I love cake decorating and have been making cakes for over 30 years! The one thing I have learned is how to use the Wilton Cake Decorating Tools for more than what they were designed for.
When I first started to decorate, my funds were limited and I made decisions on what to buy according to how many ways I could use the product. Using an item for one way a couple of times a year was not an option. So this sent me on a trail of looking to use products I buy in multiple ways.
Interestingly enough, I found out that most Wilton products have multiple uses and below are some of my favorites. I hope you will enjoy your cake decorating products as much as I have for the past three decades.
1) #789 Cake Icer Tip/16” Bag
This use of the #789 Cake Icer Decorating Tip was the most fun find for me. I discovered that I can ice the sides of Novelty Pans (instead of Stars) and save myself tons of time! In fact, this is something we teach in our Wilton Method classes.
Have you ever tried to write on a Novelty Pan filled with stars? Not easy…why not turn your 789 tip serrated edge down and make a banner across the cake. You now have a surface on which to write your message!
Don’t think I am finished yet, because I have found that thinned down cookie dough, using this bag and tip, can create perfect bar cookies!
Also, you can also fill the bag with your lasagna cheese and make strips of cheese over the noodles. This helps distribute the cheese evenly and no fuss or mess!
2) Disposable Decorating Bag
Just when I think there are no more uses for Disposable Decorating Bags, I found another! Taking Candy Melts® and placing them in a bag, securing with a rubber band, and then putting the bag in the microwave. Melt the Candy Melts, using 50% power at 30 sec. intervals. The secret is to slowly melt until it’s like cooked pudding (never hot – just melted). Cut the end of the bag and fill the candy molds.
Years ago when the family was young, I found that when going camping, filling a bag with peanut butter and another with jelly (bring scissors) works well for putting together sandwiches whenever you want them.
The last idea is super…fill the bag with cheese curls or orange jelly beans, add some green grass (sold at Easter time) secure with a rubber band and you have excellent treats for school or to place in an Easter basket.
3) The Large Coupler
The large coupler for decorating bags can easily be used as a holder for your flower nail when changing tips or bags.
Just out of panic did I discover this…Wilton icing colors make the best Easter egg dye. I was ready to dye the Easter Eggs with the children when I realized that I had not bought the “egg dye”. The kids were upset as we were ready to dye our eggs. Then it hit me – why not use the Wilton colors. Sure enough that was a great idea! I followed the directions, as with any dye, (using vinegar and hot water), and made the most brilliantly colored eggs.
5) Tip/Coupler Dishwasher and Storage Bag
Big name for a small item. I have several of these very handy Tip/Coupler Dishwasher and Storage Bags. When I first purchased one, I thought what a great idea for washing my tips. Well, that is just the “tip” of the iceberg on uses for this neat bag! Listed below are a few more:
- Storage for extra couplers
- Storage for my Fondant Ribbon Cutter pieces
- Storage when I am traveling and want to have a few tips with me
- Storage for my tip covers
Having all my items separated in these bags helps with organization!
I am sure in the future there will be many more that I will buy and I can assure you they will all have “Multiple Uses”!
What ‘other’ uses have you found for your Wilton products?