Originally Posted by bakemeacakemd
This seems simple but I just caught on....I bought a cheap plastic putty knife and use it to clean my countertops. It scapes away crumbs and icing without spreading the grease. The plastic won't scratch the counter.
I love using my bench scraper this way.
Also, you know how icing accumulates at the top of the bag when you are piping..instead of pressing it down with my fingers which are already tired from piping, I just lay the bag down flat and scrape the outside with my bench scraper. When I'm done with the bag, there is almost no wasted icing still inside the bag.
Another tip.. I cut the opening of my disposable bags large enough that I can squeeze the tip (and coupler) right out from the bottom. If you cut it just right, it will not slip out while you are decorating.
oh...just one more...
when you torte your cake, to prevent your top layer from sticking to whatever you use to divide it (no edge baking sheet, cake board, etc) just sprinkle it with powdered sugar first, then slide it between the layers. Your top layer will slide right off without breaking or mushing up.
I'M LOVING THIS THREAD!!!