DIY Piping bag

The more you get into decorating cakes, the more you’ll find paper piping bags indispensable. Learning how to make them is a fundamental skill, which will prove invaluable.

If you decorate cakes regularly, then having small piping bags close at hand is essential – particularly if you’re using small quantities of icing to pipe intricate details or using lots of small amounts in different colours. It’s possible to buy readymade paper piping bags in a range of sizes, but it’s far more cost effective to make your own, using greaseproof paper. Though the construction may seem a little fiddly at first, but the more you practise, the easier it becomes. All you need to get started is a square of greaseproof paper, a ruler, some scissors and some patience.

Choosing your paper

It’s possible to make piping bags out of greaseproof paper, baking parchment and baking paper, as they all hold in moisture well – and it’s worth paying for the best quality you can afford. Any other kind of paper will quickly get soggy and the tip won’t hold its shape. As a guide, professional cake decorators opt for bleached greaseproof paper or parchment, which is white rather than brown.

Step-by-Step Making a Piping Bag

  1. Unroll your greaseproof paper and cut out an
  2. even square. Fold it in half diagonally, then smooth sharply along the crease.
  3. Cut along the fold to create two equal triangles and put one triangle to one side.
  4. Pick up one corner of the remaining triangle and start rolling it into a cone shape, so that the point of the cone is along what was the longest edge of the triangle. Stop rolling when you get to the centre of the triangle.
  5. Pick up the opposite corner of the paper triangle and fold it tightly over the rolled-up cone. It should meet the other corner at the top of the cone to make a triangle.
  6. Holding the loose triangle ends, shuffle them back and forth to tighten up the cone. It’s ready when you’ve got a neat, sharp tip.
  7. Fold the loose triangle ends over and tuck them inside the bag. Then fold again two or three times to secure it in place.
  8. Snip the end of the piping bag to make a small hole or snip a slightly larger hole and drop a piping nozzle inside the bag.
  9. Using a spatula or small spoon, half fill the bag with icing and fold the corners of the bag into the centre, then fold the top over again to secure it.

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