Get ready to do some amazing cookie and cake decorating in a jiffy! You can easily make a piping bag with a few things that you probably already have in your kitchen.
With a piping bag, you can make the most amazing cookies, frosted cupcakes and much more! You only need a few simple things.
- A great recipe. I recommend you check out my recipes for sugar cookies, icing, cupcakes and frosting on the [recipe page]. (Did you see how subtle I did that?)
- The materials to make your own piping bags.
- And if you like, a piping tip.
How to make a Piping Bag
Option 1: Resealable Plastic Bag
It is really simple to make a piping bag with a resealable plastic bag. I would recommend this method if you do not have a reusable piping bag. It works very well when you are baking with kids or if you are working with frosting and a relatively large piping tip.
- Take your bag.
- Put the icing (or anything else) you want to pipe with, in the bag.
- Make sure all the icing is at the bottom of the bag, in one corner.
- Remove the air from the top of the bag and seal the bag.
- Cut the tip off the corner where all the icing is and you are ready to go!
A few side notes for using this method.
- It is always important that the tip you cut off is very small. You can always make it bigger. The other way around is more challenging.
- You can also use a piping tip if you like. If you would like to do that, you need to cut off the tip of the corner and insert the piping tip before you start filling the bag. Again, make sure the tip you cut off is not too big. Start small and then go bigger.
Let me start by saying that I NEVER use this method. Not because it is a bad method but I thoroughly suck at it for some reason. I have tried to do it many times and in several different ways but it brings me nothing but frustration. The paper never stays exactly where I want it to and when that happens while I am piping icing onto a cookie… don’t get me started. If you would like to try this method though, I recommend you check out BBC’s Good Food post on how to do it.https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-make-piping-bag
Non-Folding Method (for people like me; everyone who cannot get the piping back to just stay in place when you try to fold it)
You don’t need a lot of things to make a piping bag from parchment paper. All you need is:
- Parchment paper.
- And last but not least, a stapler.
Check out my video for a visual tutorial!
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So to summarize:
- Take a square piece of parchment paper.
- Cut it into two triangles.
(Upper left dot is red (R), upper right dot is blue (B) and the bottom dot is yellow (Y).)
- Make sure the yellow dot is pointing at you.
- Pull the blue dot towards the yellow dot. The back of the blue dot should end up on top of the yellow dot.
- Then finish the cone by pulling the red dot over the partial-cone you created, and place the red dot on the backside of the yellow dot.
- Put a staple a bit below where all the dots are now overlapping. Make sure to place the staple where all parts of the paper overlap.
- If you like, place a few more staples, to make sure the cone is secure. Important! All the staples should be horizontally stapled. Once you fold or roll the top of your piping bag to close it, the staples should not perforate it!
A few Piping tips
To fill your piping bag, place it with the tip down in a glass. This way you can use both hands to put the icing in the piping bag.
When you start piping, gently push the icing down from the top of your piping bag. It does not require a lot of force. Make sure not to push in the middle of the bag because the icing will ooze out of your piping bag on the wrong end. It will also make it difficult to ensure a steady flow of your icing.
Try to pipe the icing onto a plate or your working surface first. This will show you how the icing flows and if your piping bag (and tip) are giving you the result you are looking for.
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