Haniela's: Practicing Piping With Royal Icing, Using Simple Templates

Monday, September 2, 2013

Practicing Piping With Royal Icing, Using Simple Templates



Piping intricate patterns is not exactly like riding a bicycle. At least for me it is not. I can't pick up where I stopped and left my bike.  I need to practice to keep good at it.
I lost a track a bit, and since I wanted to make some pretty cookies inspired by henna designs I decided to practice a little, I made some templates and I got to work.
 
Below you'll find couple of templates I used to practice my piping before I moved onto cookies.








Piping  With Royal Icing
  • For me personally, THE MOST important thing is the royal icing consistency. Too thick, you are risking your hand cramping up. Icing that is too thin, icing won't hold its shape.
  • Icing should be about toothpaste consistency, or little thicker so to it holds the shape better but is easy to push out.
  • To learn how to thin the icing to desired consistency visit this post - How to Thin The Royal Icing To Desired Consistency.
  • To pipe you can use piping bags fitted with piping tips, bottles fitted with piping tips or you can use a sandwich bag like I do. I've used piping bags fitted with tips for number of years and I still occasionally use them. Use what ever you are most comfortable with.
  • To pipe you can use piping bags fitted with piping tips, bottles fitted with piping tips or you can use a sandwich bag like I do. I've used piping bags fitted with tips for number of years and I still occasionally use them. Use what ever you are most comfortable with.
  • To make an opening on a sandwich bag I use small scissors.
  • Sometime when I need to change the bag during the decorating process, I simple trim the corner and push the icing into a new bag.
  • Remember to close the bag so the icing doesn't ooze out.
  • For intricate designs I recommend using a  tip size from 00 to 1.5. Metal tips work better than plastic ones.
  • I've worked with Wilton tips and PME tips. PME are more expensive but work a lot better. I'm especially fond of 1.5 piping tip size.
  • When you are just starting out, practice first with a tip  2 or 3. It is easier to pipe with larger opening. Once you get comfortable switch the piping tip to smaller one.
  • If needed support your piping hand with your other hand, you can use index finger of you non piping hand to guide the piping bag.
  • You can print both templates Here

  • Piping with Royal Icing, Practicing with Templates





You can print both templates Here

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