I finally did it!
I got on the bandwagon of a current trend way sooner than my usual 3 years wait! LOL
These Russian Piping Tips just looked too enticing to pass up and I am so glad I got them.
I did a quick video tutorial (below) that shows you visually how to pipe with them since I found that the pressure and quickness with which you work is the key to making these flowers have definite shape and structure.
I bought mine on Amazon and I decided on the smaller set of 7 versus sets of 25, 27 and 29.
You will see there are tons of vendors who also jumped on this bandwagon, and you will see various sets with different nozzles and really random amounts in each set.
There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to the way these vendors are selling them, so this is the first thing that can trip you up.
Just be sure to really pay attention to what you are buying, these nozzles seem to be different in almost every set I see.
I am happy with it for the most part, it was only $13.99 and free shipping if you have Amazon Prime, however I am slightly disappointed that I did not get the rose bud tube.
Instead mine came with an oversized grass tip.
“Meh” It’s Ok.
But I would have preferred the rose bud tip. My fault for not paying closer attention.
If I had to do it again I would buy this set (CLICK HERE) for more money though (but if you have Amazon Prime you get free shipping and A 25% OFF DISCOUNT CODE ZIIV86ZC good through July 31, 2016) You get 27 tips and that includes the rose tips! as well as a tri-color coupler and some pastry bags too!
So other than the initial confusion from being overwhelmed by which set to buy, I really enjoyed using these tips.
I do have a Pros & Cons list though, since as soon as I started I got glaring insights right away.
#1 – CON: The tips are really large and you will have to dedicate a pastry bag (or a few pastry bags!!) specifically for these tips. I did not want to cut my existing pastry bags with larger holes so I opted to use disposable pastry bags.
#2- CON: The tips are not marked, so from a tutorial standpoint it is difficult since I know many of you will want to know which tips I used and I have no idea! You will just have to match them up with the chart (below) as I show you each one in the video I also made (below)
That’s really all I came up with for the CONS though, so 2 negatives isn’t really bad especially against all the PROS:
#1 – PRO: Works great with my American Buttercream Recipe I tried using the tips with my Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Italian Meringue Buttercream recipes too and it was really difficult to keep the shape of the flower, the meringue buttercream are just too soft, billowy, silky for this application. Now I may get some disagreement here, and please enlighten me to your results with those buttercreams. It’s just in my testing here I did not get good results. But the American Style!? Oh yeah!
#2 – PRO: No real decorating skills are required! This mean you can create beautiful cakes and pastries and everyone will think you are an amazing cake decorator! LOL
#3 – PRO: Easy to use with just a short amount of practice, like literally 1 minute and you can get the hang of the pressure needed (I mention & show this in the video)
#4 – PRO: Easy to Clean, they are stainless steel and of good quality.
For those interested in buying a coupler to fit these tips CLICK HERE