Icing Guns – do you need one?
Ever wanted to decorate a cake like the experts? Then you should really consider purchasing an Icing Gun. One of the most popular tools in a baker’s arsenal these little things can do wonders to any cake. A couple of things to look for when purchasing: Easy grip and trigger action, light weight and clear barrel to take the guess work out of refilling.
These items range from $9 to $49 and is easily accessible in any of the listed Cake Decorating Supply stores in Sydney.
How to use the icing gun to make biscuits:
300g butter, softened
- Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together to make your biscuits. Mix these together well and then add half the flour. Keep mixing and adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky – its best to use your hands;
- Secure the stainless steel tube in the handle of the gun. Feed your dough into the tube from the top of the nozzle.
- Place onto the tube and insert the biscuit cutter into the ring.
- Squeeze the trigger so that the dough is against the cutter before commencement.
- Place the ring against a greased baking tray and squeeze once. As you do this you should feel the mechanism click.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven (180˚C) for approximately 15 minutes and allow to cool before eating – enjoy!
How to use the icing gun to decorate cakes:
- Use royal frosting or butter cream icing. Soften it with a little water first if using fondant.
- Fill the stainless steel tube with the icing.
- Squeeze the trigger slowly as you hold the gun over your cake. You can also hold the metal release device down, squeezing the icing out more gently.
- For different effects it’s recommended that you try out different nozzles. and with a little practice you’ll soon be producing professional-looking cookies and cakes.