How To Decorate with the Leaf Tip

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Hello, again! Welcome back for another exciting adventure into the world of cake decorating. If not exciting, I hope you at least find it mildly interesting. This time around, we are going to be having fun with leaf tips!

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Leaf Tip Basics

I’ll be using two shapes of leaf tip. One tip is shaped like a “V” at the end; one is shaped like an “M.” For today’s demonstrations I will be using pink frosting with the M-shaped leaf tip and blue with the V-shaped tip.

You may be familiar with the classic use of the leaf tip already. With a little squeeze and pull, you can make a perfect little bit foliage. With your V-shaped tip, you want to make sure you are holding it like a bird beak to get the leaf to come out right. With the other tip, you want to turn the tip 90 degrees and hold it so you can see the M shape from the top.

Both do the job well, as you can see, but I usually use the V-shaped tip because the pointy tips of the leaves turn out nicer, with less fuss.

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Leaf Tip Ruffles

So, what is there beyond making leaves for these little tips? How about ruffles! We can do swag-style ruffles or thick frilly ruffles.  To make the classic swag shape, you just load up that leaf tip and draw some “C” shapes.  I tend to do swag ruffles with the M-shaped tip. It’s not a huge difference, but I think the edges are a little thinner and lighter looking. What’s that you ask, why not use a rose tip? Well, sure, you could, but when you use a leaf tip, you get a little frilly edge to both sides of your ruffle. Wow! Now with extra prettiness!

To do the wide ruffle band, you hold the tip like you would if you were going to make a leaf and then make small, side-to-side motions. Pretend you are scribbling with a crayon. The wider your side-to-side motions, the wider and frillier your ruffles with be.

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Leaf Tip Cupcake Ruffle

Now that we’ve talked about some ways to pipe, let’s talk about how to use these ideas for projects. To create a ruffle look on a cupcake, use your side-to-side squiggle to add a ruffled edge. Once you get all the way around, do it again, this time making a slightly smaller circle. Repeat the process once more to cover the top of your cupcake. Now you have a cupcake fit for a princess. Wouldn’t it look nice finished with a few candy pearls?

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Leaf Tip VS. Rose Tip

But, why not use a rose tip? Well, yes, you could… check out that photo. It’s not a huge difference, but the rose tip has a more even, flower-petal appearance, whereas the leaf tip is more irregular and frilled.

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Leaf Tip Carnation Cupcake

Let’s do another cupcake project. If you turn you tip 90 degrees and use it sideways, you can create a whole new look. Just wave the tip back and forth, making lots of little folds. Try not to go in circles or in a straight line. Make small clusters here and there as you work your way across the cupcakes. The end result has a carnation look. Imagine a bouquet of these in lots of pretty colors!

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Leaf Tip Flower

Speaking of carnations… let’s make a flower! Get out that flower nail for this one. Start with just making a base like you would when making a rose. Start in the middle. On top of your frosting base, make small concentric circle like you would when making a rose. Give your hand a tiny bit of shake to get the edges frilled. You can stop and start at any point. The frilliness with hide any parts where the ruffles aren’t connected. Keep working your way out in the same way as making a rose.

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Leaf Tip Flowers and Border

I placed my flowers onto a cake that I had already piped leaf tip swag borders onto. This cake reminded me of an arts and crafts project, more specifically sewing. I finished it off with some “stitching” vines to give it that artsy look.

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Leaf Tip Feather Boa Boarder

Well, let’s give the pink a rest, shall we? Let’s get out that V-shaped tip. I wanted to do something a little more wild this time. I have a cake I’ve prepared with a cheetah print in blue.  Girl’s night out, anyone? For this cake, a leaf tip will make a terrific feather boa border. Pick pretty much any color (I would avoid green, as it might look like a wreath) and start piping. Make lots of leaves going in lots of directions. You want them to go up, down, left, right. Think fluffy feathers! It might start out strange in the beginning but stick with it. Once you get all the way around, you’ll be rewarded. Try doing this with different shades of the same color to give it real pizzazz.

