Ann Reardon

8 Piping Hacks You Should Know

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Ever been stuck without a piping bag or the right tip? These hacks will save your cake. Eight different ways to cut a plastic bag to make it pipe these fast and easy designs.

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1. The easiest cut of all- the line

Create a fine line for lettering, drawing and simple thin line decorations.

2. The large round cut
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3.  A pointy petal cut
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4. The ribbon cut
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5. The star shaped cut
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6. The grass or monster hair cut
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8. Super fast flower cut.
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68 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 4

    What piping bag brand do you recommend? What size would be best for what purpose (ex. how many cups fit in piping bag for 1 cake / dozen cookies..etc.)? Thank you.

  2. Rating: 5

    You are one of the most hardworking youtubers I have ever seen .keep up the fantastic work !!!??????

  3. Rating: 4

    I want to make a macaroon but I don’t have an actual piping bag. Is it ok to use a ziplock bag reinforced with tape?

    • Hi Ariel, yes a large ziplock bag with the corner cut off is perfect for macarons ?

  4. Hi Ann,
    I love your chocolate Pop Art and I have the idea of making a Pop Art Chocolate Portrait for a friends birthday this year. But I want to make it in a smaller size. Like A5. So I’m afraid the bubble foil will be to large. Do you have any idea for a smaller substitute?

    • Hi Natascha, you can buy the bubble wrap in various sizes from super large bubbles to quite small so check it out.

  5. hey ann i never get my royal icing hard enough….so do u have any tip for me??And i love seeing ur videos…..can u also make a video on types of cake???

    • Hi Gloria, Is is not firm enough to pipe or is it not setting once piped? Royal icing usually takes time to dry out.

  6. Hi Ann
    I am having troubles with make a cupcake recipe. Every time I try to have a go at making a cupcake mix it never works out. I was wondering can you make a video on how to make a cupcake recipe.

    • Hi Dhani, Ann has heaps of cupcake recipes. Just choose one and give it a try. Ann recommends starting with her chocolate cake recipe made as cupcakes, though it makes a lot. You may wish to halve the recipe. Here is another option:

  7. Thanks for all your videos, maybe a Nutella frosting for my cupcakes please ☺️

  8. What is the best frosting recipe to decorate the cupcakes like you do in the piping hacks tutorial?

    • Hi Heather, Ann thinks ganache tastes the best. She chills it, then whips and pipes it on.

  9. Love the episode could u try making a walnut whip

  10. Thanks for sharing. Excellent blog. This blog has a lot of information regarding my needs. I’ll defenately try this one.

    • Thanks for the great feedback.

  11. Ann can you make a Sophia the first cake

  12. Hi, you made it looks so simple and fun to make wonderful design on cupcakes. Just want to find out which brand of zip-loc bags you were using.

    • Hi Annie, Ann used glad bags but other brands are good too. Just choose strong ones.

  13. Hi I love watching all your amazing videos! I was wondering if u could make a teenage mutant ninja turtle cake…

    • Thanks for the suggestion Natalie.

  14. ann pls show me how to make frosting thanks

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