Buttercream Piping Techniques
When baking, especially when decorating your products, it is highly likely that you will use a piping bag. One product very likely to be in the piping bag you use is a buttercream, as this is used a lot for decorating cupcakes, or larger cakes and confectionery. There are many different styles and techniques you can use to decorate using buttercream, and here we will look at some of them, primarily how to achieve them yourself.

The first thing to look at when thinking about how to pipe buttercream is general piping bag techniques, and tricks. Firstly, it is really important to make sure you do not overfill the piping bag, as this will make it more difficult to handle, and more likely to create mess if the contents starts to come out of the top of the bag as you squeeze. When filling a bag, turn over the top 4 inches and fill the bag to that level, to give you plenty of space when holding the bag upright to pipe.

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Piping Buttercream Designs
In this section we will look at some of the simple design ideas that you can use to finish your cakes or cupcakes with buttercream. The two main sections we will look at are piping swirls directly onto a cake or cupcake, and how to create flowers in your piping. Both can be used with any flavour of buttercream or on any kind of product.

How to Pipe Swirls on a Cake

One of the basic decorative piping styles that works really well with buttercream is piping swirls, or rosettes. To do this, you need to make sure you have a fluted nozzle (here meaning one with a star-like end, that creates lines in the buttercream as it pipes). You put this into the bag first, then trim the end of the bag to allow the nozzle to poke through, meaning the buttercream will come through with the correct shape. This piping decoration is particularly popular in decorating cupcakes, but can be used to border the top of a larger cake as well.

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