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How to Use a Paper Cone in Cake Decoration

Feb 29, 2008
Cake decorating is well known as one of the great edible arts. One of the most important tools of any cake decorator is the paper cone. The paper cone, in many ways, is the ideal baker's tool because it is cheap, efficient and easy to work with. This tool can be a great way to work with several different colors without accidentally mixing up your different colored icings.

Other Reasons Why You May Want to Consider Paper Cones

There are other reasons why paper cones have become widely used in cake decoration. Many professional bakers and pastry chefs actually prefer cones because they can often be much easier to use than a pastry bag. They can be made in almost all sizes, including very small, and they are much easier to control. This means that they make it much easier to use when the chef is working on a small scale or when doing very delicate work.

Important Factors When Working with a Paper Cone

There are some important things to consider when you are working with a paper cone. One of the most important factors is to make sure that the icing you are using has a good consistency. In order to work with a facile hand during cake decorating, you must be able to achieve a consistency in which the icing is neither too thin nor too thick. The icing must be soft and thin enough to flow through the cone opening. However, if the icing is too stiff, it will be difficult for it to flow easily through the cone opening. However, in some cases, you will want stiff icing so that the designs hold their weight and shape, especially when forming large decorations such as flowers.

Exacting the Correct Pressure On Your Paper Cone

Finding just the right pressure is one of the biggest tricks to making neat and exact decorations using a paper cone. When you are working with one, it is important that you keep a steady pressure on the paper cone so that the icing flows out evenly. When you are working with specific kinds of decorations, such as when you are doing certain borders, you will want to move between a light and heavy pressure. This takes practice, as you have to know how to regulate the pressure from the cone at just the right momentum. It takes a lot of practice, but once you have got the hang of it, using this tool for cake decoration can be a pleasure.

Tips for Decorating with a Paper Cone

There are many tips that can help you learn how to control cake decorating using a paper cone. Here are some simple guidelines on learning to use a one for cake decorating. First, you can begin by filling your cone half full with icing. If it becomes too full, you will find it difficult to squeeze out the icing, and the icing make squeeze out of the top of the cone! Avoid this by not overfilling your paper cone. Once you have half-filled the cone, fold down the top of it to close it off at the top. Use scissors to cut off the tip of the cone. It is always better to snip off to little than too much. Once you have snipped out the bottom, practice on a paper towel before you get to decorate your dessert. If the bottom is too small, snip off a little more. When you hold the paper cone, try to position your fingers so that you can apply pressure with all of you palm at the same time.
About the Author
Josephine Gauttier is the author of the popular eBook "The Art of Cake Decorating". You can find more information about cake decorating at http://www.artofcakedecorating.com
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