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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How to Pipe a Zig Zag is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cake I used this on a cake during culinary ats in school and it is amazing. I like how perfect it comes out out of the hole.
Date published: 2018-04-20
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
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