Firstly, I want to state that you can ice a cupcake however you like using whatever you like or whatever you have on hand. There are so many ways to make cupcakes look beautiful and if you have a tool you like to use and it works for you then don't stop! For me, this is the way I was taught (by Wilton) and I find it the most comfortable way to pipe icing.
I usually use either my Wilton cotton piping bags (these are two very old and scungy looking piping bags but they are still working years on!) and I also use disposable piping bags which I use over and over! I just wash them with the rest of dishes. The only thing to keep in mind is if you're using royal icing, you don't want to be using that piping bag with buttercream otherwise it'll ruin your royal icing next time you use it to pipe!
The first video is pretty exciting stuff guys, hold on for the ride of your life...how to prepare a piping bag! It might seem like a silly thing to go through but this is a key step in cupcake decorating, the sooner we get this over with the sooner we get onto piping swirls and roses and all sorts! If you feel like falling asleep during the video then by all means have a doze but I think you'll find it's actually very entertaining. When it gets to around 30 seconds and I am putting the coupler together I just couldn't get the darn thing to work! I could have re-shot this and made it look seamless and perfect but where's the fun in that? This way you can laugh at me (or with me?)
How to prepare a piping bag
You will need:
Coupler base and ring
Place the coupler base inside the bag and mark with a pen under the very first line where the coil starts.
Remove the coupler and cut where you have marked.
Push coupler base inside piping bag so that one of the coil markings is showing.
Place a decorating tip on the end of the coupler base.
Put the coupler ring over the tip and coupler base and screw in place to secure.
Now you can change decorating tips if need be, without having to change piping bags.
Stay tuned for the next video tutorial on how to fill a piping bag. Riveting stuff I know! Once you know the basics it makes cupcake decorating SO much easier! Let me know if you have any questions, you can comment on this blog post or send me a message on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you!