Questions About Piping Gel

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MyraNC Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:00pm
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I have 2 cakes due in the next couple of week and both require "water". One is a beach cake and the other is a fishing cake. In looking through the galleries, I have seen several cakes with tinted piping gel as the water. My questions are...Does the piping gel have any taste? Do I put it on top of my icing and if so, is it going to affect the flavor?? And...ask crazy as it may sound...How about the texture in your mouth when eating it?? lol

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jenbashore Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:06pm
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That's funny because I have the same thing going on for next week. I have never used piping gel except in my Wilton classes. Wonering the same thing you are... icon_smile.gif

Reedsmomma Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:09pm
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I've never used piping gel before, but I had read in another post that someone had flavored their piping gel "water" watermelon for a kids party and it went over really well. Hope this helps...

jwong9664 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:12pm
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it just has a sweet, sugary flavor and a super sticky consistency. i use it as water all the time. hths!

TC123 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:13pm
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Hi! I did a Mother's Day cake with piping gel flowers a few years ago. (It's not in my photos, though I should scan it in!) You put it right on top of buttercream. I would refrigerate the iced cake so the buttercream sets before applying the piping gel. About flavor, since it is a corn syrup based product, it does have a sugar taste (although I find it to be kind of "bland"). I never heard of anyone altering the taste of it by adding anything to it, though. When the cake was served, I did not find that it altered the taste of the buttercream when eaten. The texture is slightly "gooey" (for lack of a better word), but not unpleasant at all. ... But then again, that's just me. icon_smile.gif

TC123 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:18pm
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Yummmm... Reedsmomma... I wonder what was used to flavor it? I'd like to try it sometime! Maybe someone will post it here... icon_razz.gif

Reedsmomma Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:22pm
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I wish I could remember what they used! I was absorbed with looking for another topic, so I wasn't paying much attention...Sorry!

smoore Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:30pm
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Originally Posted by Reedsmomma

I wish I could remember what they used! I was absorbed with looking for another topic, so I wasn't paying much attention...Sorry!

I think it was LorAnn (spelling???) Oil flavoring. I've never flavored it myself. It basically has the same taste and a little thicker texture than corn syrup. You don't need much to get the effect, so it shouldn't really have a texture issue when eating it. The only thing I will tell you is work slow when coloring it blue .... when you whip coloring into piping gel, you're going to add a lot of air bubbles that you don't want. Stir coloring in good and slow. If you're using the gel for cakes at kids parties, I've found the kids all want a piece with the water on it and the parents seem to want it without (but will dab their finger in gel that might get on the cake board while cutting just to taste it out of curiosity).

tracey1970 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:37pm
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When I make "water", I don't color the piping gel. You can buy it pre-coloured (by Wilton, I think) in a nice water-colored blue. That's what I use. It's sweet but no one has complained about such a small amount. I haven't ever flavoured it.

tiggy2 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:42pm
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I don't like the taste of piping gel by itself so I add colored BC to it. If you look at the blue water on the retirement cake in photos you can see how it looks.

bellejoey Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 4:53pm
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I also cover my buttercream with icing gel. I did a "Crown Royal" bottle cake and covered the buttercream bottle with piping gel to give it that "glass" look. It looks great as water as well.

bobwonderbuns Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 5:01pm
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I did a tropical sunset cake a while back with tinted piping gel for water. Piping gel has a naturally sweet taste to it and you only need a drop (literally) of food color (a little goes a very long way) to color the gel. The color doesn't affect the taste of the gel and the gel doesn't affect the taste of the cake. Hope that helps! icon_biggrin.gif

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 5:12pm
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Kids usually love the stuff (as has been mentioned here already). Many bakeries use piping gel for their writing and I remember for years, my cousins and I, and our friends always wanting the writing and/or flowers on the cake pieces we received at any party where the cake was purchased from the bakery.

Oh, btw, my current avatar (also my 2008 Easter cake) was painted using piping gel that I colored. It's actually a pretty cool medium to work with, although annoyingly sticky at times (I hate getting anything sticky on my hands and have had more than one person tease me because I tend to rinse my hands between cracking each egg in any recipe where they're required!).

gscout73 Posted 12 Jul 2008 , 4:35am
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I always use it wit great success. You really don't put it on thick enough for anyone to complain and it is over the icing so you should not worry. After all, you're not going to cover the entire surface with it so it will be fine. You can see a couple of examples in my pics.

Go ahead, use it and have fun!! icon_razz.gificon_lol.gificon_wink.gif

CakeInfatuation Posted 12 Jul 2008 , 4:43am
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I used it in my mom's swimming pool cake. Nobody said anything negative about the taste. In fact, my sister in law stuck a spoon in the pool after the cake had been cut because she wanted a mouthful of it. With the cake, icing and or fondant... there's plenty of flavor going on that you don't really need to flavor it. And a little goes a long way. You don't need much color at all to get a nice blue.

I think mine varied between 1/8" to 1/4" deep because I wanted the water wavy.

gscout73 Posted 12 Jul 2008 , 5:11am
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You really don't even need 1/4 inch thick. Just enough to cover, to make it "wet."

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Jul 2008 , 4:06pm
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Oh and if your cake is any other color than white, put a smear of white buttercream under the piping gel for it to shine forth -- otherwise you won't be able to see the "water" effect.

stephensmommy14 Posted 22 Mar 2016 , 1:49am
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Hi i am new to making cakes and i just got an order my question is can i use colored piping gel for the bunny and icing for the eggs


kakeladi Posted 22 Mar 2016 , 3:45am
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Yes you can.  Just remember the gel is going to be 'see-thru' and shiny.  The icing won't.  

stephensmommy14 Posted 22 Mar 2016 , 3:49am
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How do I fix thatt

kakeladi Posted 22 Mar 2016 , 4:37am
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Not sure what you mean re: 'fix that'.   Piping gel is 'jelly' so it will always remain transparent.    If you don't want that use all icing to make your design.  

stephensmommy14 Posted 22 Mar 2016 , 10:30am
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OK thank you 

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