How to use Russian Piping Tips?
HOW TO USE RUSSIAN PIPING TIPS
Fit a piping bag with a Russian piping tip and fill the bag with buttercream. Apply pressure to the bag until buttercream starts poking through all the openings. Wipe the tip of the nozzle clean before beginning your design.
Hold the flat end of the tip just above the surface you want to pipe on. Apply steady pressure to the piping bag while pulling directly up, as straight as you can.
Release pressure when you're 3/4 of the way done with your petal. Continue to pull the piping bag up until the buttercream separates from the tip.
Keep all of your movements slow and steady to keep the petals and centers from smushing together. Shorter flowers are easier to pipe.
Continue piping more flowers to fill in the rest of the area you're decorating, repeating the piping process described in Step 2. Cluster flowers as closely together as possible to avoid letting the cake or crumb-coat below show through. Position the nozzle so that the side edge just touches the petals of the flower before.
Complete your arrangement by adding simple leaves. In the pictures above it was used size 366 leaf tip, but you can achieve the same look by cutting a V-shaped notch into the tip of a piping bag.
Fill a piping bag fitted with the leaf tip with green buttercream. Hold the bag less than 1/4 inch above where you want the leaf to be. Position the tip so that it looks like a little mouth about to gobble up one of your buttercream flowers.
Apply pressure to the bag. Once the buttercream makes contact with the surface piping, release pressure and pull the bag away. Repeat to fill in any empty spaces.
COLOR ADDS REALISM TO YOUR BUTTERCREAM FLOWERS
Now that you learned how to use the russian pipes, let`s move to the next steps and make your decorating style even more challenging. To create a lifelike look to your flowers, layer different shades of colored buttercream in your piping bag.
Use a small icing spatula to smear thin lines of green buttercream on the inside of your piping bag. Make sure to spread the color all the way to the base of the tip.
Cover the sides of the piping bag with a thicker layer of the petal color. Leave a dime-sized opening through the center all the way to the base of the tip.
Fill in the center with yellow buttercream. Use a small icing spatula or a piping bag with a small opening — whichever is easier for you.
Pipe flowers using the same method as in Step 2 from the earlier tutorial. The colors will subtly change as you pipe, adding to the realistic look of your flowers. Add in any additional leaves or filler as desired.
Watch the tutorial above if you want to learn more about how to use the russian piping tips.