Figure Piping

Whether you are piping clowns, wild animals or members of the family, figure piping is one way you can really add some personality to your cake. Your figures can be as lifelike or cartoonish as you want them to be. Begin with a base, then add familiar shapes such as dots, balls and strings that give the figure personality. Once you have mastered pressure control, figure piping will be easy.

Steps:

Step 1: Use a Large Round Tip

Use a large round tip for body—12, 1A, or 2A. Use heavy pressure, gradually relaxing as you move up. Stop pressure completely and pull away.

Step 2: Place Tip at Top

Use a large round tip for head, same size as for body or smaller. Place tip at top of body and pipe a smaller, round ball.

Step 3: Pipe Body

Use Pink and Black Icing Colors. Pipe tip 2A body, tip 12 head, tip 6 snout, tip 8 legs, tip 2 dot eyes and curly string tail, tip 81 ears.

Steps:

Step 1: Use a Large Round Tip

Use a large round tip for torso—12, 1A, or 2A. Use heavy pressure, gradually relaxing as you move up. Stop pressure completely and pull away.

Step 2: Add Head

Use tip 10 to pull out arms and 12 for legs. Add head and features for the animal you are piping.

Step 3: Pipe Body

Use Brown and Black Icing Colors. Pipe tip 1A body and 2A head, tip 5 muzzle, tip 12 legs, tip 10 arms, tip 2 dot and string facial features, tip 2 ears.

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