Fantastic Find: Ateco Ruffle Tips

I love when "fun" meets up with "easy." And these ruffle tips are that perfect pairing. When I first got them, I couldn't think of a reason to use them....and after I tried them out....I couldn't stop wishing I had more reasons to use them!

The basic idea behind ruffle tips is that they are shaped all totally weird so that the icing is pushed in such a way that ruffles are automatically created as you squeeze the icing out of the piping bag. You know, because moving your hand up and down to make ruffles is SO last year.

I couldn't find a chart that shows what all of the ruffle tips look like, so I was really excited to try them out with some left over icing. The top line of ruffles is what each tip looks like if you just squeeze and move your had from left to right. The bottom line of ruffles is what each tip looks like when you move the piping tip up and down like you normally would to make ruffles. As you can see...there's not a lot of difference between the two! All you have to do is squeeze your piping bag and you get these automatic ruffles! And HOW COOL are those layers of ruffles??!! Tip #040 is my favorite. I just love the little ridge on the very bottom of the ruffles!

I'm not very good at *stopping* piping ruffles though, as you can see from the picture above. I've tried these a few times and can't quite figure out what I'm supposed to do when it comes to the end of the ruffle. Right now, I use a scribe tool to kind of round the edge...but if any of you know how you're supposed to stop -- tell me!

Because these tips create all that gorgeous texture, they should be used with a thick consistency of icing. So if you're using royal icing, make sure to add extra corn syrup to keep the icing from getting super hard and inedible. I think these tips were originally designed to be used with butter cream icing on cakes. Because of that, they are a little on the big side for cookies....which kind of limits your options for using them in designs. I would LOVE to see these made in smaller, more cookie-sized tips!!

As much fun as these tips are to use, how often do you pipe ruffles on cookies? I can pretty much only think of dresses or baby bedding. I tried it out on a ruffled variation of Sugarbelle's Bowing Ballerina cookie and LOVE LOVE the way it turned out! I also tried using tip #040 to pipe a skirt. It turned out looking almost exactly like a hula skirt. So even though I was using orange icing, I had to finish it out that way. (And before you ask -- my icing is super shiny because I piped these cookies 3 minutes before taking the picture! The icing isn't even close to dry yet.) (And please don't judge the weirdness that is my hula girl. Against all advice... I rushed art.)

You can get similar looks with other, smaller tips. I usually use a rose tip for much smaller and more simple ruffles. But if you want to get that layered look or taller ruffles...there really is no substitute for ruffle tips!! Unless of course you don't ever pipe ruffles.

Bottom line: I LOVE using these tips!!! I really wish they were more readily available so I could just impulse-purchase them at my favorite decorating store. You can get them for about $3-$5. For that price, I will definitely be buying a few more designs to try out!

Want to try them out yourself? Just click that Easy Entry button below before midnight on Friday, June 3, 2016 for your chance to win a 4-piece set of Ateco Ruffle Tips. (I hate that they call it a 4 piece set because you're really only getting THREE tips...and a coupler.)

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Have you tried ruffle tips? Do you love them or hate them? Which one is your favorite?

You can get the 4 piece Ateco Ruffle Tip Set HERE
Or grab just my favorite -- Tip #040 HERE
Or try this 7 piece set made by a different brand HERE.

How to Make Decorated Ruffle Bunting Cookies (with BUTTER CREAM!!)

Ruffle bunting decorated sugar cookies -- tutorial

You know what I really love?

If you said bright colors and candy AND candy that is brightly colored -- you would be right.

And if you said going to sleep at night because I have nothing else to do and not waking up until morning -- you would also be right. (You also have a fantastic imagination...because I don't think that actually happens in real life.)

But if you said growing a garden or trying to make my own cheese...actually, you know what? You would still be right.

I would also accept water. Either to drink or to play on or in. And Chaco sandals. And melted cheese chips. (Let's not call them "nachos" because some people might think that I mean that fake cheese dipping sauce and I definitely do not mean that.) And organizing bins that you can't see into. And the month of August.

