...a set or individual tips? If individual tips, which tips?
I’m ready to try decorating. I also want to pipe batter into cupcake pans.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.
Hi Flour Girl,
You can get a variety of sets out there that range from just a few pieces up to around 50 or so. If you plan on really getting into this you might consider getting the 50-piece set, but for the sake of economics just getting one of the smaller sets, or just a few pieces to start off with might be a better idea. As far as Ateco vs Wilton, I’m not sure one is better than the other. I have some of both and I have not been disappointed by either of them. I can’t remember who told me this, but I someone once told me that they are not necessarily the same size between the two brands even if they have the same number. I can’t say for sure, though, because the Ateco and Wilton tips I have are not the same number.
If you decide to start out with just a few individual tips, then deciding which tips to get is really up to you and depends on what type of decorating you want to do. If you go with this route I might suggest that you start out with a few round tips, star tips, basket weave tips, and rose petal tips. For the round tips you might want sizes 2, 4, 12, and possibly the 230 (this one is handy if you’re filling cupcakes or eclairs with a filling like a pastry cream or jam). For the star tips you might want to start with 22 and 1M. For the basket weaves a 47 is a good one to have. And for the petal tips maybe start out with a 104. These are all Wilton numbers I’m using here. Having these on hand will give you some of the tips for some of the more basic decorating patterns and it’s a good start to a collection if you don’t want to invest in a large set all at once. There are many more tips to get, so it’s entirely up to you what you want to put in your collection, of course.
As far as piping batter into cupcake pans, that will work, but what I prefer is to use an ice cream scooper (the type with the handle you squeeze and it has the metal piece inside the scooper that scrapes the ice cream out of the scooper like this one: http://www.usefulthings.com/shop/kitchen&bar;/ice-cream-scoop.php). I use a 2-oz scoop for cupcakes and I have found that to be the perfect amount of batter for cupcakes. It also helps ensure that each cupcake has the same amount of batter and each one will be the same size instead of having some small ones and some larger ones. But just like the decorating tips, it’s up to you to decide what you want to use.
Anyway, I hope this helps. Good luck deciding on what to get and I hope you enjoy learning how to pipe decorations. It’s a lot of fun!