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.
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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 4.6 out of 5 by 30.
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 5 out of 5 by from I love using the rope for boarders and edges. It is a very easy technique to learn and execute. Now I use it all the time with a different tip sizes and it looks great with all of the sizes!
Date published: 2011-05-13
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
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