Learning how to use a pastry bag will allow you to use more cake decorating ideas and provides more options when decorating cupcakes, cookies, and other desserts. The pastry bag gives you the ability to use decorating techniques that add a special touch to your dessert.
A pastry bag is a cone shaped bag that has a small opening on one end and a large opening on the opposite end. The small opening is the decorating end that generally has different tips that can be interchanged to create different decorative shapes. The large end is used for filling the bag with a mass of soft food, such as frosting, filling, whipped cream, or dough. A pastry bag is sometimes referred to as a piping bag or a decorating bag and can be found at stores that carry cake decorating supplies.
Before you begin to decorate with it you need to know how to use a pastry bag. You will need to know how to assemble the pastry bag properly and what the different tips are used for when decorating cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other desserts. To learn how to use it for some of the basic techniques, see Decorating with a Pastry Bag.