There is something so satisfying when you’ve piped the perfect buttercream swirl, but it can sometimes be hard, especially if you are new to cake decorating or new to piping cupcakes to even know which piping tip to choose. Instagram and pinterest are full of beautiful cupcakes with beautiful buttercream swirls, but it can be hard to know which nozzle has created which.

The most popular piping tips people often get when first starting to pipe cupcakes is the 1M which is an open star tip and the 2D which is a closed star tip, but which one do you use for which swirl? In this weeks video I thought I would compare the two so you can see the differences and this will hopefully help you choose the right one the next time you are piping cupcakes.

1m vs 2d piping tips techniques

In the tutorial below I pipe 4 buttercream swirls with both the 1M (in the darker pink) and the 2D (in the lighter pink) . They have a similar style but are slightly different. Looking at a very classic swirl the 1M gives the appearance of an ice cream swirl, with straight edges working up to a point, whereas the 2D creates a more soft, ruffled effect. So it just depend on the type of cupcake you are looking to make and which one you prefer.

1m compared to the 2d piping tip

One really popular style of cupcake is the rosette, made to look like a pretty rose on the top of your cake. Using the two different tips the 2D is definitely my favourite for this effect. As you pipe the rosette from the middle out, the sides of the swirl slightly bend over and look like there are hidden petals on the inside really giving that rose effect.

rosettes with the 1m and 2d piping tips

Take a look at the tutorial below to see all 4 styles and how I piped them. I really hope this will be helpful the next time you are looking to pipe cupcakes and let me know in the comments below which is your favourite.

Also you can find all the recipes I used for my cupcakes and buttercream my tutorials.

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Wilton 1M piping tip:
Wilton 2D piping tip:
Wilton 1M & 2D set:
Piping bags I use:
Raspberry Colour Splash:
Cupcake Cases (similar):

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wilton 1m vs 2d piping tip comparison