Cupcake Swirls

Decorating By SugarLydia Updated 20 Sep 2015 , 11:02pm by Magda_MI

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SugarLydia Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 2:42am
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Has anyone here ever tried any cupcake decorators (as in the squeeze type devices)? 

Of course the old tried and true pastry bag with a large tip works fine, but I'd like to know if anybody has had any success with things like this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003B3OK9A/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=34KA91FW9LTOZ&coliid=I3EUTMEARN2GUG&psc=1

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Pastrybaglady Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 3:02am
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 A friend gave me something like that and they work fine but loading them is a pain as well as cleaning.  It's gadgety but a pastry bag is far superior as far as ease in loading as well as use.  The contraptions take some getting use to.  A pastry bag and frosting bullet is the way to go!

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MBalaska Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 7:10am
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 I'm with @Pastrybaglady  

 "" a pastry bag is far superior as far as ease in loading as well as use.  The contraptions take some getting use to.  A pastry bag and frosting bullet is the way to go.""

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Webake2gether Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 7:46am
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I tried a smaller less expensive version of that a few years ago thinking it was easier to use. For me it wasn't and like @Pastrybaglady  said what a pain to clean. I'm not sure if I used it wrong or what but now that I bake (not just for hobby anymore) only bags and frosting bullets for me....I've never heard them called frosting bullets before makes baking sound tough lol 

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SugarLydia Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 9:31pm
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Thanks guys! I will just stick with my good ole pastry bag :)

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Apti Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 10:45pm
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Frosting bullets.  After 5 years of hobby baking, I avoid nearly all gadgets--just one more thing to "find", put out for mise en place preparation, clean , wash, store, and find again the next time.  I especially avoid gadgets that have multiple parts!

I use 12" bags because they are the least expensive overall when purchased with craft store 50% coupons.  I use the larger, reusable, 18" bags when I'm doing a ton of cupcakes  with lots of 1M swirls.  For the 18" bags, I either make bigger plastic bullets or just fill the bag as-is.  The nice thing with the American Buttercream (I use Bunnywoman's Mock Shack with both real butter and hi ratio shortening) is that you can make a LOT and freeze excess for later use.  You can also pre-color before freezing and place in frosting bullet form.  Super quick to defrost and use next time.

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Magda_MI Posted 20 Sep 2015 , 11:02pm
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I think they're aimed more at people who don't known how to use or control a bag for piping.  My mom used to have an old metal one.

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