Icing piped onto cupcake

The surprising household item that will help you practice your piping technique

Don’t waste good icing! Try this clever piping hack instead

By Alexia Dellner, 09 September 2016
The surprising household item that will help you practice your piping technique

​You know that tried-and-true expression, practice makes perfect? Well, when it comes to learning how to decorate a cake, repetition really is the key to creating those gorgeous, beautiful-looking bakes. Whether it's a three-tiered centrepiece or dainty cupcakes, mastering how to decorate a cake can take your creation to the next level. But how to practice your piping, without spending a fortune on ingredients or wasting perfectly good icing? Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Coordinator Cher Loh has the answer - and it's probably already in your kitchen cupboard!

'No one was born to pipe. Some people are better at piping than others, granted, but piping really is about practice.'

In his how to decorate a cake tutorial, the expert chef explains that, 'No one was born to pipe. Some people are better at piping than others, granted, but piping really is about practice.' Good news for us amateur bakers! 

'A really good tip if you’re looking to practice your pipping,' Cher continues, 'is to get some Smash!’ Yes, it turns out that the instant mashed potato can help you perfect your piping!

But how can a packet of instant mashed potatoes help with your cake decorating skills, you might ask? Apparently, Smash is ‘the right consistency for piping,’ Cher explains in the video below. He also adds that it comes with the extra bonus of also being very cheap! Sounds like a winning combination to us. 

Watch the video below to see how to decorate a cake with beautiful ruffles and rosettes, or fast forward to approximately 23 minutes into the video to hear Cher talk about practicing your piping with Smash. 

How to decorate a sponge cake with ruffles and rosettes

Posted by Good Housekeeping on Friday, 2 September 2016
 

Who knew! That'll be us whipping up some Smash for dinner - and dessert - tonight! Pick up a packet of Smash here and don't forget you can stock up on all your baking supplies at Asda