Help With Leaves, Please!

Baking By JGMB Updated 23 Feb 2009 , 1:49pm by JGMB

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JGMB Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 8:40pm
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Okay, I know that my yucky leaves are only one of the MANY problems with this cake . . . but, what exactly am I doing wrong?

I reduce pressure as I'm pulling out the leaf, I've tried thinning the buttercream, but the leaves always split in two at the tip.

I'd appreciate any and all suggestions.


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have_your_cake Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 1:47am
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which tip are you using? After I tried the Wilton 352 I've never used another leaf tip. Leaves come out perfect every time.

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Cakeasyoulikeit Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 1:58am
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Same here. I could never get the 67, 66, etc to work correctly. I always use 352 or 349 (for smaller leaves) and NEVER have a problem!

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PuffCake Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 2:09am
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The opening of your tip is probably too narrow. I had this problem too and my Wilton instructor said it's a defect in the manufacturing and you just need open the tip opening a little more. When it's too close together it doesn't let enough icing through and it separates the leaf into 2 separate sections. That said, I prefer tip 352 for leaves because I think they look better. It's a v shaped tip. Make sure the pointed sides are facing up and down. Good luck!

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tracey1970 Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 2:18am
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I was using a 66 or 67, opened the tip a bit in class, and I still got the V leaf. Now I use only the 352 for leaves. Love it!

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icer101 Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 2:22am
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tip #352 all the way... if your icing is just right.. and if you open the #67 tip just right.. this tip makes a pretty leaf.. like i said..."IF"... the tips # 66,67,68,70...comes mostly closed.. you alway have to take your spatula .... go in between the slit and open up more , with a rocking back and forth motion.. do it easy.. as not to break the tip. hth

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nanny4 Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 2:34am
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I agree 3 thumbs_up.gif

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JGMB Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 1:49pm
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Thanks so much, everyone!!!! I'm REALLY happy to hear that it's not solely icon_wink.gif my lack of talent.

I plan to buy a #352 ASAP. I'd cross my fingers for luck, too, but it'd probably be hard to pipe anything that way!


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