Icing disaster 

 
So remember week one where I said I would make a dedicated post to figuring out using a piping bag with the different tips on it? Well this is it, well kind of. I would love nothing more than to say I am now a piping master and have no idea what I was doing wrong back then. But I can’t. This week was a comedy of errors.

 
I decided to stick with simple cupcakes to focus on the icing on top. I went with yellow cake from a box, and made this chocolate icing recipe I found. (Which was insanely easy and delicious!) Since I had a starter cupcake icing tip set that had four tips and I didn’t have four piping bags, I thought I would just use ziplock baggies with the corners cut off and call it a day.

 
Now I’m not sure if it was my fault on the tips I cut off the bags or if it was just a bad idea in general. But when I went to use each one to start icing the cupcakes I could only get one cupcake covered before the bag popped and the tip exploded. I even tried to cut a smaller hole and switch the icing to a new bag, but that didn’t help at all. So after several failed attempts at trying out these tips, I cut my losses and just iced the cupcakes with a knife.

 
Maybe I will try again when I have the proper piping bags on hand but for now the piping gods have won. I know when to throw in the towel and this was one of those times.
FULL RECIPE HERE

‘Till next time!

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4 thoughts on “Icing disaster 

  1. I have made the same mistake before. I think the Ziploc are not as sturdy as the ones made for frosting. In my experience, the bags will burst! And I would realize this when there was icing on my hand!

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  2. I’m glad you liked my frosting recipe! It really is simple – and so delicious! Piping is tricky. I’ve tried the sandwich bag trick before and it does work in a pinch, but it’s just not as sturdy as piping bags. Oh well. I’m glad you enjoyed the frosting, and best of cupcake baking luck to you in the future! 🙂

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  3. I have totally been there! My bigger problem was making an icing that would turn out to runny for piping… Not sure where your from but I took a little decorating class at Michael’s stores, they are sponsored by Wilton. They teach you great technique and give you a better understanding of frosting consistency as well as what tools, bags etc. work best!

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