22 March 2019
How do I use nozzles when piping with royal icing?? Have you got a whole bunch of piping nozzles in a drawer and you aren't quite sure what to do with them? Then this free video tutorial is for you!
Number 0: is the finest round nozzle which is perfect for delicate advanced royal icing work. Piping bridges and extension work should always be done using the finest nozzle you can. If you are entering competitions with piped details it is usually best, depending on design, to go for a very fine nozzle such as a #0.
Number 1-16: These are great for piping messages or dots. Adjust the size of the nozzle with the size of the message or dot. If you only have a small space for a message stick with a #1 or #2. If you are going for a bold message and have more space on your cake, go for something like a #5 or #6.
Leaf Nozzles (eg ST51): These are perfect for piping leaves either straight onto cakes, or you can pipe them onto parchment first, wait for them to dry and then add them to cakes or cupcakes. By varying the pressure you can create different types of leaves such as rose, ivy or fern leaves.
Petal Nozzles (eg 56 or 58):. These are perfect for piping blossoms and little roses. Use these with a flower icing nail and a small piece of parchment to help you turn the flower as you pipe. If you don't have a flower nail and you are feeling brave you can also have a go at piping a rose around the end of a cocktail stick or a food pic.
PME. PME nozzles are available everywhere. They are incredibly good quality and they don't have a seam which can distort the shape you are piping. They also have a huge range of shapes and sizes.
You can see some of the range here and can buy in most cake shops. Don't forget if you are a Pretty Witty Academy member we have various member perks for discounts in shops when buying cake products.
Ateco. Ateco Nozzles are really great nozzles. They don't have as quite a large range of sizes but they have all the core ones you could ever need.
A lot of the main Cake Decorating Supply shops sell them and again you can use Member Perks in the Pretty Witty Academy for discounts.
JEM are the South African cousin of PME but you can buy their products all over the world. Their nozzles are fantastic, but be careful with the sizing. A JEM #0 is the equivalent of a PME #2 so they come up really big.
Wilton are a USA company but you can buy their products all over the world. Their nozzles are fantastic, but be careful with the sizing again.
Remember it all comes down to preference, you will probably find a brand you love and stick to it. Or, if like me you have acquired different nozzles during your cake career you may find you like different ones from different brands!
For more free tutorials, check out the archives.
Now you are clued up on your nozzle knowledge, why not try out one of the piping tutorials over on the Pretty Witty Academy Site...