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How to pipe a leaf in 3 easy steps

How to pipe a leaf

Learning how to pipe a leaf is quite simple but if you’re a novice cake decorator or just out of practice, here’s what you need to know.

You need:

  • Buttercream
  • A piping bag
  • A leaf tip. Like a chick’s open beak, the leaf tip is pointy at both ends and looks like a small triangle was cut out of the middle. It looks like this…

    Leaf tip. Photo by Jennifer Melo

    Leaf tip. Photo by Jennifer Melo

How to pipe a leaf

1. With pointed ends of your leaf tip positioned up and down, squeeze the piping bag until you see enough icing to form the wide end of your leaf.

2. Release pressure as you pull the tip towards you, aiming for a triangle shape. Stop squeezing.

3. Gently pull the tip up and away to leave a tapered end.

Got it? No? Watch this and practise your piped leaves.

To make the earthy green colour you see here, I mixed a bit of violet, yellow and leaf green gel food colouring.


2 Comments on How to pipe a leaf in 3 easy steps

  1. Suzy
    May 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm (6 years ago)

    You make it look so easy.

  2. Jen Melo
    May 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Aw, thanks. It is easy, especially after practising a bit. You learn to increase or decrease pressure to make bigger or smaller leaves.


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