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
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!
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
Thanks guys! I will just stick with my good ole pastry bag :)
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.
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.