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Leaf Tip Ruffle Cake

For our last project let’s make one more cake.  Load up a bag with frosting and an M-shaped leaf tip. You’ll want to ice your cake first, in a color that matches your outside color for best results. Making these ruffles, it will be hard to completely hide what color is underneath. Using the technique for making those flat ruffles, start at the bottom of your cake and pipe a squiggly line up to the top. Make sure you go all the way up and past the top edge a bit. In the photo, I’ve made some ruffles with a tight wiggle pattern and some less wiggly. As you can see, the amount of shake you put into your piping really affects the look of your ruffle. Continue piping ruffles around the entire cake. Once you are all the way around, you can go back and knock all those points down toward the center if they aren’t already.  The next step is to finish the top with ruffles. It works in the same manner as the cupcake we did earlier. Simply pipe a circle of ruffles on the outside edge. Then repeat again and again in overlapping circles. And now you have a super ruffle cake! Add a flower or two, or a tiara! It’s so easy – just let the leaf tip do all the work.

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I hope you have fun and find ways to expand on the ideas we talked about. And I hope that lonely little leaf tip makes it out of the tool kit more often. With a little imagination, it’ll be a MVP in no time.

Amanda
Cake Designer
Coborn’s, Sartell, MN on Pine Cone Road

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Simply Spooky – DIY Halloween Floral Arrangements

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Fall is here! The leaves are turning colors and the nights are getting cooler. I love the warm colors of autumn and as I drive through the back country roads, I see fields of pumpkins and make a mental note as to where they are. Each year my family picks a new pumpkin patch to visit and after we find that perfect pumpkin, we begin the carving. Everyone loves creating their unique jack-o-lantern for Halloween; some are cute and some are scary and they are all very cool.

With that creepy, scary holiday right around the corner, we have a fall crazy daisy bouquet available for the month of October for only $4.99 and you’re saving $3.00 from the original cost of $7.99. They are long lasting flowers that have a great pop of color. You can arrange them in so many different ways like: in a pumpkin, a painted tin can, a seasonal tumbler or a vase. You can give them as gifts to your friends, relatives, daycare providers or even a co-worker. It’s an inexpensive way to make someone’s day or you can just treat yourself to a bouquet and create your own masterpiece. Here are 4 simple steps to make the arrangements shown in this blog.

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  • Place water soiled piece of green floral foam into tumbler cups.
  • Cut crazy daisy stems to desired length. (Note: These do not need to be cut underwater or at an angle, just simply cut with a scissor.)
  • Place stems in green floral foam to create desired arrangement.

Did you know that Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday, with Christmas being the first? With that being said, I invite you to check out our Halloween giftware, fall mums and bouquets. We have a lot of fun Halloween goodies here at Coborn’s!

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I hope you take time to enjoy this season with friends and family. If nothing else, take a drive with your windows down and enjoy the colorful trees and the beauty that surrounds us. Maybe stop at Coborn’s and pick up a pumpkin to carve or set out on your step. Have a Spooktackular Halloween!

Dar
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5 fun ways decorate with a star tip

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It has a lot of points, it comes in many sizes, it usually only does one job, but it does it well. What is it? A star tip! This time around I’m going to share 5 little things you can do with your star tip, I’ll be using a number 22, if you are wondering. Also, sometimes the tips come with the points all pointing inward, almost touching. I always jam a pen or stick in there to flair them out. The frosting comes out much more full and puffy. Just don’t use your finger! The points are sharp and you may instantly regret the decision. You’re going to have to trust me on this one.

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1. Fantasy flowers. Here’s a secret. Fantasy flowers are decorator code for “I know these don’t actually look like a flower you find in nature but I think they look pretty so I’m going to do it anyway.” I did one of these cupcakes with long, drawn out stars. Just squeeze and pull back. The other I did by making shell shapes that all meet in the middle. Isn’t that more fun than the usual blob of frosting on top? Then you finish off with a round tip to make the center of the flower.

How to make a Cookie Sheep and 4 other fun ways to decorate with a star tip! www.cobornsblog.com2. These little sheep cookies would be so cute at a baby shower. Or make some up in the spring! Using your little star tip you just make small circular motions, covering the surface with puffy fluffiness. Draw on the face with a round tip and dot your eyes. I have also made these on upside down cupcakes, equally adorable.

 

 

 

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3. Monster face! The best part about this idea is there is no wrong way. You can draw long drawn out fur, short push star style or small swirls. You can sweep the hair up, down, over the eye… You get to be a hairstylist with frosting. Finish your face by making crazy eyes and a creepy smile with your round tip. You can decorate cookies, cupcake tops, or even a cake.

