How to Pipe Cornelli Lace

The random lacy design of this free-form technique depends on the continuous curving lines that do not overlap or touch. Can be used in a small design area or on an entire cake surface. Good for wedding, anniversary and other formal event cakes, but lends itself to more casual themes, as well.
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Step 1

Fit decorating bag with round decorating tip 2 and fill no more than 1/4 full with thin consistency icing.

Step 2
Step 2

Hold the bag at a 90° angle, with tip slightly above the surface so that icing attaches without scraping the cake with the tip or flattening the icing lines.

Step 3
Step 3

Starting at the edge of the area being filled in, pipe a continuous curving line of icing, curving it up, down and around until the area is covered and you?ve reached an edge of the area. Make certain curving lines never touch or cross.

Step 4
Step 4

Stop pressure; pull tip away.

Step 5

Hints: Pipe one continuous curving line of icing, bringing the end to an outside edge; don't leave any loose ends.

Try to avoid a visible pattern of lines. Change directions often.

Trim the edges of the Cornelli lace design, or the top and bottom of the cake being covered in Cornelli lace, with a piped border.

Use round decorating tip 1 for a more delicate look.

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How to Pipe Cornelli Lace
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How to Pipe Cornelli Lace is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been a beginner cake decorator since August 2010, once I took a Wilton course at Michael's (which I loved!). I had seen the Cornelli Lace on cakes throughout the site and Wilton's wedding books. It's such a classic and beautiful look. Well, I finally tried it last month. It was easy to do and the instructions on the site are very clear. You definitely need the right consistency for the icing, otherwise your hand will get tired. I didn't have a tilting stand for the cake, but I think that would make the decorating a bit more comfortable. Overall, awesome design for simple elegance!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love to do the cornelli lace. It is fairly quick and a good way to decorate a cake fast and easy. the best part - there is no mistakes!
Date published: 2011-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For my Dad's 70th birthday I made him a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and dark chocolate cornelli lace over the entire top of the cake. It was fairly easy to do and was really pretty when it was done. The cake was pretty big so I had to stop a few times and give my hand a took me a while to get it done.
Date published: 2010-12-06
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