What can i use piping gel for?
What is piping gel?
Piping Gel is a clear transparent gel, made with corn starch, and has many uses, therefore making it an extremely versatile product to keep in your cupboard.
What can i make using piping gel?
- Water effects
Instant water (ponds, lakes, streams, sea!) for use on cakes, cupcakes, cookies etc. May be coloured blue or left plain.
Piping gel is very sticky, therefore is excellent to use as a glue for sticking light sugar pieces together. It is transparent so will not show. If a more substantial glue is required, simply mix the gel with some sugarpaste to make a more ‘tacky’ mixture. This could also be used to hide blemishes/holes on sugarpasted cakes – simply brush on and work in to conceal the error.
- Colouring and flavouring
Any colour may be added – concentrated paste colours are ideal. Why not also add a flavour?
Add a touch of sparkle with the addition of edible glitter and glitter flakes.
Place into a piping bag for piping decoration onto cakes and cookies. The gel sets after a while, becoming fairly solid.
Perfect for masking polystyrene dummy cakes before coating with sugarpaste. Brush over the tops of cupcakes before icing.
Use as a glaze on sugar pieces (eyes, noses on animals!) – dilute slightly with clear alcohol first, and flavour if wished. Add a glaze onto fruit tarts and baked goods – this also helps to preserve them.
Add a touch to royal icing when creating brush embroidery. This not only softens the icing for working it with a brush, but will prolong the working time before the icing dries out.
- Stained glass effect
Colour in several shades if creating a stained glass effect on cakes or cookies.
If added to whipped cream, this will stabilise the cream, therefore helping to keep the cream a little longer at room temperature.