 

 

 

 

How to make a Basket Weave look without the work! And 4 other fun ways to decorate with the star tip! www.cobornsblog.com4. The “not really basket weave but at a distance might fool your friends” idea. So doing basket weave can be time consuming. Don’t get me wrong, it looks great, but it’s definitely an upper level skill when done correctly. Here’s an idea for giving the same woven look in a fraction of the time. Start at the bottom of your iced cake. Do a shell border in the clockwise direction. Once you’ve gone all the way around do a shell border above that in the counter clockwise direction. Try to line up the puffy part of the shell with the tail of the shell below it. Think of it as laying brick. Continue your borders all the way up the side of your cake to create the basket weave look.

5. Borders! Yeah, I’m sure you were thinking this would be some mind blowing, original idea. Well, guess what. It’s time to leave that push star border behind. Yeah, I’m looking at you. You want to decorate? Good. Let’s get you making a real border and not one of them frosting pile caterpillar borders!

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A basic shell border is made of… shells! Ok, that wasn’t much of a shock. The part to master is the shape and how you connect them into a border. Yes, there are shell tips, it looks like a half star, but I don’t use them anymore. I was confused on my first day on the job. How could I make shell borders without shell tips?! Feeling silly I was told to use the star tip and I haven’t looked back. I think the borders look so nice and full with a star tip. Plus later on, when you want to get fancy, you can make more ornate shell borders.

How to make a shell border with a star tip. And four more ways to decorate with a star tip! www.cobornsblog.comTo make a nice little shell first make sure you are holding the tip at the correct angle, go for about 45 degrees. If you are making your border from left to right have the opening facing to the left, this is assuming you are right handed. Now give a squeeze. The frosting will flow out. When the puff is the size you want you pull and move your hand to the right at the same time releasing the pressure. This should cause a tapering effect on the end of your shell. Basically you are making a puff and a tail, over and over. Practice making little puffs first. When they look like the individual puffs in the photo, try linking them together. Make a puff, draw out a little tail, then the trick is to give a little push/flick to the left while beginning the squeeze for the next shell. This should make the puff over lap the tail you just made previously. Puff to tail, puff to tail, puff to tail, over and over.

Without the little tapering tail your border will start to look like a conga line of shells.  Look at the side shot of the borders. See how in the second to the top row the puffs are just in a big piggy back pile? Try to make borders like the bottom two rows. The piggy back look tends to get taller and taller, sometimes leaning over. If you find you are just making a wavy frosting pile you need to work on squeezing and relaxing as you go to create the contrast between shells. It will make your border look much more professional. And don’t feel bad! It’s a good start, you just need more practice!

From there you can make so many variations. Big puffs and very long tails, 2 puffs and a tail, the scroll border! the reversing scroll border! and beyond!

I hope you try a few ideas out or at least practice your borders. Remember, you don’t need all the tips in the store. Just a few tried and true favorites and some creativity.

Amanda
Coborn’s Cake Decorator
Sauk Rapids, MN

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How to use the round icing tip

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I would like to share a secret with you. I don’t like specialty tips. I can’t make those push flower tips work right. There’s an endless list of fancy tips with strange shaped ends that I throw in a little tiny junk drawer in my tip tool box. Sure, once in awhile when I’m feeling a little crazy I might test one out, but in the end I always go back to my favorites; Rounds, stars, basket weave, and a leaf.

For this little talk I’d like to tell you all about my most trusted tips. The round tips! So many sizes, but in the end, let’s face it – it’s just a tube with a round hole in the end. I’d like to show you some of the most basic and classic things you can pipe with these guys. And I know right now some people are saying, “But I can’t draw!” We’ll get to that and you’ll see it’s actually pretty simple once you break it down.

So, without further ado let’s begin our little lesson featuring the humble workhorse of the tip drawer, the round tip!

Go-to Round Tip Sizes

The top 4 go-to round tip sizes and how to use them in many different ways. www.cobornsblog.comToday I’m going to be using 4 sizes of tips, sizes 1, 3, 7, and 10.  The larger the number, the larger the hole in the end of the tip. There are, of course, sizes in between but the difference between a 6 and 7 or a 3 or a 4 isn’t really much when you are starting out.  A size 1 is good for tiny details like dots and strings. The 3 is the one I use to write with the most, along with drawing lines, vines, small flowers. A 7 is good for piping medium sized figures and shapes and if I’m writing on a large cake I could use this one. The 10 is great for balloons, polk-a-dots, and piping large figures. You can see from the picture the nice range of size you can get with these four sizes.

