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How to Fill a Piping Bag

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Hi Bold Bakers!

To get the best piping results, it’s really important to correctly fill your piping bag. This is easier said than done, so I’m going to show you the easiest and cleanest way to do it.

How to Fill a Piping Bag:

  1. I use a precut piping bag or a plastic bag with just the very tip of the corner snipped off.
  2. Place the piping nozzle into the bag and push into the opening at the corner of the bag to secure (if your nozzle comes with something to secure it to the bag screw this on now).
  3. At this point most would say fold the bag over your hand and fill with frosting. This is where things can go wrong. I often end up with frosting all over my hand and air bubbles in my piping bag.
  4. To avoid this place the empty piping bag noddle down into and empty water glass. Then fold the edges of the bag down over the top of the glass. leaving you with an open piping bag that you can easily fill.
  5. Now using a spatula fill your piping bag pushing the frosting down as you go until it’s about 2/3 or the way full.
  6. Lastly bring up the edges of the bag and twist to close up. This pressure should push out any air bubbles in your piping bag and ensure all of your frosting is neat and tidy in the bag.
  7. From here decorate away! And to refill use the same method.

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Now that you know the easy way to fill a piping bag you need some frosting to go into it. I have a Master Recipe for Buttercream Frosting that you will find really easy to make. If you are more of a chocolate fan then you will love my Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipe. These frosting go great on my Best Ever Chocolate cake and my Vanilla Birthday Cake recipe . Either one, you can’t go wrong.

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  1. Arslan Khan on January 13, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I see the first time this types of recepie and I really enjoyed it and I used this techniques in opening a small desserts house thanks Gemma Staford

    • Gemma Stafford on January 13, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      I’m really delighted to hear that, glad it was helpful.

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