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Russian Ruffle Ball Tips

Vanessa Meloy

So, last week everyone was raving over these very cool Russian Ruffle Ball Tips.

I got some in, and made sure there was an extra set for me so I could see what the fuss was about!

Before I get into the Russian Ruffle Ball Tips, I also tried a new buttercream recipe
today.  All last week at Stockland Baldivis I showed my terrible sales-person skills by
talking everyone out of ready-made buttercream, explaining that if you have time, there is nothing better (or nicer to use) than home-made buttercream.  I then proceeded to explain how I make it off the top of my head - which lets face it, wasn't a great idea!  Well, I'm happy to say I was having a look through the Wilton Beginners Guide and realised the recipe on page 4 was basically the same as the recipe I use (yay).  So today I used the exact recipe in the book and it was stiff, great for piping and (most importantly) delicious!  Mine is basically the same although I use cream (at room temp) instead of milk and scale it up a bit more because who would only ever need only 3 cups of buttercream (Wilton fail!)...

 


 

 

The other new thing worth mentioning was the gel colours I used today.  Just before starting at Stockland Baldivis, I got some new Rainbow Dust gels in.  They come in a convenient squeezy tube (which means no more toothpicks and fiddly mess) and with a ratio of 2g to 1 kg of buttercream or fondant they are very vibrant.  

 

On with the piping show... how did I go?  They were indeed a lot of fun to use.  Like everything, there is a knack but these were my first attempts.  The buttercream maybe could have done with another tablespoon of cream or milk to loosen it up ever so slightly more.  I discovered that I had more luck when I twisted the cupcake rather than my piping hand.   I also learnt that buttercream for lunch is not a good idea... oops (but it was so delicious ha ha...)

Here are the end results - really pretty, ruffled cupcakes.  I'm sure my next attempt will be better again, and I've seen some neat things done, like making them into flowers.  I also ran out of buttercream (Wilton... 3 cup batches aren't enough...) so there are still 3 unused tips which I might have a play with next week ahead of Easter.  If you are interested in getting your own set of Russian Ruffle Ball Tips, check out the Dapper Wrapper website www.dapperwrapper.com.au!  I've also included a YouTube clip of someone who knows what they are doing with them!...


 

 

Here's someone who knows what they are doing!...

 

 

https://youtu.be/YQZEf5-xONM 

  



And someone else with a great idea on how you can produce a flower like look, freeze them, then place them on your cupcake or cake!... https://youtu.be/QcZkmFFyUAk

 

 


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Here are my first attempts just for some fun.  Definitely need a lot more practice but enjoyed myself.  This first pic was my absolute first go.  You can see the piping tip was trying to do it's job and I wasn't doing it any justice ha ha..


From there I tried a different one. Towards the end you can see I'm getting the hang of it :)...



And then, I ran out of pink :(...



My first attempt at the orange left much to be desired, but it ended up being my favourite tip so far!...

 



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