A good quality tool can make the difference between a ‘good’ and an ‘amazing’ cake.
It’s so important to do your research before buying. But honestly, it’s so hard to know without using the tool yourself (and let's face it, product reviews can only take you so far…).
So...to save you all the money, trouble and heart-ache, how about you let me do all the hard work for you? *wiggles eyebrows*
In this blog post - and what I hope will become a regular segment on the blog - I’ll be testing and comparing the same tool, but made from two different brands. You'll be sure to hear my opinion about them and it'll allow you to make your own educated decisions when buying or using tools for your cakes (without wasting your hard earned money).
Today I’m doing a side-by-side comparison on two popular piping tip brands - Wilton and Loyal.
We’re going to be heading back to basics - because getting the basics right is hella important - and compare their open star 1M tips.
Surely they’d both produce the same end result right?....right?
Before we dive in and compare tips, let me take you back to the incident that sparked this blog post.
It was the day before my Beginners Buttercream Flower Cupcake Class and - gasp! - I needed an extra 1M piping tip.
I race to my local cake shop just as it was about to close and buy the first 1M piping tip I see. Phew! I drive back home relieved knowing I had enough supplies for the class.
Cut to the next morning in the middle of class. I was demonstrating how to pipe a buttercream rosette, but something about the rosette just didn’t look right…
Amber - I thought to myself - you were probably an idiot and piped the buttercream wrong. Just do it again and just laugh it off in front of the students…
So I piped another rosette...and another. The piped rosettes were all identical. My technique was on point...but they just looked ‘wrong’.
Then I had an ‘a-ha!’ moment.
On closer inspection? Turns out I was using my brand new Loyal 1M piping tip (the tip I had purchased in a hurry the day before class).
I suppose I was being a bit naive in assuming that buying the same named piping tip - but in a different brand - would give me the same end result as my Wilton tips.
Here’s how the piping tips stacked up against each other...
Check out the results! Supposedly they're both sold as the same 1M piping tip, but you get two different results.
Which one should you use? My vote’s for the Wilton 1M piping tip.
Wilton seem to have put a lot of thought into the shape of their piping tip, so decorators can capture the essence and delicate appearance of a rose in just a few simple piped motions. The soft waves and the ‘openness’ of the Wilton rosette is overall more feminine and visually appealing, which makes the Wilton tip a clear winner for me.
I hope you enjoyed these tool comparisons! What other products/brands did you want me to test out for you next? Let me know in the comments below.