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What is the tip number for swirl icing on a cupcake?

Carol - from Beaver Falls, PA

The tip used for the icing those impressive, high-priced treats at cupcake bakeries, as well as our Daisy Treats or Craving Chocolate Cupcakes on this website is most commonly tip 1M. It’s a large open star tip which allows you to ice many cupcakes in a very short period of time with striking results. Any Open Star Tip, however, can be used to create the swirl. Recently, we’ve also seen large round decorating tips (e.g. – tip 12, 1A or 2A) used to create a swirl with a more “tailored,” sophisticated look.


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