Standard Pastry Tip #78. Cake decorating tips are used for piping icing letters, lines, garlands, scrolls, flowers and leaves onto cakes and pastries. Depending on how the decorating tip is cut, different icing textures can be achieved. Use open star decorating tips to create drop flowers. Use closed star decorating tips to create grooved shells, stars and fleur de lys. Use basket weave icing tips to create smooth and ribbed stripes and ribbons. Use ruffle tips to create plain, fluted, and shell borders. Use petal tips to create flower petals, ruffles and bows. Use multi opening tips to create rows, string clusters, beads, stars and scallops. Use standard open tips for borders, lettering and dots. The creative possibilities with icing are endless with cake decorating tips. Let's get you decorating!