How to Pipe Different Colored Icing without Changing Piping Tip

I discovered this technique on how to pipe different colored icing without changing piping tip by chance when I was decorating my orange cake below.

The cake itself was covered in buttercream and I wanted to decorated it with simple buttercream swirl flowers in orange and yellow.

To pipe the flowers, I used Wilton tip 2D. And I only had one of it (I own more than 1 tip for some other tips which I use more commonly use like round tips number 2 and 3. Had I discovered this technique earlier on, I could have saved on those additional investment!).

This technique is not only useful when you have only one tip in a particular size but also when you do not own many icing coupler to be used for all the many different icing colors in a cake project. This topic is on how to use one tip for many icing colors for tips that do not requireicing coupler . I also have another page written on how to use this techniques for icing tips that require icing coupler and use can read all about it here.

How to Pipe Different Colored Icing without Changing the Piping Tip

So this is basically how the technique works. Say you need to pipe one type of flower (using for example Wilton tip 2D ) in 2 different colors. You would probably start and finish piping the flowers in one color first and then remove all icing from the piping bag before removing the tip out of it and dropping it into another piping bag that will be then be used to fill a different colored icing. Isn't it a hassle to be removing and filling icing just to transfer the piping tip from one bag to another? And imagine if you have to pipe the same flower in many different colors (two is still not too bad but I think anything more than 3 is a real hassle!).

And that was exactly the situation I faced when I decorated my orange cake above. The piping tip I used did not have a coupler, and therefore, I had to drop it directly into my piping bag and fill it with icing. Since I wanted to use the same tip for both the orange and yellow flowers, technically, I would have had to finish piping all the yellow ones, remove all the remaining yellow icing from the piping bag, remove the piping tip and then, I would have had to fit the piping tip into another clean piping bag and fill it with orange icing for the orange flowers. Imagine the hassle!

So this idea came to mind. I used 3 piping bags in total. One was fitted with the piping tip, and the other 2 were filled with orange and yellow tinted buttercream each.

And when I started with the yellow flowers, I simply snipped the end of the piping bag and inserted it into the bag that was already fitted with my piping tip.

And then I piped my yellow flowers until I had enough numbers to decorate my cake. 

And when I was done with the yellow flowers, I removed the yellow icing bag and placed the orange icing filled one into the bag that had my piping tip in.

Removing my yellow icing filled piping bag.
My orange icing filled piping bag has replaced the yellow one.

When you pipe the next color, all you need to do is squeeze out the remaining former color before piping the next color flowers. And you will notice when you use this technique that there is not much residue of the previous color icing in the piping tip so it actually saves on icing too.


And that is my technique on how to pipe different colored icing without changing the piping tip. This really saved me the hassle of transferring the piping tip from one piping bag to another when I was decorating my orange cake above.

I have used a similar technique on how to pipe different colored icing when I decorated my flowers in the pond cake, but the circumstance for that cake was that I used an icing coupler for my piping tip. And this technique saved me the hassle of having to fit each piping bag with an icing coupler. See how I did it here.

Hope you find this sharing useful.


Happy Decorating :)



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