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Tips to make piping on the sides of a cake easier?

post #1 of 22
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I've got a cake coming up soon that requires a TON of piping swirls and scrolls on several tiers. I can pipe pretty well on a flat surface, write on cakes, etc., but I really have a rough time on sides of cakes.

Any tips and tricks to make it easier? There might be some magic technique or something I've completely missed. ...I hope. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 22
The thing that I have found that helps me most when I am piping on the side of a cake is to put the cake at about eye level. I always put the cake on the turntable then sit it on top of my large tip/accessory case (or "tackle box" as my DH refers to it).
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post #3 of 22
Welcome to cc:

Sorry there is no easy way!

There is a special tilting turntable for cake decorating:
http://www.candylandcrafts.com/images/307-894tiltingcaketurntable.jpg

The other thing you could do is use a small cookbook 1 inch or so with many anti slip mats an just have your cake tilted a little so it's easier.

Good Luck.
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post #4 of 22
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Thanks for the tips! I'll make sure to try it.

And thank you for the welcome! I look forward to posting here lots and lots. icon_wink.gif
post #5 of 22
When you keep the cake at eye level, to me it's not THAT difficult to pipe on the side of the cake. Just make sure you steady your piping hand with your other hand and if possible, maybe even steady your arm on the side of the table/counter. Hope this helps. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 22
Definitely eye level, I usually either sit on a chair with a small step stool on top, or I tilt ny turntable, depends on how much my feet hurt icon_lol.gif
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post #7 of 22
I agree with everything ShortcakesSweets said.

The eye level things. A few times I have sat on a low chair and had the cake on the counter - much higher than at a table.

I often grad the wrist of my arm that is holding your piping bag. I find I get better control on the sides. This does not work so well for me on the surface of the cake as I loose perspective and my extra arm gets into things.... not fun!

Good Luck.
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post #8 of 22
I agree with everyone. Working with the cake at eye level is best. I sometimes will sit on a chair that puts me below the level of my cake. Other times I will prop and tilt my cake on a couple of books with non skids all over the place so my cake has NO chance of slipping. I even put some in between my books JUST IN CASE!!!!

That tilting turntable looks like Wilton's. Unless they have improved it, it is NOT worth the money. Don't waste your time. If any one has had success with it then what's your secret?


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post #9 of 22
I've been meaning to write Wilton on that piece of poo tilt thing. I lost a cake using that thing. The whole table thing fell backwards and whammo went the whole cake. I don't know if it's because it's plastic it doesn't lock good or what. Either Wilton has a good item or a bad item. If anyone has luck with it let me know. What a waste of money even though I got it 40% off.
post #10 of 22
I like to work eye level too!
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post #11 of 22
I have the NEW wilton tilting turntable and I like it -- just won't work well I don't think for a very large cake. It's got a non-slip base that grips pretty well too. The only thing I don't like is that the top (turntable part) seems a little wobbly - but it really doesn't go anywhere.
post #12 of 22
ditto on the wilton tilting turn table being a hunk of junk!!!!
I have found that it does not matter the size of the cake, I lost an 8in round--yup! slid right off. Oh yeah, the "locking button" doesn't lock anything at all. pushed one way or the other, it still comes apart.

hear hear, i think eye level works best also!

good luck and post pic!
post #13 of 22
ditto on the wilton tilting turn table being a hunk of junk!!!!
I have found that it does not matter the size of the cake, I lost an 8in round--yup! slid right off. Oh yeah, the "locking button" doesn't lock anything at all. pushed one way or the other, it still comes apart.

hear hear, i think eye level works best also!

good luck and post pic!
post #14 of 22
I dont like the tilting table. I think is more of problem. Is just a matter of practicing and getting used to working on the side of the cake. With practice it becomes second nature. But then again..that's just my opinion..icon_redface.gif
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post #15 of 22
Edna .......when I've done as many cakes as you it will be second nature. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif love your cakes. I really need to practise piping on a dummie cake, but don't make the time. Think I will. Thanks all for the inspiration eye level it is. Oh another thing for those of you that free hand, what's the trick to get each S and C consistant in size. I know I know PRACTISE!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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