How to use piping gel

Updated April 17, 2017

Piping gel is a clear smooth medium used in cake decorating. Piping gel is made mostly out of corn syrup and has a hair gel-like consistency. This gel is best used to transfer a design, write on a cake and create patterns.

Insert the coupler into the piping bag and push it down to the bottom. Attach the #2 tip to the outside of the coupler and secure with the coupler ring. Fill a small amount of piping gel into the piping bag with the tip attached. Twist the bag three times clockwise, hold it between your thumb and index finger and apply pressure with the palm of your hand to extrude the gel. In most instances, you will not need more than 2 tablespoons of piping gel, so be cautious of using too much.

Place a picture you would like to transfer onto the cake under a piece of waxed paper. Trace over the design with the piping gel, making sure to cover all lines with a small amount of gel. Turn the waxed paper upside down and transfer the design onto the cake. Using your index finger gently apply pressure tracing each line on top of the waxed paper. You will know the gel has adhered to the cake when it appears less shiny through the waxed paper. Peel the paper away gently and you will see the piping gel design you can fill in with further icing decorations.

Colour the piping gel in a bowl by adding a small amount of gel colour using a toothpick. Mix the piping gel and the gel colours well. If you use regular food colouring to colour your piping gel, it will water down the gel and make it too thin in consistency. Fill the coloured piping gel into a piping bag with the #2 tip and coupler attached.

Write with the coloured gel on birthday cakes, cupcakes and even cookies. Piping gel will write much more smoothly than the typical buttercream lettering. If you wish to practice your writing prior to applying lettering to your cake, write out several practice words on a piece of waxed paper. You can scrape up the practice gel and put it back into the piping bag and write on the cake.

Wash piping bag, tips, spatulas, bowls and couplers clean of piping gel throughly. Piping gel is quite sticky and is best cleaned immediately with hot soapy water. Once opened, piping gel will keep for 8 months to a year in the pantry.


A little piping gel goes a long way, so use sparingly.

Things You'll Need

  • Piping gel
  • Small spatula
  • 8-inch piping bag
  • #2 round tip with coupler
  • Gel icing colours
  • Toothpick
  • Small bowl
  • Waxed paper
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Daniel Potter has a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management as well as an associate's degree with an emphasis in English. Potter has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and several other private ventures. Potter prefers to write for eHow about all topics.