Decorating with piping gel

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Piping gel is another ingredient that you can use to make interesting pictures on cakes. Most of my visitors who are in the cake business is already an expert in this technique. However, for the sake of some newbies, I’ve decided to document my project this morning using piping gel.Take note that I am also still learning, so forgive me if the end result is not that good.

Ok, first of all decide what you want to draw on the cake. You can pipe directly on the cake or like me, trace it. I take a baking sheet and trace the picture that I like.


Then I transfer the paper onto my cake. Before that I have covered the cake with fondant and leave it to dry overnight. You can also cover the cake with icing but make sure it is cool in the fridge and the icing has hardened a little.


To trace the picture, I use a toothpick and prick some holes along the pencil line. Remove the paper and you will see the dotted lines on your cake. Now, draw the outline. I use melted chocolate for this and pipe it using a paper piping bag. You need a steady hand for this.

Leave that to dry.

Colour your clear piping gel. I use my gel colouring, you can also use the usual liquid colouring. This is how the clear gel looks like.


Spoon the coloured gel into the paper piping bag, snip the end and fill in the outlines.


That’s all there is to it, actually. Apart from the paper piping bag, I also used a small artist brush to touch up and blend the colours together. My finished picture :


I’m using a dummy cake here, so for the finishing touch, I just tied a ribbon at the bottom of the cake.

I think this is one of the easiest cake decorating technique. I’m hoping with a little more practice I can make finer piping for the outline. The important thing is the consistency – you have to make sure the icing or melt chocolate you are using is soft, if it is too thick the lines will break and you will have big bulbs. It has to be smooth and thin so you can glide easily to trace the outline. Filling in the gel is easy and I’m sure you will not encounter any problem.

Well , I hope this article has been useful. Cheerio ! :)

Update 16th May, 08 – click here for more ideas on decorating with piping gel.


syikeen says:

Hi Chef Min. i am one of your biggest fan. i love to see your creative ideas with your great ideas and your amazing creations on the cakes esp your ideas in making fondant figurines.you’re my idols of creation.if you dont mind sharing, may i know, how to make the colour tones using piping jelly? tq for sharing.

heena patel says:

Very nice collection i like this really thnxxx for sharing…..))

jj says:

georgeous cake… never really heard of the gel stuff, worked out awsome 4 u though

Min says:

Hi Grace, yes you can use buttercream or similar frosting on the cake. Just let it crust a little bit before you transfer the pattern. Probably for this type of cake, its better to trace on acetate sheet. Check out http://www.wilton.com/decorating/basic/patterns.cfm.
I never make my own piping gel. Just buy the ready made one. Thanks.

grace guillermo says:

I would like to try that for my son’s third birthday cake. Can I use whippedcream. And how do I make the piping gel? please help I only got a month to plan. thanks

Min says:

Thanks Wiz..I’m not as good as you, your cakes are an inspiration. Anyway, saw your daisy cupcakes just now, and they look so simple and sweet. Thanks for visiting.

wiz says:

I have never liked drawing on my cakes. I am a lousy drawer and tracer. If someone asks me to decorate a cake using such technique, I would normally recomend another person to do the job, like Nina, Lindaza and many more out there. I don’t think I would be good at it since the interest is not there kan. But you are just a natural at this Min.

All the best!

Min says:

Yes that is a very good idea. If you use the crusting type of butter cream, I think the toothpick outline can work. But the easiest would be using the transparency thing. Only have to be careful not to make any mistake or you’ll smudge the cake. Thanks Fatboy.

fatboybakes says:

i learnt this technique in wilton course, but never quite got around to doing it. mainly coz we learnt it on a buttercream icing, and you knowla, the wilton buttercream is awful (all shortening etc), and requires meringue powder (which is so expensive),…the toothpick outline’s a good idea, but i guess cant really do on butter icing right, it’ll stick to the paper. alternatively, you can buy those edible marker pens, and use a transparency and just print on your pattern directly the cake.

Min says:

Hi Erin, with a little practice I think everyone can do it. You should give it a try. Love your blog, what were u doing in Ghana ? I have to read the archives :). Thanks.

What an artistic looking cake! Very cute. I like the way you used the coloring.

I havent really tackled any super artistic cake decorating, but your site makes me want to give it a try.

Min says:

Your welcome Zai..

zaitgha says:

this is something i had not ventured as yet…….thanks for sharing

Min says:

Thanks Soni, it’s an honour to have someone like you visit my site.

Anamika says:

Thanks for sharing..will try your way.

Min says:

Hai Val, mentenet kat ofis ye ? Ni salah guna facility ni.. thanks for your encouraging comments. :)

val says:

lawanya min.mcm ni rupanya org buat decor decor cake-yg ada gambar princess lah, sponge bob la etc.mcm ni pula ya