Wilton Piping Gel Decorating Tips

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Wilton Piping Gel Decorating Tips
Piping gel can be used to give tarts a gloss. (cake image by Cristina Bernhardsen from Fotolia.com)

Piping gel is a product used in cake decorating to give dimension and sometimes colour to cakes. The clear gel can be mixed with other colours or jams for pie toppings and coloured gel can be used for wet-look designs. Wilton piping gel comes in many convenient sizes, from large tubs to handy tubes that can be piped directly onto cakes.

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Using Colored Piping Gel in Tubes

Wilton piping gel comes in many different colours in individual piping tubes. They are great for writing quick messages and names, letters or numbers on cakes. These are also handy for creating centres on flowers piped in cake frosting. Since the piping gel is transparent and see-through, be sure the underlying frosting is of a complementary colour hue or the resulting colour may not be as desired. For example, a yellow piping gel that is piped onto a blue cake will result in green-coloured piping.

Toppings Using Clear Piping Gel

Piping gel can be effectively used as a cake topping providing it is mixed with a tasty garnish. Wilton clear piping gel mixed with drained, canned dark sweet cherries makes a nice topping for a chocolate cake with a cherry filling. When using piping gel in this fashion, pipe a border around the edge to keep the piping gel topping in place. Wilton clear piping gel can also be used brushed on fresh fruit tarts to give a fresh, wet look to the fruit before serving.

Sparkle Gel for Special Effects

Wilton Sparkle Gel comes in individual tubes and can give last minute sparkle to cakes and cookies. The bright colours can accentuate flowers and piped figurines. Use the sparkle gel when writing inscriptions on the top of the cake for a dramatic and fun look for any occasion cake.

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