Ann Reardon

Piping Using Just a Bag Techniques for cutting bags

This page gives you all the videos so far that show different techniques for piping using a bag, no piping tips needed. For the recipes associated with each video click the links shown under the videos.

1:18 cut to replace star shaped tip
caramel cupcake recipe

1:58 straight cut to pipe cupcakes
chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe

4:47 cut for princess cake frills
princess cake recipe

0:35 bag cut for cookie monster
cookie monster cupcakes

frosting recipes:
buttercream recipes
italian meringue recipe

by Ann Reardon How To Cook That


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

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  1. Rating: 5

    Thank you for the tips! First try, not half bad!

  2. Hello Ann,
    i just wanted to ask can i make these flowers on a flower nail and then transfer them on a cake? instead of doing it on cupcakes?

    • Hi Fatima, You could try but as you are using a buttercream, you risk disturbing the shape.

    • Hi Fatima, I have found this helps :Piping my buttercream onto a square of baking paper on the flower nail (use a little icing to help the baking paper adhere) then carefully moving the parchment paper to a baking tray or another portable flat surface and freeze for around an hour. It will help your flower firm up to be transferred to a cake without disturbing it 🙂

  3. Love your video’s. Very helpful and informative. I have tried the zip lock bag aproach and 100% of the time the bag splits (down the sides). i know you mention get strong bags but I tried using Glad version. What type would you recommend.

    • Hi Darren, Ann used the same brand so maybe the frosting is a little too firm??

  4. Hi, i am 12 years old and i am your hudge fan. I neaded some ideas for cupcakedecorations for my school cupcake baking contest 😉 I

  5. Very clever on the piping tips! Very very helpful, thank you very much. I did not want to buy the piping tips!

    • thanks sam

  6. You are a wonderful teacher!! I love the way you show us clearly and easily how to do amazing decorating. I was very happy with my leaves, just need more practise with the camillea’s. Thank you soooo much!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Erica 😀

  7. hi ann I love your youtube videos every time I get mad I watch them and it makes me calm down a bit thank you ann keep calm and bake on

    • Hi rokhy, that’s great to hear that you’ve found a strategy for calming yourself when things aren’t going so well 😀

  8. Hi Ann, can I use melted ‘fake’ chocolate instead of buttercream for the flowers? 🙂 Thanks!

  9. do you need a piping tip when using a ziplock bag?

    • hi kiki, you can use one if you want but for the methods shown above no piping tip is needed just the bag.

  10. wer is d recipe of chocolate.

  11. Hi Ann

    Love your videos on youtube. Learned to make a ruffles cake thanks to you. Could you please, if possible, show piping techniques using bags for a rose cake.


  12. Hi Anne

    I’m so that I subsribed to your site. I really love watching your videos and am learning all the while. But there is one thing I just can’t het straight, that is cutting the cake equally into two to sandwich with cream. I never can get to do this properly. Could you please show me how I can cut a cake equally into two please. I’ll appreciate very much. Thanks

    • Hi Zarina, you can 1. buy a cake leveler, 2. rest then end of your knife that is close to the handle on something that is the right height so that you have a guide 3. some people use dental floss – wrap it around the cake and make sure it is level and then pull until it goes through the cake. I use the second method

  13. Hi Ann I am very happy to have seen your website and I can get a lot of technique using zip bags by the way can I use Italian frosting instead of buttercream? Thank you and more power.

    • Hi leslie, you can but it doesn’t hold the details on the shape as well as buttercream does so will not look as good.

  14. Ann your cake decorations are awesome!! I am going to try the zip lock bag technique and the chocolate flowers. I will let you know how it turns out. Blessings and thank you.

  15. exelent ♥♥

  16. I am very happy to have stumbled onto your website and especially happy that I subscribed to your email. I wanted to thank you for sharing your expertise, recipes and videos. My desserts do not look as perfect as yours (but I keep trying) but everyone loves them. I totally enjoy your site. Thank you.

    • thanks Cynthia 🙂

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