Piping Tips

It can often be hard to know which piping tips create which effect, and which ones are best to use on the top of your cupcakes or to make buttercream borders on the top of your cakes. One thing I love to do on the Cakes by Lynz YouTube channel is test out different piping tips so you can choose for yourself. A few weeks ago I saw a new set of piping tips / nozzles that I hadn’t seen before. I purchased these and have been testing them out.

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So if you’d like a way to create pretty ruffles on your cupcakes check out the video below ⇩

The piping Nozzles

The piping tips / nozzles came in a set of 4 from Amazon, but other cake decorating companies are selling them singerly. The piping tips are the 901, 902, 903 & 904, although some shops have renumbered them to F1, f2, F3, F4.

The piping nozzles are massive. You will see in the video that I compare them to the 2D piping tip, which already is a large piping tip. This is going to mean that they use alot more buttercream than alot of other piping tips.

I also found with this style the teeth that are cutout to create the designs come quite far up the piping tip, meaning the best design to create is a dome on the top of your cupcake. If I tried swirls or rosettes too much buttercream came out and it seems to pull off what was already there as I pulled the piping tip around. Let me know in the comments below have you tried these piping tips? What did you think?

The Effects

All 4 piping tips did give very similar effects, but you could see the difference. One of the biggest differences I thought was the cupcakes from the top. One of the issues with piping tips that are really large is they can leave a little dip or crater in the top of the buttercream. Its hard to get that pretty point that you get with a 2D for example. This was evident in the first example, the 901, but the sides were so pretty, and with a cake topper added you wouldn’t know.

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My favourite of the smooth ruffles though was the 3rd option using the 903 piping tip.

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With the teeth that were cut out being at an angle this meant as you pulled the piping tip away, twisting it slightly as you lifted, the edges of your buttercream dome laid flat and created this really pretty shape.

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If I had to choose out of the 4, my favourite was the last option. The 904 piping tip had these wavey teeth, a little like a sun beam if you look at the piping tip from the top. This added so much texture to the buttercream dome and made it look like the buttercream was crimped. It was so different to any effect I had been on a piping tip before and really made the cupcake stand out from the others. Let me know what you think of this effect in the comments.

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If you’ve seen these piping tips and wondered what effects they created or maybe you’re looking for some new effects for your cupcakes I really hope you will find this tutorial useful. If you haven’t already you can subscribe to my YouTube channel for more Free cake decorating video tutorials.

Tools I used

I have 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:

Piping bags I use:
Alternative piping bags:
901,902,903 & 904 piping tip set:
Wilton 2D piping tip:
Raspberry Colour Splash:

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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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