Buttercream Rope Zoom

Buttercream Rope

A wonderful technique for finishing your piped baskets with pretty edging and handles. Excellent too for western or nautical theme cakes. You can make a great looking rope with round or star tips.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Fit decorating bag with star decorating tip 18 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing.

Step 2

Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 4:30 (7:30 for left-handed decorators). The tip should be lightly touching the surface.

Step 3
Step 3

Using a steady, even pressure, squeeze while moving the tip in a gentle sideways "S" curve.

Step 4

Stop pressure and pull tip away.

Step 5
Step 5

Insert tip under the bottom curve of the "S" shape.

Step 6
Step 6

Squeeze the bag with steady pressure as you pull out, then lift the tip. Move up and over the tail of the "S" as you continue to squeeze and form a hook.

Step 7
Step 7

Keep spacing as even as possible and "S" curves uniform in thickness, length and overall size.

Step 8


Be sure to tuck the tip into the bottom curve of the previous "S" before you begin squeezing, to insure the clean, continuous look of a rope.

You can make a great looking rope with round or star tips. You can also use the basketweave tips, ridged or smooth side up.

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Buttercream icing (medium consistency)



Tip: 21 ((use tip 18 for practice))


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Buttercream Rope is rated 4.566666666666666 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This rope border is what really sets a cake off! I do not make any cakes without a border on them. They really give the cake the depth they need and shows tiered cakes very nicely. The design is fairly easy to do. The hardest part is getting the size consistant with one another. I always try not to take a break in between so that I have the right feel. Before I started border ropes I used to have some shorter or longer than others. Try keeping your hand steady and at the right angle and spacing to be as consistant as possible. Once you get the technique down, it is easy to do.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I underestimated the usefulness of the rope when I first took the Wilton courses. Now, it is one of my favorite borders to use on cakes. It can be difficult to get the technique down but once you get it you can really have fun with it. I used to use the shell for nearly all of my sheet cakes but that has been changing and now I use the rope more often than not. The really nice thing about the rope is that even if you can't quite get the technique down as nicely as the picture, it still looks good!
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Making the rope with icing , I found has been the easiest piping tecnique to learn , and it looks So cool , really makes cakes stand out and come to life as far as i am tell, of course i am just a beginner still, i love rope boarders on cakes, you can do in many colors, Its neat , thanks wilton for teaching me how ,
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the look of this technique!! I used this technique as the border on the top of my Thanksgiving cake! It turned out beautifully! When I first tried to use this technique I found it somewhat difficult to get the hang of it, but with lots of practice it became easier!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rope trim... I learn this rope trim when I took my Wilton cake decorating class...This is my favorite one to use.I had to show my aunt how to do this.She been baking cakes since the early 70's... Can't remember the teacher we had in Southern Pines,NC.But she was the best.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is perfect for doing borders. I had to practice at it quite a bit to get it right but it's worth mastering this technique. Even if you don't put any other decorations on a cake adding a quick rope border helps make it look a little more finished.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love making this border for my basketweave cakes. But it looks beautiful on any cake. It's a nice alternative to the shell border. It's also a good idea to use a #18 tip for the top of the cake and a #21 for the bottom. It gives it a nice dimension.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I use this for borders A LOT! Easy to do, just remember to keep the same pressure all the way around your cake or you will have a bigger rope in some spots. But overall, great technique. Practice makes perfect.
Date published: 2010-12-03
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