Cake Decorating Techniques




Cake decorating techniques using the piping method have been one of the most creative ways to decorate a cake. A simple round or square cake can be turned into a very beautiful and elegant cake by just using the piped cake decorating patterns. The most commonly used icing for piped designs on cakes are buttercream icing, butter icing and royal icing. Chocolate ganache can also be used provided it is of a thick consistency.

There are many different and creative ways to decorate a cake with piped designs. An important point to consider in mastering this art of cake decorating is to practice often, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Feel free to use the cake decorating lessons below to further enhance your cake decorating skills.



Basic tools needed:

  • Piping bags and icing syringes
  • Nozzles
  • Couplers
  • Icing (butter icing, butter cream or royal icing)


Types of piped designs:







Star nozzle


Reverse shells



Cake decorating technique - reverse shell
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Plain Shells



Cake decorating technique - plain shell

Cake decorating technique - shell

Cake decorating technique -  shell
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Flat stars



Cake decorating technique - flat stars
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Raised stars



cake decorating technique - raised stars
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Rossettes



cake decorating technique - rossettes
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Rope borders



Cake decorating technique - rope border

Cake decorating technique - rope border

Cake decorating technique -  e border

Cake decorating technique -  e border
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Zigzags



Cake decorating technique - zig zag

Cake decorating technique - zig zag

Cake decorating technique - zig zag
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Grass



Cake decorating technique - grass
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Pine trees




Pipe a circle of stars as the base of the pine tree. Top with another row of stars, this time slightly moving inwards. Continue until top. Finish off with one frilled star right on top.

Cake decorating technique - pine tree base

Cake decorating technique - pine tree
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Petal nozzles



Drop flower

Cake decorating technique - drop flower

Cake decorating technique - drop flower

Cake decorating technique - drop flower
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Ruffles



Cake decorating technique - ruffles
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Leaf nozzles




Leaves

Cake decorating technique - leaves
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Plain nozzle

Bead border



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Straight lines



Cake decorating technique - straight lines
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Cornelli lace



Cake decorating technique - cornelli lace
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Sotas



Cake decorating technique - sotas
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Filigree icing



Cake decorating technique - filigree icing
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Basket weave cake decoration



Cake decorating technique - basket weave
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