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Russian Piping Tip Experiment

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I’ve been in a cake kick lately because March is my birthday-busy month. So every Feb~March I get into ‘imma gonna bake’ mode. I realized recently that I try so many crafts and try to get past certain point because I hate paying for product or service (well, pay, at all, I guess) if I can make or do it myself. The downside is that I end up making initial investments with equipment and stuff. BUUUUT that becomes a motivation because it turns into “well I have it, I’m not gonna waste it”. And hey, new skill for me. Those stick around in your muscles.

Anyho this experiment was for the Russian piping tips I got recently. I saw a bunch of video tutorials and they were so pretty and not that $ on Amazon I gave it a shot. I tried them with my fake buttercream but this time it was my first time to try it on an actual cupcake.

These base cupcakes were what I made for sugar reducing experiment. I went for ¾ of the recipe and it worked great. I will try again with 2/3 and see if it makes a huge difference. Why? Because I hate oversweet. Also I won’t feel (as) bad eating them. Also I have a little girl who will literally run around in circles for an hour or two (and get cranky tired) if I gave her too much sugar.

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^The first one I thought 3 roses would be enough and decided it looked sad. So I added more around it. The two colors marbled pretty well.

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Second one, you can see the one int the bottom didn’t detach well so its missing parts, haha.

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Same thing happened on the third one, and also this one the whole thing wasn’t centered right so its kinda more on one side.

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Started to get the hang of it… I also realized that if I really hate how the flower turned out, I can simply scrape it off and try again. It won’t work on all cakes but for something like this—can’t tell I tried a few times. BTW this was also my first ‘real’ try on the leaf tips too. Fake buttercream practice paid up, I didn’t have to mess up too bad at all. Yay practice! My tips for the tips (har har), don’t get a cheapo set like me. One I got has seams and the petal tips weren’t really petal tips. The standard round (I mean how wrong can you go) and stars were ok. Get a reliable brand like Ateco or Wilton, and get a few you like. These tips were the Tangchu ones and are nice and heavy duty.

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This pipe was only one of the….5? flower tips I have, but I only had 6 cupcakes (nice practice batch since it only takes 1 egg) so I would have wasted way more buttercream. I will try the others next time.

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Aaaaand take two for the husband and I, pack the rest to ask for coworker’s help to consume them all. Sorry for all the sugars, coworkers!

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