Russian Piping Tips

It may be a little late in the season to plant a flower garden but it’s never too late to grow these florals.

You don’t even have to have a green thumb to create these edible flowers and pots.

All you need is a set of Russian piping tips.

russian pipping tips

Throughout this summer I have really discovered the wonder of piping tips.

There are so many tips available that help create such beautiful flowers and petals and I’m finding new ones all the time.

It’s been fun learning and practicing new techniques and methods.

Russian piping tips

My latest obsession is Russian piping tips.

I’ve been seeing these pop up all over Instagram lately and I was intrigued to try them out for myself.

They’re very large compared to a typical piping tip which is about 4 times smaller.

The plates at the opening of these tips are constructed in a way that allows the entire flower to come out of the tip at once.

Each design creates a different type of flower.

These tips are actually quite amazing.

Russian piping tip and flower

Here’s a look at the design face used to create the flowers seen throughout this post.

Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure how the flower would look before I piped it.

However, once the flower was created, I think you can see the shape in the metal face.

I can’t wait to try the other designs so I can see how those flowers turn out.

plastic frosting roll

There’s a pretty neat trick to creating the interior of the flower a different color than the outer floral.

You’ll need to tint two bowls of frosting.

Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the table and slather the lighter shade of frosting on to it.

Then add the darker shade of frosting on top of that lighter layer.

icing in plastic wrap

Grab the edge of the plastic wrap and gently roll the frosting over to connect one side to the other.

This will create a frosting log.

Twist both sides of the plastic to hold the icing in place.

Tie a knot on one end of the plastic and snip the other side with a pair of scissors.

Place the frosting log into the piping bag making sure the clipped end goes in first.

piped flower

Piping out just the right amount of frosting to create the flower will take a little practice.

I piped a few out on a paper plate first just to get the feel of the technique.

Once I got the hang of it, I felt comfortable enough to start adding them to my cupcakes.

edible flower pots

Let me talk a little about these cupcake pots.

I really wanted them to look like terra cotta pots.

The cupcake tin provided to pot-shape but I added chocolate to get the rough, irregular texture and color of terra cotta.

After baking the cupcakes, melt some chocolate wafers (a mix of orange and brown).

Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate onto the cupcake.

piping practice

Add as many flowers as you can to cover the top of the cake.

Don’t worry about any gaps between the flowers.

Those will get filled in the next step.

edible flowers and leaves

Use a leaf piping tip to add leaves wherever there are open spaces or gaps.

Once the leaves are added, I think the cupcake just comes alive.

I used the same leaf tip #69 for leaves that I used for my buttercream peonies.

If you missed that lovely cake with edible flowers you can see that HERE.

edible piped flowers

Like any new skill, this does take a small amount of practice.

I’m sure my next attempt with Russian piping tips will look even better.

I can already imagine how these would look on top of a cake or adorning standard size cupcakes for a party or shower.

Flower gardening has never tasted so good.

edible flowers graphic

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 




  • KC

    Lisa, these are truly incredible! So little effort for something so fancy! Well done!

  • Peggy

    These are adorable! What a great idea for a summer tea or a shower. I love the detail you provide in your posts.

  • jae

    Absolutely incredible! And too pretty (almost)!!! to eat! You have made cupcakes into an art form. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jeanne

    Lisa – Your frosting flowers are perfection but my oh my, you really outdid yourself with those pots…I think you should leave one out to harden and solidify and then put on display. Eating those beautiful creations just won’t do. 🙂

  • Suzanne Kuhns

    My Mom was a professional pastry chef – she’d have loved these! The cupcakes are adorable.

  • [email protected] Designs

    P.S. Your photography is Perfection!!!…Gorgeous!

  • [email protected] Designs

    Oh I LOVE it!…..I think a cake decorating class may be on my New Year’s Resolutions list!

  • laura janning

    yum. these are gorgeous! your photography is always so amazing

  • Regina

    Good morning Lisa.

    This is the most adorable food, and I agree with Marisa “how do we keep from licking our fingers?’ 🙂

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I’ve got an important question!! How do you keep from licking your fingers? I mean with all that delicious looking frosting isn’t it difficult? I know after a while you’d go into sugar overload but the flower pots are adorable!! Lisa, you are doing such a great job!! You are so doggone creative! This would be such a cute idea for a little girls birthday or how about a baby shower or afternoon tea. My gosh anytime!! Have a great day – hope you’re keeping dry 🙂

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