How to pipe with buttercream and ganache

How to pipe with buttercream and ganache

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Piping with buttercream or ganache takes a bit of practice but will really make your cakes stand out. It’s a good idea to practice on some baking parchment or back into the buttercream or ganache bowl before you pipe onto your cake. If you want to redo any of your piping, use an offset (angled) palette knife and a steady hand to carefully lift the piping off of the cake. Smooth over before re-piping.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
buttercream

Method

  1. Fill the piping bag and start squeezing from the top. You should only need to use your other hand for stability. Try to avoid handling the buttercream-filled part of the bag too much as you can warm up it up and make it lose its shape.
  2. beaded border: To pipe beaded borders for the top and base of your cakes, angle an 8 mm plain tip at 45 degrees and start squeezing from the top of the bag to form a small ball of buttercream. Try to hover the tip just above the cake rather than touching the tip to the cake, to allow a nice shape to form. Stop squeezing as you gently move the tip along and squeeze again to form another ball that slightly overlaps and connects to the first one. Continue piping, trying to keep each ball the same size. It’s easiest to do this using a cake turntable but if you don’t have one, move the cake around as you work.
  3. small rounds: To pipe small rounds for the top of your cake, angle the 8 mm plain tip at 90 degrees and about 5 mm about the surface of the cake. Start squeezing, letting a blob of buttercream form under the tip before you gently lift up and release the pressure to form the peak.
  4. large star rounds: To pipe larger, equally spaced rounds, use an 18 mm large star tip and alternate between opposite sides of the cake to make them symmetrical. This technique works well with plain tips too.
  5. rope border: To pipe a rope border, use an 18 mm large star tip. Angle the tip at 45 degrees and make circular motions, applying pressure as you move upwards and releasing slightly as you move down and along.
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