Okay! I get it. I like a lot of things. I'm a liker. It's just who I am. What's so awful about liking things anyway?

One more thing that I like -- ZERO PRESSURE environments. Like butter cream. Butter cream loves you no matter what you do. It gives you a near endless number of tries to "get it right." You can put it on a cookie or eat it with a spoon. (Let's not even pretend that we don't do that.) And when it comes out looking all "textured" and "rustic" it loves you even more because THAT'S WHAT IT WAS MEANT TO BE.

Why in the world is decorated cookies with butter cream not more of a thing?! It's pure deliciousness and the PERFECT excuse to forget about perfection!! I'm going to make this happen. (Not like the pear revolution. Where were you guys on that one?!? I thought we were friends, but you left me standing there all alone pushing my own pear movement. Except Kim. She was there with me. You kind of owe me on this butter cream thing. Just try it once. You won't be sorry.) 

Butter cream is absolutely ideal for these flowers and the ruffled bunting. You can *totally* make them with royal icing...but since it requires a thick consistency...they basically crawled into my bed at night with their cold little feet and wouldn't leave until I promised to make them with butter cream. And since I can't say no to butter they are.  And then I made you a video so you could make some too. Because you're going to, right? Right guys?


Did you see that gorgeous scribe tool?! Want one?! Tami of Tami Rena's Designs gave it to me AND she wants to give one to THREE of you as well!! Just click that Easy Entry button below by midnight on Wednesday, June 1, 2016!

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I used THESE CIRCLE CUTTERS for the cookie and for the guidelines. (Each cookie is half of a circle.) Grab some ROSE TIPS and some STAR SPRINKLES.

The VANILLA VARIATION is my favorite cookie recipe with butter cream.

I know you're going to can get the COOKIE SWIVEL HERE.

How to Pipe an Icing Rope

Learn how to pipe an icing rope for decorated nautical sugar cookies

Wanted: Laundry-doing person.

Must be able to put clothes in the washing machine and start it on a regular basis. And by "regular basis" I mean more than once or twice a month. Every day is ideal. Knowledge of washing temperatures is a plus, but really - if you can shove the clothes in that thing, somehow manage to add soap and press "start"- I won't complain.

Transferring clothes to the dryer before they mold is negotiable but preferred. Helping the cleaned clothing find its way home while pretending that the rest of my house is in perfect condition is an absolute requirement. A signed confidentiality agreement will be signed regarding the state of the kitchen before work or payment can occur.

Payment to be made in decorated cookies- payable on Saturday mornings or in chocolate cookie dough - payable on Tuesday evenings.

Or you could just come over and talk to me while I avoid doing laundry altogether. Or starting cookies. I'm okay with that too. No need to be all formal about it.  Sometimes things are just better when they are simple. Like piping an icing rope. I always complicate it in my brain...but as it turns's actually pretty straightforward.

Learn how to pipe an icing rope for decorated nautical sugar cookies

1. Use thick icing to pipe a backwards "S" shape. could do a regular "S" shape too... but it's somehow easier for me to see it as a shape instead of a letter when I do it backwards. And really...this shape is all there is to piping a rope.
2. Do you see that little notch on the bottom of the "S" shape? Pipe another "S" shape starting inside that notch.
3. Keep doing that until your rope is as long as you need it to be. Or until you get tired. Either way. Once I've pipe 2 or 3 "S" shapes, I try to line up the beginning of the next "S" shape with the end of the one before the one I just finished piping. So...I line up the beginning of the THIRD "S" shape with the end of the FIRST "S" shape. Does that make sense?

Or I am confusing you more as I continue to try to explain it? Would you rather just see it happen? I thought that maybe you I made you a video, because I'm thoughtful like that. And also because I like videos more than I like laundry.


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Learn how to pipe an icing rope for decorated nautical sugar cookies