When you are decorating cupcakes the easiest way to put icing on them is by using a pastry bag. If you have never used a pastry bag to decorate cupcakes it might sound a bit scary. These step by step directions on how to fill a pastry bag SUPER easy!
How To Fill A Pastry Bag
I can promise you, that once you decorate cupcakes with a pastry bag you will never go back to the old way of frosting cupcakes. Decorating cupcakes is not the only thing that is useful with pastry bags. When I am filing cakes with filling like bavarian cream, it is easier and less messy to do with a pastry bag.
I also find it much easier to make my chocolate chip sandwich cookies by filling them using a pastry bag instead of spooning the frosting.
Speaking of cupcakes and frosting, if you are looking for AMAZING homemade cupcake recipes, check these out!
- Mocha cupcakes
- Angel Food Cupcake
- Rainbow Cupsakes
- chocolate cupcakes
- vanilla cupcakes
- strawberry cupcakes
- Sugar Free Vanilla cupcakes, with homemade sugar free buttercream and then topped with some dyed coconut make such a pretty, tasty and low carb treat!
If you are looking for some amazing frosting recipes be sure to check these out!
- Marshmallow Fluff Frosting
- Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- Strawberry Buttercream frosting
- Cream cheese frosting
- Vanilla Whipped Frosting
- Almond Buttercream
How to Fill a Pastry Bag
First get your pastry bag set up ready. You want to have a tall drinking glass, your pastry bag (or bags), filling or frosting, and the pastry bag tips that you are going to be using.
Take your tall drinking glass and fold your pastry bag over the edges. You want the inside of the pastry bag to be opened so you can easily pul the filling into the pastry bag.
Next, place the coupler into the pastry bag. The coupler is the plastic piece that is normally inside the pastry bag.
Fill the pastry bag with your item of choice. This easy way to fill a pastry bag works with all fillings, all frostings, melted chocolate and more.
Depending on how full you have your pastry, you can do the next 2 steps in which ever order you want to.
You can pull up the open end of the pastry bag, twist closed and tie it with a rubber band to make sure the filling does not come out of the wrong end of the bag. Then place the tip on the end of the piping bag.
If your bag is not that full you can pull up the open end of the pastry bag, then place the tip on the end of the piping bag. And then twist the bag closed and tie it with a rubber band to make sure the filling does not come out of the wrong end of the bag.
Add the end piece of the coupler on top of the tip to security in place.
And tada! You are now ready to fill your desserts!
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Do yourself a favor and print out the How Many Pints in a Quart? and other liquid measurements printable to help you with your measurements in the kitchen! I have mine hanging on my fridge and it makes a super easy cheat sheet for whenever I am cooking and need to use liquid measurements.
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