May 01, 2015

Piping a Circle

I'm not sure about all of you, but piping a circle has to be one of the single most frustrating things ever. Is there a perfect circle? NO! Can you make it look like a perfect circle? Well, you can sure try.

I have heard where some people find it easiest to go counter clockwise with their icing. Then there are those that are able to achieve a circle by going clockwise. How about those that are able to master a turntable? Obviously I do not fall into any of these categories. So I thought I would show you how I do it.

For me the easiest way is to use Ateco 5457 12-Piece Stainless Steel Round Cutter Set, Plain like pictured below:



These cutters are my all time favorite!!


Piping a Circle



Begin by choosing a circle cutter of the size you need. Then center the cutter onto your cooled cookie. Later you get to see how I did not do a very good job centering this cutter :(




Using a scribe tool, go around the inside edge of the cutter to make a small impression. You could also use an edible marker. The main reason I use a scribe?  The icing seems to "fall" into the impression easily.



Brush off any excess crumbs to reveal your circle.



Using this circle as a guide, let your icing fall into the impression while piping.




Now flood your cookie, being careful not to add too much flood to the already piped line.



Using your scribe tool, push the icing towards any uncovered impression. It still might not be perfect, but with a little help from the scribe, all should be good.



As I said, no circle is perfect. But to make it appear as perfect as possible, try adding a beaded border.




This is about as good as it is going to get for me and circles. I sure wish I would have centered my cutter better!! But you get the idea, right?

You can see how I made this easy royal icing dogwood flower by visiting my youtube channel.



For those of you who would rather see this in video form, here you go:










Is there an easier way? I don't know, but if you do, please share!



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