I'm planning on buying some new nozzles for piping icing and was wondering which ones people would say are their "must have" nozzles? I especially want to buy a nice big star nozzle but am not sure whether to get open or closed stars and would size 8 be big enough?
The tips i use the most 2 & 3 for writing 21 for borders 104 for flowers 352 for leaves, these are my go to tips for most cakes i do use multiplies of each of these. For a large star tip i use a 2D for icing my cup cakes.
You really need to take stock in the type of cakes you make, if you do the star fill ins, then you will want more star tips in smaller sizes.
If you are into piping flowers, then you will want more of the different sizes of rose tips. You can pipe many flowers starting with these tips.
If you have a jo-ann's michaels, or hobby lobby near you the large tip kit is $59.00 an if you join the sites you get a coupon for 40% or 50% off. or they put them out in their circulars, they also have a smaller one. if you look on e-bay sometimes you can find a buy it now good price. just watch the shipping price. i like the 869 large tip for a really nice swirl for cupcakes and large drop flowers 104 for roses. you can do a lot with tip 17 there are some examples on u-tube. and videos on cakes we bake also. your fondant work is beautiful
233 grass/fur tip - invaluable to me as you wouldn't be able to use anything else as a substitute!
Definitely 352 for leaves, the 74 etc always break the leaf at the end, ugh!
I agree with everyone who says to think about what style of things you're going to be doing the most. I do a lot of cookies, so I have about 20 each of tips 1, 2, 3 and 4. Tip 18 is nice for cake borders and Tip 1M is useful for doing large swirls on cupcakes. I bought one of those Wilton Master Tip sets and about 80% of those go completely unused.
3 star tip
You want multiples of the basic rounds and stars and even the grass tip so you don't always have to wash them out if you have multiple colors.
Also the oversized rounds and stars for doing cupcakes or piping cake dams are also invaluable.