Easy Buttercream: 4B Tip

There are some truly beautiful buttercream decorated cakes out there (one on my instagram makes me wow every time!), so I wanted to show you how to make some simple yet effective designs using tips you may have laying around.

The Wilton 4B tip is a great piping tip for french swirls on cupcakes, but next time you’re taking a ‘simple’ cake somewhere to share with friends or family, whip it out and wow them with this!  It only takes a few minutes but looks fancy.

Firstly, cover your cake in buttercream.  Decorate the sides if you see fit, or smooth them to a perfect finish.

1

With your tip in a piping bag, pipe a dot onto your cake.  Continue to squeeze to allow the icing to build up into a nice round dome, then drag your tip forward and down while releasing the pressure.

2

Continue all the way around.  Once you have done your first row, start over with your dollops starting on the tails (to hide any messy buttercream tails!)

At this point I added more gel colour to make my cake ombre, then continued on my rows.

3

I did two more rows, added more gel colour again, then one more row the a dot in the middle to finish it off.

Even if you’re just making cake for home or visiting friends, it only takes a few minutes to pretty it up.. and I think pretty cakes tastes even better!

 

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