Tip Tuesday: How To Fill Your Piping Bag

Tip Tuesday: How to Fill Your Piping Bag

Tip Tuesday: How to Fill Your Piping Bag

This may not be a life-changing post for everyone, but for some, I think it’s gonna rock your world (and everyone matters!). Today’s “Tip Tuesday” is a quick and easy way to fill your piping bag without making a huge mess.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by cutting the tip of your piping bag.

Step 2: Reach in the bag with your hand to open it up.

Step 3: Place the piping bag inside a large tumbler and fold the top of the piping bag over the edge of the glass.

Step 4: Use a spatula to spoon frosting into the piping bag. Be sure to only fill the bag about two-thirds of the way so you have room to close the bag.

Step 5: Grab the edge of the piping bag and pull it up, over the glass. You’ll want to shake the bag one or two times to get the frosting to fall toward the very bottom of the bag.

Step 6: Twist the top of the piping bag tightly.

Step 7: When you’re piping, make sure to keep one hand around the top of the bag with a tight grip to keep the frosting from spilling out. 

This is how I hold the piping bag – my thumb is securing the twist and my fingers are applying the pressure to release the frosting from the bag.

Hope today’s Tip Tuesday: How to Fill Your Piping Bag is helpful!

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Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. I have never been neat when filling a bag with frosting. I have tried many times. So when I saw this technique, I decided I want to try it the next time I decorate a cake. Have not yet tried it.

    Have you ever tried filling your bag by inserting frosting spread out on wax paper, the wax paper rolled with frosting inside and the upper edge twisted closed. Then it is inserted into bag with open end down.
    I saw this used when exploring Russian decorating tips. They use this when they want the flower’s middle to have a different color or when they want petals perhaps with 2 colors.

    Another question is how to use bag fasteners. Bought them probably on Amazon. Purple circle elastic with piece attached to side. I cannot figure out how they are fastened around the bag top. Again another effort to keep things neat.
    Thank you

  2. I’m sure you’ve heard of this but what I do is lay a piece of Saran Wrap flat on the counter. Then apply frosting with a spatula onto the plastic wrap until I have a good amount to fit in my piping bag while still being able to twist and close. Then I wrap the frosting (elongated shape like a burrito) by twisting the ends (like you would a card candy). Then cut one end off and insert this end first in your piping bag. It makes for better clean up or even makes it possible to change colors/flavors using the same piping bag.