Decorating with Piped Frosting
- 1 frosted cake
- Buttercream, whipped cream or other
frosting for decorating
To fill a pastry bag, fit a tip into the bottom of the bag. Twist the bag just above the tip and push the bag into the tip to prevent the frosting from dripping out. Hold the bag in one hand and fold down the top third of the bag over your curved fingers, making a cuff. Using a large rubber spatula, carefully put the frosting into the bag without getting any on the outside of the bag. Unfold the cuff and pleat the top closed to meet the frosting. Pull the tip to free the twisted bag and, while holding the pleated top, use a twisting motion to push the frosting into the tip of the bag. Squeeze the top of the bag with one hand and guide the tip with the other hand.
To make rosettes, spirals and shells, use a star tip of any size. For rosettes, hold the pastry bag perpendicular to and about 1 inch from the cake. Squeeze a small amount of frosting onto the cake to the desired size, then stop pressing and pull the bag up to make a point. For spirals, hold the pastry bag at a 45-degree angle and about 1 inch from the cake. Squeeze frosting onto the cake, moving the bag in a spiral. For shells, hold the pastry bag perpendicular to the top edge of the cake and with the tip just touching the cake. As you squeeze the bag, lift the tip and then return it alongside the starting point to form a loop of frosting. Make connecting loops around the cake.
To make a plain beaded border on a cake, use a plain tip of any size. Hold the pastry bag about 1 inch from the cake and perpendicular to the top edge. Squeeze a bead, then stop. Squeeze another bead next to the previous one. Continue until the top edge is ringed with beads.