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Good for beginners--but no couplers included!
on March 25, 2014
I wanted to pipe icing onto cupcakes for my niece's birthday, versus simply spreading icing onto the cupcakes. This set includes plastic icing bags and four tips--really only one of these tips was big enough for piping icing in a swirl onto the cupcakes. The other tips are good for decorating, not for piping big swirls. Everything included in this set worked fine, however it is a bit of a misnomer to call this a cupcake decorating set. You can't decorate cupcakes with only the items in this set.
The directions somehow suggest that you could use these tips and bags without the white plastic couplers. I discussed with an experienced friend and she said, no, GET THE COUPLERS. I'm very glad I did--this would have been an icing disaster if I hadn't. Even with the couplers, it was still tricky to cut the bags precisely enough to not have icing come out the sides of the connection point between the bag and the tip. The other "issue" is that you need both the normal size couplers (for three out of the four tips included) and you need a large coupler for the larger tip--and thus larger icing bags. So, in order to pipe icing in a swirl onto my cupcakes, I had to also purchase a large coupler and larger pastry bags. No big deal, but just difficult to know before really getting into it with this kit. Hope this helps!