Is There A Fake Frosting For Piping Pracice?

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bird123 Posted 4 Nov 2012 , 6:26am
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AHi all, Can anybody tell me if there is something cheap and either fast/cheap to make or reusable, like playdough or something, to practice piping skills? it would be great for me and my five-year old could play alongside me without going sugar-crazy! Thanks! Bird

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ApplegumPam Posted 4 Nov 2012 , 7:16am
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Yes - its called TOOTHPASTE !!!!   the cheapest you can find - use a clear placemat and you can place templates underneath - when you are finished simply scrape off - put into a container and save for next time.


Good for finer type 'royal' icing piping - like the decorative piping you would find on fondant cakes - brush embroidery, dots, lines, floral sprays, lace embroidery


NOT so good for the thicker type of buttercream decos like roses or thick shell/rope borders


It tends to be a bit soft

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Tenitram Posted 4 Nov 2012 , 8:41am
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I got this off Seriouscakes website:



Practice Buttercream

This recipe is NOT MEANT TO BE EATEN. Don’t. Ok, you can try it but I’m pretty sure you won’t like it.

1 c. shortening

4 c. powdered sugar


Boy, gonna break the bank making this recipe right? Cream the shortening until….creamy. Add 3 tbs. water and mix until incorporated. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Once the sugar is in you can check the consistency, if it’s too thick add another tbs or so of water until it’s the consistency that you want.

I keep this in a sealed container on my shelf, been there since July and it’s still ok to work with. It’s great for using and reusing to practice decorations, on the backs of pans, on cups, plates, lol, whatever :D

Those who have taken the Wilton classes will probably recognize this, minus the meringue powder and flavorings.

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BlakesCakes Posted 5 Nov 2012 , 1:24am
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Both suggestions above work well.  I also know of people who've practiced with just shortening or lard, scraping it off and re-using it.  Of course, it's very heat sensitive, so if adding some powdered sugar doesn't break the bank, it really helps make it a more realistic product.



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jamesyay Posted 6 Nov 2012 , 12:43am
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I can vouch for that Practice Buttercream recipe. In the first Wilton Course you learn about "class buttercream" which is really shortening, powdered sugar, water, and some flavoring (of course, flavoring is not needed for practice).

They actually recommend you frost your cake with that crap... HA!

But it does work really nicely as a practice buttercream.

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dg2013 Posted 10 May 2014 , 1:29am
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Home made playdough is the cheapest and the best, my kids loved it.

Uncooked playdough

2 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tar tar

2 tablespoons cooking oil

food colouring


Kneed the ingredients until the consistency of bread dough.

Keep in sealed container when not in use, will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

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FioreCakes Posted 10 May 2014 , 6:52am
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I was going to say...that's Wilton buttercream...hahaha

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rillabella Posted 16 May 2014 , 9:56pm
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In high school, we used mashed potatoes made from flakes.  Easier cleanup than a shortening-based frosting, although I think we had to use the "real" stuff for roses.  It worked great for piping, though!

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