Three Basic Shapes

You can make three basic shapes with the round tip that will help you create almost anything. www.cobornsblog.comWhen piping borders or shapes or even complex drawings you use 3 basic shapes. A line, a dot, and a teardrop shape. All of these shapes can be combined to create endless designs. Here you can see those along with the bubble border. On the surface it seems simple enough, but the trick to piping is to avoid those little tails sticking up in the air. Take a look at the next image to see the right way and wrong way to make a dot.

How to make a Dot

The right way and the wrong way to make a dot with the round tip. www.cobornsblog.comLet’s start with making a dot. First you just aim and squeeze. Keep the tip close to the surface of your cake, holding the tip at a 90 degree angle.  You want to put the frosting in the precise spot, not let it fall where it wants. Remember, you are the boss here. Apply pressure until your dot is the desired size, hold the tip steady; as your dot grows you may need to lift the tip up, but just slightly since you don’t want to make a cone.  When it’s the size you want stop squeezing, after the flow has stopped give a very small circular flick of the tip. This will take care of that little peak that gets left behind otherwise. If you still have a point on top, let the frosting sit for a bit, and when it firms you can tap it down. However, if you are covering a cake in dots it can be a time saver to not have to go back and fix each one.

How to make a Teardrop

How to make a teardrop shape with a round tip. www.cobornsblog.comFor the teardrop shape it ‘s a similar motion. This time, however, you want to hold your tip at a 45 degree angle. Make your little frosting dot the desired size, then as you let off the pressure you are applying, pull a little tail out across your surface. Depending on how much pressure you are still applying you can make as short or long a tail as you want.  The important part is the initial frosting blob you make, otherwise you are just drawing a line. You will use this teardrop technique a lot when icing your cakes.

How to draw a Balloon

How to draw a balloon with a round tip. www.cobornsblog.comI think we are ready to start drawing the basics. Let’s start with balloons. Balloons are 3 simple shapes. The round dot, a long line for string, and the little teardrop shape for the reflection. (That little white dot does wonders in making your balloon look extra awesome.)  Simply pipe a dot, I prefer the size 10 round, then using a size 1 make you string. Finally, use the same size 1 to make the little teardrop white reflection on the balloon. That wasn’t too hard! Note: if you are having trouble with the size 1 for the string a 3 works, too, I just really like skinny strings. If the line is breaking while drawing you may be trying to draw your line too fast. If it’s getting too squiggled then you may need to squeeze a bit more gently or move your drawing hand faster.

How to draw a Heart

How to make a heart with the round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comA heart! For anytime you need to tell someone you love them. It’s much easier, and faster, just to pipe one than trying to draw it out. It’s 2 teardrop shapes. Just have an imaginary line on the cake where you are going to put it. Then have the tails of the drops angle towards each other, meeting on the way down. That’s about all there is to it!

How to draw a Daisy

How to draw a Daisy with a round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comNow, let’s get a little more fancy – daises. Start with a circle. If you need to, you can use a little cookie cutter, a small cup, a film canister (ok, the chances of you having one of those may be slim) and mark a little circle as a guide. Then start making your teardrop shapes with the big end starting on the line of the circle, pulling in the middle. It’s okay if the center where they meet is a little ugly, we’ll cover it up. Once you have all your petals you put a dot in the middle. You can use a size 3 round and make itty bitty flowers or a size 10 for giant ones. I usually use a 7 for these. For simple leaves you can use, once again, your round tip! Make more teardrop shapes, but this time have the big end start near the flower and pull outward. Instant cute little leaves! Extra bonus: Make your flowers with just a few big petals in bright colors for a groovy look. For a more natural look use a smaller size tip with 8 or so petals in a color you find in nature. Play with the length of the petals too; have some fun!

How to draw a Butterfly

How to draw a butterfly with a round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comAfter this you can let your imagination go. Take, for example, this butterfly. I broke it down into the basic shapes. The wings are teardrop shapes, made like you would make a heart. Then pipe skinny lines for antennae and a thicker line for the body. With this method you can draw so much more than you think.

