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How to Fill a Piping Bag

Learn How to Fill a Piping Bag with my Bold Baking Basics tips. You'll have a neat and tidy bag ready to pipe frosting when you follow my chef-tested tips.
How to fill a piping bag - the mess free, fuss free way.

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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.

Did you like this baking tip? I have lots more short videos just like this one that will help you get baking confidently in the kitchen. Get more Bold Baking Basics.

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5 years ago

Just found your website and love it. I will make sure to share it! Does it matter what size piping bag &/or tip to use to pipe donut mix into mold for baking? Thanks

Lilly Potter
5 years ago

Hi. I’m new to baking but i love doing it so just wanted to ask i wanted to make a cake with a pakistan flag on it for my friends. Do you have any tips about hoe to decorate it??

5 years ago

Hi mam
I am a big fan of your baking
Just wanted to know if I make your vanilla birthday cake then how much frosting do I need??? Kindly share the exact proportions of butter and sugar
Waiting for your reply
Thank you

6 years ago

This is exactly what I do. I use a pint glass cause I always have so much frosting to use and it works perfectly ????

6 years ago

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

Farhana Arif
Farhana Arif
3 years ago

Hi Gemma! Hope you’re doing fine.
Just want to Thank you for all the recipes. Tried your best ever brownies , best ever chocolate cake and cookies . Last Sunday tried your best ever chocolate cake with ganache it was finished like that . I wanted to take the pic but by the time I came out of the kitchen after the dishes and cleaning only two pieces were left😀
Soon going to try your royal icing as my husband loves it.

6 years ago

Does this technique work for filling things such as cream puffs or your world-famous donuts?

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About Us

Meet Gemma

Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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