Round Swirl Cupcake Frosting- What Is Your Go To Tip Size?

Decorating By Charmdesign Updated 22 Jan 2016 , 8:01pm by flourandsun

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Charmdesign Posted 22 Jan 2016 , 4:28am
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I'm just starting out and my first project is confetti cupcakes for my girl's birthday party Saturday. I got inspired by a Pinterest image. I was originally trying to go for a bakery style big swirl design  but now I wonder if I went a little TOO big with the Ateco 809! I feel like the cupcake is dwarfed by the icing :/. Then I realized I want the cake to icing ratio higher as well.

Did a little digging and I'm finding I'm gravitating to ones with a half inch opening. I'm not sure if this will be too small?

is there a cimprehensive comparison image out there to help me decide? I'd like to see results from say the Ateco 806 and up for example.

Perhaps I should aim to replicate my original inspiration:

any thoughts appreciated :)

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-K8memphis Posted 22 Jan 2016 , 3:47pm
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under the heading of  'any thoughts appreciated' i think you should buy several  and compare in person -- there may be some charts but what i mean is you can pipe different amounts of icing by the pressure you apply so the exact size of the tube is not the be all end all -- i have some tubes i totally love and some i never ever ever use and it's all personal no method to it -- so start you a collection is my 'any thought' for you --

 a half inch opening is massive -- should be fine --

an 806 is a plain tube -- i just use parchment and cut the tip

best to you

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leah_s Posted 22 Jan 2016 , 4:13pm
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I have a very light squeeze on the pastry bag (not a lot of hand strength), so big tips are great for me.  I worked with people who could squeeze out that swirl with a 4 I think (Popeye arms).  So K8's advice is spot on.  Tips are cheap.  Buy a few and see what works best for you.

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Pastrybaglady Posted 22 Jan 2016 , 5:49pm
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I agree with the above.  My favorite is a large closed star tip, the kind you would use to make rosettes.

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pj22 Posted 22 Jan 2016 , 7:58pm
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The Wilton 1M or 2D tip works best for me :)

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flourandsun Posted 22 Jan 2016 , 8:01pm
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My go to for frosting cupcakes with a round tip is Ateco 808 or 809. I like a lot of frosting on the cupcakes I sell. Here's a picture. Hope it helps!


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