Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to fill a piping bag with Icing

Welcome back to my series on cupcake decorating basics. Last week we went through how to prepare a piping bag with a coupler and tip. We're onto the second stage now of actually filling the piping bag with delicious airy fluffy icing. This one might seem a little obvious and there are many ways to do it but there are two ways I like to fill my piping bags, the first is with the piping bag in my hand and the second is with a tall glass or jar. You can use either of these techniques or whichever way you find easiest.

Rose Swirl

How to fill a piping bag with icing

Piping bag in hand
This is the most comfortable for me and works in pretty much all circumstances.

You will need:
Piping bag fitted with a coupler and tip
Icing
Spoon

Hold the piping bag in one hand and fold over the edges onto your hand so it overlaps.
Spoon icing into piping bag, only fill about half way, if you fill it too much it will spill out the top and your icing will get warm and runny.
Push icing down the piping bag so it is all the way at the bottom.
Hold piping bag in hand so that it sits between your thumb and index finger, twist bag to remove air until icing bag is firm.
Squeeze some icing out to get rid of any air bubbles.
Now you are ready to pipe! If you stay in this same position it makes piping a lot easier as you have all control over the piping bag rather than having to use two hand to get the icing out. When you start to run out of icing just keep twisting the bag until there is no icing left then refill again.


Piping bag in a glass
This is a good way to fill piping bags if your filling is quite runny. I like to do this when piping macarons or meringues, keeps things a little tidier! 

You will need:
Piping bag fitted with a coupler and tip
Icing
Spoon
Tall glass or jar

Place piping bag in glass and fold the edges over the sides so that is it overlapping the glass.
Spoon icing into piping bag, only fill about half way, if you fill it too much it will spill out the top and your icing will get warm and runny.
Remove piping bag from glass and push icing down the piping bag so it is all the way at the bottom.
Follow the rest of the directions as above.


Do you have a method of filling piping bags that you find works for you? I'd love to hear about it! If you have any questions feel free to comment below or send me a message on Facebook.

Keep an eye out for my next post where things are finally getting exciting! I'll be showing you how to pipe a simple cupcake swirl using the 1M tip. Hooray for actually decorating cupcakes! See you next week beautiful people!

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