Well, here it is. The last article for cake decorating basics.
I honestly can't tell you how excited I am that we have already come this far!
You are well on your way to becoming a pro decorator!
Today I am going to talk about pressure control and how it affects your piping skills.
When it comes to cake decorating (and cookie decorating) there are 3 things that are the most important and the most challenging to learn:
ONE - Getting the right frosting consistency for your needs;
TWO - Understanding how to hold your pastry bag - and doing it correctly;
THREE- Pressure control.
If you haven't read these articles then I highly recommend you do so now.
Pressure control is the ability to squeeze your pastry bag with the same amount of pressure while you are moving it.
Here's a great example why pressure control is so important:
In the above picture, I used a #12 tip (the end is just a circle) for all 4 lines.
The top line I didn't use enough pressure for this tip size.
The third line I slightly used less pressure in the middle and more at the end.
The bottom line I squeezed too hard for this sized tip and made my pressures sparatic throughout the entire line.
(The second line from the top is the best line out of the 4.)
When you are piping borders, words, zig zags and other decorations, you need to have a steady and constant pressure or it will look messy.
There is only one way you will learn pressure control and that is from practicing.
Whether you practice once a day or once a week, a little goes a long way!
When I started I didn't practice regularly, I only practiced when I made a cake or cupcakes. I didn't get good until I devoted 2 hours every Thursday to the art of piping.
If this is something you are serious about, dedicate and devote and you will get there.
The next chapter to my cake decorating tutorials is diving into the world of piping.
During these tutorials you will:
*Get used to holding your piping bag;
*Learn how to apply a constant pressure;
*And learn piping fundamentals.
Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions or comments please post them below.
See you next time,
Julie - XOXO
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