piping wide stripes?

Celena - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a Wilton sports ball pan and am wanting to make a striped rubber ball-looking cake for my son's first birthday. I've seen decorators use fondant for stripes but would like to avoid that if possible. I've also seen the method of using the star tip to fill in solid blocks of color and will do that if I need to. I'm wondering if, using a wide flat icing tip, can I pipe reasonably smooth stripes around a ball cake with buttercream or something similar? Any advice would be wonderful, thanks!

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Candice - posted on 01/19/2010

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I do it all the time with the Tip #789 (Cake Icer), 1D, and 2B. I would recommend using a turntable to help apply the stripes. You could also just apply the frosting, in a stripe pattern, and then use an offset spatula to smooth out each stripe separately.

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