Make Perfect Leaves From Buttercream

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NiteOwl4evr Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 11:46pm
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I am having problems when I make leaves for anything from buttercream icing!! I can not get the icing to make the tip..it just leaves it looking like it broke off instead of a nice finished point. It doesn't matter the consistency of the icing either I have tried medium...thick..no success. I have tried opening the tip a little..doesn't help. If you can give me suggestions to making that perfect leaf to go along with my flowers I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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DianeLM Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 12:41am
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Are you using tip 352? It looks like a bird's beak and is much better for leaves than tip 67.

If you don't have tip 352, I suggest adding some clear piping gel to your buttercream to give it a little more elasticity. That may help form the point. If that doesn't work, try prying the tip open a little bit more.

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SugaredUp Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 1:06am
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You need to use a thinned butter cream icing. Use some light corn syrup to thin it. Your icing is probably too thick.

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MrsMissey Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 1:07am
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...ditto with the piping gel! It works wonders!!

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Ruby2uesday Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 1:14am
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i agree w/ diane, 352 is the tip i use! LOVE IT!

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danijus Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 2:27am
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I'm so glad I found this. My leaves come out seperated. Do I have to pry open the tip?

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mclaren Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 2:36am
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i have the exact same problem as NiteOwl4evr, gotta get my hands on the 352.

however, last week i decorated my cupcakes with bettercreme, & somehow the leaves didn't break off halfway like they used to be.

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aswartzw Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 1:21pm
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I agree. Add piping gel. I had the same issue until I did this. (Or corn syrup)

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Candy120 Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 1:31pm
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the 67 is good for making "fern" type leaves, but that's about it...the 352 is the trick!!

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mcdonald Posted 18 Jul 2008 , 1:35pm
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glad I found htis thread!! I have the same problem.. always have. I think I will try some piping gel and hope that works for me!!

Thanks!!

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cakebaby59 Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:33am
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I give a "thumbs up" to the 352 tip. As far as I am concerned it's the only tip for leaves!!! And piping gel or the corn syrup does the trick to make buttercream "stretchy".

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jammjenks Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:28pm
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I also swear by #352. If I were to try to use my leaf tips I'd probably have to dust them off!

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Iloveweddings Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 9:25pm
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I also have trouble with leaves and I do put in piping gel. I hate to have to go to my instructor for help. She charges $25/hr! icon_surprised.gif

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