What size tip should I use to build a dam for my filling for a torted cake? Normally I use the coupler when making a dam for a 2 layer cake, but I think that would be too much filling for a torted 2 layer cake. Thanks.
tip 12 is what Wilton reccommends in their classes.
I use a #12 and I learned this from my Wilton courses too. It works great for me.
I don't use a tip. I just use a cheap ziplock bag and cut a small hole in the corner. You only need a small amount of icing to build the dam so this works great and no washing or using a disposable bag. Just remember to cut small at first and then you can recut if you need to.
BTW, and this may be obvious but I dam with the same icing I'm icing the cake with otherwise it defeats the purpose. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious.
In my Wilton class I was taught not to use a tip at all. Only the coupler. I recently learned from Sugar Shack's video that she does the same thing. As a matter of fact, she recommends the couplers without the notch (If you used the one with the notch, you just have to remember to keep the notch down- closest to the cake.
That's a great idea...I never thought of that...saves dirtying a tip. I'm going to try that next time.
I just use the coupler without the notch as well. No tip needed.
No tip dear-just a coupler!
i've used both and like using just the coupler best
I haven't tried the coupler idea, but sounds neat!!! I use tip 12!!!
I've got Sugarshack's dvd and have also started using the coupler, it's awesome. I even thicken up some of the icing like she shows and it is such an improvement in how it prevents blow outs and you sure don't have to worry about any of the filling leaking out. I cannot find the couplers without the notch anywhere though. Neither Michael's or Hobby Lobby in my area have them. Where did ya'll find yours?
I cannot find the couplers without the notch anywhere though. Neither Michael's or Hobby Lobby in my area have them. Where did ya'll find yours?
I ordered mine online at Country Kitchen SweetArt. I think the site is www.countrykitchensa.com
They are not expensive, but you have to factor in shipping.
Dixiegal01 - I'm in a smaller town in Ontario, Canada, and I've had the same problem. No store I have access to sells couplers without the notch. I'm still looking, though. I'd rather not pay US dollars plus shipping for them.
I normally use the coupler when I build a dam for filling between the 2 layers. However, I'm going to try to torte the cake and filling in between the cuts, which would create 3 layers of filling. I figured if I used the coupler to build the dam for the 3 layers, then that would be a lot of filling in between smaller layers. That's why I was wondering if anyone used a tip that would be smaller in size then the coupler to build the dams, that way the fillings would be in proportion to the rest of the cake.
I have used a #10 when my #12 tip was "dirty". That was when I only had one #12 tip. I have not used a tip smaller than #10 to dam. I'm sure you can use a #7 or even #5 to dam your layers. HTH