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Pastry Tip Sizes & Styles

Pastry Tip Sizes & Styles

Pastry tips fit on a pastry bag and are used to decorate cakes and cookies with frosting. These tips come in so many different shapes and sizes, it can be difficult to decide which ones you need. Popular styles and shapes include round tips, star tips, petal tips and basket-weave tips. They are generally titled according to their style and size with letters or numbers.

The smaller the number of the tip, the smaller the size of the opening. For tips with both letters and numbers, the letter usually refers to the size, although in some cases it can also refer to the style of tip. Generally, though, the closer to the beginning of the alphabet, the smaller the tip. The number after the letter can also designate size, or it can refer to the number of points in a star pastry tip.

Unfortunately, titling conventions for pastry tips are anything but self-explanatory. Here is a pastry tip chart and guide that will help you understand how to use pastry tips for the best results: 


Style or Shape

Popular Sizes

Common Uses

Plain, round pastry tips

Standard circular opening
#2
#3
#4
#6
Beads
Dots
Vines
Filling in
Piping borders
Outlining
Lettering
Cornelli lace
Drop strings
Lattice work
Open star pastry tips


Wide star-shaped opening
14
16
18
21
32
B4
B6
B8
Rosettes
Stars
Ruffles
Ropes
Zigzags
Borders
Fleur-de-lis
Closed star pastry tips


Narrow star-shaped opening with points that close inward
23-31
33
35
101
232
233
840-858
Rosettes
Drop flowers
Shells
Swirl flowers
Roses
Petit four pastry tips


Fine star opening with many points. Also known as a French star pastry tip
32
199
363
172
Rosettes
Drop flowers
Outlining
Borders
Shells
Basketweave tips

Flat opening with one rough side and one smooth side
45
46
47
48
Ribbons
Basketweaves
Stripes
Lattice weaves
Icing large surfaces of cakes
Petal tips

Flat or tear-drop shaped opening where one end is larger than the other
104
126
127
180
264
Roses
Carnations
Pansies
Daisies
Hyndrangeas
Ribbons
Bows
Garlands
Icing a surface  
Specialty pastry tips


Specialty pastry tips, including the Bismarck tip, hair tip, St. Honore tip and novelty-shaped tip styles, are great for making specialty shapes or for experimenting with different forms.
Various sizes Hair
Grass
St. Honor Cake
Filling éclairs
Christmas trees
Hearts
Frilly borders
Ruffles


If you are not quite sure what size or style of tips you need, purchasing an assorted pastry tip set is probably a good idea. Experiment with different sizes and shapes. Over time, you will come up with a number of creative ways to create unique shapes and designs on your cakes, pastries or cookies.
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