The Sky is the Limit

Try making these great shapes with your round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comYou can create all of these characters with the round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comOnce you practice a bit you can use different sized tips. Mix big butterflies with little butterflies for variety.  Draw a big ladybug with a trail of baby ladybugs. Drawing with a 3 or 1 round is a little different, so make sure you do a test on a surface that isn’t your cake.
Think about what you want to draw and then look at the shapes involved. In their most basic forms everything can be broken down to lines, circles, and drops. You can stack shapes and give your piping extra depth. By changing the pressure you apply you can affect the sizes without even having to change tips. When someone comes in with a request for, let’s say.. a guy floating in an inner tube surrounded by alligators, I don’t panic. I just see a bunch of circles and lines.

Practice up, folks. Next time we meet we’ll do a little creative writing lesson. Stop plopping boring writing on your beautiful cakes. Make it part of the design! I’ll share some of my favorite “fonts” to write with.

 

– Amanda
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Spring DIY

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Hello, everyone! Spring is finally on its way and what a wonderful time of year! The green grass is starting to grow, flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to bud and we can finally go outside without coats, mittens, hats, scarves and boots. It’s also a great time to bring the joy of spring inside with cheerful Easter centerpieces. Remember Easter is Sunday, April 20th this year!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”-Robin Williams

Colorful Spring Centerpiece

Let’s start with a bright and colorful ”Egg-stra” Special Easter Centerpiece.

 You will need:

  • Large glass vase
  • Cylinder vase that fits inside the large glass vase
  • Individually wrapped chocolate Easter egg candies (jelly beans would work, too)
  • Various colored peeps (bunnies or chicks)
  • Artificial Gerber daisies or your favorite spring flower
  • Easter grass

Directions:

1. Wash both glass vases. Place the cylinder vase into the large glass vase. You can use duct tape or putty to hold the cylinder vase in the center of the large vase so it does not move.
2. Next, add layers of sweets in the space between the two bowls.

  • Layer 1 – Individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs
  • Layer 2 – Four Peeps (stuck together in a row) in the large vase above chocolate eggs. Face Peeps outward. Keep adding Peeps around the entire inside of the vase. Stuff candies or Easter grass behind the Peeps to hold them in place if needed.
  • Choose another color of Peeps and begin another layer. Again, add candy or grass to hold in place. Continue layering until your large vase is filled.

I bought some colorful artificial Gerber Daisies at a local craft store and put them in the small glass bowl make sure they are tall enough to hang out over the top, but not too tall if it is in the center of your table while people are eating. Add a touch of Easter grass in between the flowers to hold the flowers in place.

3. Arrange flowers and Easter grass in cylinder vase

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You will need:

  • 2 square glass bowls
    (small glass bowl needs to fit inside large glass bowl with enough room to fill in-between the layers with candy)
  • Green styrofoam block
  • Pink Gerber daisies
    (artificial or real)
  • Light pink flowers
  • Pink Peep bunnies
    (2 packages of 12)
  • Pink ribbon with white polka dots
  • Straight wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Light green paper Easter grass
  • Easter candy

 Directions:

  1. Cut styrofoam to fit in the smaller square glass bowl. Arrange dark and light pink flowers; poking the stems of the tallest flowers in the center and shorter ones around the perimeter.
  2. Poke each Peep with a piece of wire and poke the wire into the styrofoam.
  3. Create your favorite type of bow with ribbon. Attach the bow onto a piece of wire and poke it into the styrofoam.
  4. Place the small glass bowl in large glass bowl. Add light green Easter grass to the bottom. Add a layer of Peeps to go around the sides of the glass bowl. Add individually wrapped candy or jellybeans to hold Peeps in place. Continue around your vase until it is full.

 

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Carrot Snack Bags

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  • Clear triangle-shaped bags (cake decorating bags work great!)
  • Orange-colored snacks
  • Green ruffled ribbon

My grandson, Payten, and I put together some carrot-shaped treats to decorate the plates for Easter dinner. I bought some clear triangle-shaped bags from a local craft store. I held the bag while Payten filled them with gold fish crackers and tied the tops with a green ruffled ribbon to make them look like the tops of a carrot. You also can use cheese balls, but remember that they can get a little messy and then you might have to lick your fingers. It was a lot of fun to do this project with Payten, except when he kept eating the gold fish crackers!

Wishing that your Easter is decorated with the love, peace and joys of spring!
Happy Easter!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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