The star sockets

Star pastry shells for dessert decoration

There are two types of star tips, open and closed.

As the name suggests, the open star tip has an open end with finely cut teeth. It is ideal when you want to pocket star-shaped designs, rosettes and borders.

Closed star pastry cases create a more pronounced texture than open star pastry cases as the ridges are tighter.

How do I use star sockets to create star-shaped decorations?

Hold the piping bag with the star tip and hold it perpendicular to the surface you plan to poach on. Apply even pressure to the piping bag, spooning a small amount of icing on top. Release the pressure on the piping bag before removing the tip, creating a star. 

How to use the star pastry cases to create rosettes?

Equip a piping bag with the star tip of your choice. Hold it about an inch from the surface you plan to make rosettes on. Start in the center and press the piping bag evenly, creating a "star" of icing in the middle; this is the center of the rosette. Without moving away from the surface, continue to pipe circles with even pressure until you close the outer circle. Decrease the pressure on the piping bag when you reach the end of the rosette. An open or closed star tip allows you to create different petal effects. Larger star sockets are suitable for cupcakes where you plan to make a single rosette on top or poach on larger surfaces, such as a cake.

Star pastry case

How to create shells with a star pastry case?

Hold the piping bag at a slight angle (about 45°) to the surface you plan to poach. Apply steady, even pressure until a "fan" forms in front of the sleeve and turns slightly in on itself. Release the pressure as you pull the sleeve away and move it toward the surface, creating a tail. If you are creating a border, pocket the next shell near the tip, and let the shell form and cover the tail.

Play, explore and discover a lot more possibilities with these star sockets. You can create pretty hearts or rose-shaped meringues. The possibilities are almost endless!

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