A Frosting Piping Technique for Hearts

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Whether you want to decorate a cake for Valentine's Day or for a princess themed birthday party, frosting hearts are easy decorations that you can add with frosting and a simple decorating bag. You can pipe buttercream frosting hearts directly onto cakes, cupcakes or cookies, or pipe royal icing hearts onto parchment paper and allow them to harden before adding them to cakes. This technique uses a round decorating tip, but a round hole cut in the decorating bag also produces good results so you don't need to purchase a tip just for this technique.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorating bag
  • Scissors
  • Round decorating tip
  • Parchment paper
  • Cut a small hole at the tip of a decorating bag or in the corner of a plastic storage bag, or form a cone from parchment paper and snip a bit from the tip. Insert a round decorating tip through the hole so about half of the tip sticks out. Alternatively, insert a decorating tip coupler in the bag so you can switch out different tips for the same color frosting.

  • Fill the decorating bag with your choice of frosting color. Squeeze out the air bubbles and push the frosting through the tip. Squeeze a bit of the frosting through the tip and onto a scrap piece of parchment paper to ensure all air bubbles are removed.

  • Hold the tip at about a 45-degree angle with the cake. Apply medium pressure to the bag to squeeze out a small circle of frosting; lift the tip away from the cake slightly to allow the frosting circle to spread slightly.

  • Drag the tip down at a slight angle while slowly reducing pressure on the frosting bag. The reduced pressure tapers the frosting to a point. Stop squeezing the bag to stop the flow and break off the icing stream. Basically, you squeeze the frosting bag and slowly reduce pressure until you stop so the tear drop-shaped design tapers uniformly.

  • Hold the frosting bag beside the starting point for the first half of the heart. Pipe the second half of the heart so the tapered ends overlap and the two rounded ends form the round hump of the heart. If you dragged the first tapered line from left to right, the second should mirror that exactly, starting from top right and dragging down to bottom left.

Tips & Warnings

  • It always helps to squeeze out a few practice hearts before committing to piping the hearts on the cake. Do this on a scrap piece of parchment paper as you burp the air pockets from the bag. This is true of any new decorating technique, whether it's your first time piping hearts or your first time making frosting rosettes.

References

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