How to Pipe a Zig Zag


The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!
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Step 1

Decorate with: Star tip 16 and medium consistency icing. Hold bag at 45° at 3:00 (9:00 for lefties) with tip lightly touching surface.

Step 2
Step 2

Steadily squeeze and glide tip along the surface in an up and down motion.

Step 3
Step 3

Continue piping up and down with steady pressure. To end, stop pressure and pull tip away. For more elongated zigzags, move your hand to the desired height while maintaining a steady pressure. For a more relaxed look, increase the width as you move the bag along.

Step 4

Hint: When piping zigzags, think about two motions simultaneously. The movement of your arm determines the height of the waves and the distance between them. The pressure on your bag determines the thickness of the line. Strive for uniform thickness and even spacing as you go.

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Buttercream Frosting (medium consistency)

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How to Pipe a Zig Zag is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So pretty in any color. Easy for someone new to cake decorating. Looks great.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Its so easy,even for a beginner, wilton is so creative its awesome. I am so addicted to the website for getting ideas and techniques!! Thank YOu wilton Angie
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the basic of the basics of cake decorating. I use this all the time, whenever I decorate a cake. I have practiced this cake decorating technique. Don't expect perfection the first time that you do it. Give it a try and it will work for you! (Don't give up.)
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I DO THIS ON THE SIDE OF A RED VELVET CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING. IT HELPS YOU NOT GET THE RED CRUMBS IN THE WHITE ICING AND LOOK GREAT.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It makes a wonderful border on the side of a cake!
Date published: 2010-12-06
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