Buttercream Rope

Buttercream Rope

A wonderful technique for finishing your piped baskets with pretty edging and handles. Excellent too for western or nautical theme cakes. You can make a great looking rope with round or star tips.


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  1. Fit decorating bag with star decorating tip 18 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing.
  2. Hold the decorating bag at a 45⁰ angle at 4:30 (7:30 for left-handed decorators). The tip should be lightly touching the surface.
  3. Using a steady, even pressure, squeeze while moving the tip in a gentle sideways \"S\" curve.
  4. Stop pressure and pull tip away.
  5. Insert tip under the bottom curve of the \"S\" shape.
  6. Squeeze the bag with steady pressure as you pull out, then lift the tip. Move up and over the tail of the \"S\" as you continue to squeeze and form a hook.
  7. Keep spacing as even as possible and \"S\" curves uniform in thickness, length and overall size.
  8. Hints:

    Be sure to tuck the tip into the bottom curve of the previous \"S\" before you begin squeezing, to insure the clean, continuous look of a rope.

    You can make a great looking rope with round or star tips. You can also use the basketweave tips, ridged or smooth side up.


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