Paper piping bag

Paper piping bag – all you need to know

This shows how to make a paper piping bag.  This is where cookery meets origami, but it is a very useful cookery skill to learn, and even more so when it comes to decorating special cakes such as birthday or Christmas cakes . It is much easier to use a small piping bag when writing with icing on a cake – they will give you much more control, as it’s more like writing with a pencil, rather than trying to force the icing through a large bag or syringe.

  1. First you need a square of greaseproof paper approximately 15 inches square.
  2. Fold the paper in a diagonal from corner to corner.
  3. Cut along the fold to give you two large triangles of paper.
  4. Fold the triangles in half along the longest edge and again cut along the fold to give you four smaller triangles.
  5. Taking one triangle at a time, place it across the back of your hand with the longest edge across your finger tips and the top tip of the triangle pointing up your arm.  With one tip of the triangle held between your thumb and first two fingers, wind the paper around the back of your hand to form a pointed cone shape.
  6. Remove your hand from the bag and fold down the top edge where the join is.  Hopefully you will now have a small paper piping bag.
  7. Using a pair of scissors, cut off the tip of the paper cone to the size you require and you have a small paper piping bag.

Now you have learnt about making a paper piping bag, there is no excuse to use your paper piping bags for icing your cakes and applying great looking decorations.

Recipes you could use a paper piping bag with

Below are a selection of recipes where you could try out your new found skills of making a paper piping bag.  Go on – give it a try!

Paper piping bag - try it out on this Anzac biscuit dessert

April 25th

Paper piping bag - why not try it out on this Baked Alaska dessert

Baked Alaska

Paper piping bag - why not try them out making these chocolate eclairs

Chocolate eclairs

Paper piping bag - why not try them out making this chocolate and mint cupcake

Chocolate and mint cupcake

Papoer piping bag - why not try them out making these cream horns

Cream horns

Paper piping bag - why not try it out making these profiteroles

Profiteroles

Paper piping bag - why not try them out making this strawberry pavlova

Strawberry pavlova

Paper piping bag - why not try them out making these Viennese fingers

Viennese fingers