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Great tip from my instructor!

post #1 of 355
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My cake decorating instructor showed a great method for filling the decorator bag with icing. It's called a "plastic wrap" method. It's pretty neat. Pictures are attached to clarify.

Step 1. Take a piece of plastic wrap about 8"-10" long. With a spatula, take a bit of frosting and place it in the center 1" away from the edge. (Pic 1)
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Step 2. Take one side of the plastic wrap and fold it over to the next side matching up the edge - your frosting will now be enclosed on the side of the plastic wrap (Pic 2)
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Step 3. Roll the plastic from where the frosting is to the edges (Pics 3 & 4)
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Step 4: Twist the free end of the wrap (pic 5)
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* (Optional step 5: I tie mine off in a knot -pic 6)
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Step 5 (or 6 if you follow the optional "tie off"): You can now insert the plastic "tube" of icing into the decorating bag. (pic 7)
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Just wanted to share. I think it's a pretty cool way to get the frosting in the bag and it isn't that messy either. Plus it makes switching frosting in and out so simple - if you're careful enough you won't have any transfer colour either.
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God must have loved calories....He made SO many of them!

The Air Force may have my husband...but I have his heart.

I'm the original Red Velvet Snob...
buh bye cream cheese frosting.
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post #2 of 355
Cool!!! doesn't the plastic ends interfer w/ the decorating tip??
post #3 of 355
I do that in my regular piping bags too. I love it because the bags are so much easier to clean.

Thanks for sharing.

Cindy
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Laughter is the best medicine, chocolate is a close second!!
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post #4 of 355
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No the plastic wrap will not interfer w/ the tips. As long as you have the frosting close to the edge of the open end it will come out fine.
God must have loved calories....He made SO many of them!

The Air Force may have my husband...but I have his heart.

I'm the original Red Velvet Snob...
buh bye cream cheese frosting.
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God must have loved calories....He made SO many of them!

The Air Force may have my husband...but I have his heart.

I'm the original Red Velvet Snob...
buh bye cream cheese frosting.
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post #5 of 355
my instructor taught us that as well, she calls them icing plugs. They work awesome. I ran out of saran wrap today and using baggies for the same reason. I love that method!
momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
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momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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post #6 of 355
I will definitely try this tomorrow. Thanks!
post #7 of 355
I've seen this used to put two or three colors in the same bag for the striping effect. It works great for that also.
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
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Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
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post #8 of 355
This is a wonderful tip! I have so much trouble with my icing bags.
Thankyou!!!
post #9 of 355
It works great for storing and transporting icing as well. You just twist up both ends and when you are ready to use it cut one end off and drop it in the bag.
momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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post #10 of 355
Thanks for sharing this great tip. Will surely try it out.
post #11 of 355
Thanks so much for putting in pictures!! I will definately try that for my last class!
post #12 of 355
can't wait to try it!!! the pictures are wonderful, thanks for sharing.
post #13 of 355
This is the method that I use. I picked that tip up from someone earlier this year here. It is the BEST tip too. I'm new to decorating and was having trouble getting the icing into the bag and not on me...... icon_cry.gif After trying this it was magic, no more fighting to get the icing in the bag. It also made switching colors a snap too. Get done with one color and just pop another in there. Worked great! and clean up is a breeze too!

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post #14 of 355
Wow... that is a great tip. I'll have to try that! Also, thanks for explaining it so well and posting pictures - easy to follow.
Elizabeth
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Elizabeth
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post #15 of 355
newlywedws you did a great job showing how this works. I love this method too. Someone posted this on this site a few months back and I have enjoyed using it since then. I have never had a problem with the method and it is so much cleaner. I really like using more than one color too.
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