Easy Shell Border – How To Pipe Buttercream

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The shell border is the most popular piped decoration for any occasion cake. It’s also possibly one of the easiest ways to add a little needed flair to any cake edge. Have an uneven edge, or need to cover up where your multiple tiered cakes meets in the middle? Try the simple Shell Border.
To complete this technique you can use any size tip; as well as, any style of tip (Star variation or Round variations). With these three simple steps you’ll be on your way to stylish cakes!
Step 1: Using a medium-stiff consistency buttercream, squeeze using firm pressure till you make a ball on your cake.
Step 2: Stop applying pressure and slightly drag your piping tip and bag until you almost have a teardrop shape
Step 3: Place your tip and bag at the base of the teardrop and squeeze by repeating steps 1 and 2. (Note: do not place your tip too close to the first shell. As you apply pressure and release buttercream, you will need space).
This border is best used on any cake or design. It is the best and easiest technique to make your cake look detailed.