Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wanted- piping skills. Inquire within.

I can't pipe. It's official. I was waiting for my order from Karen's Cookies to get here before I made the final judgment. I had ordered a SUPAtube from PME. (Hello -- It's called "SUPA." It's GOT to be great.) I tried the size 00 and the line seemed too small for this cookie. And then I tried the size 0, and I couldn't get anything to come out. Not anything. I even tried squeezing my icing through a brand new nylon before putting it in the piping bag. (And made a completely unrelated giant mess all over my counter. Okay, maybe not unrelated.) No success. I'm a failure at piping.

 But I've had this design bouncing around in my brain ever since the first day I met my friend called "Supatube Possibility." Oh sure, lots of people told me that the PME tips don't make people amazing at piping. But they couldn't possibly have meant ME. Surely, it would be magical for ME.
 
After wallowing in self pity while cleaning up a pretty big mess and dumping my icing dreams down the drain, I decided to just put the 00 back on, and make that work somehow. And then I realized that I had lost it. On the day I got it. A $5 SUPAtube. Don't tell my husband.

There was only one thing left to do. I resorted to fondant. Sigh. Maybe I just need to spend more quality time with my piping bag. Maybe we should take a cruise through the Mediterranean and get to know each other. (Don't tell my husband.)

10 comments:

Heidi said...

I for one think your piping looks fabulous! You should see mine... (there is a really, really good reason why you will never see me do intricate string work on ANYTHING)
Loved your post, it definitely made me smile, and thanks for stopping by Cake Crumbs. Hopefully I will get a new post up sometime soon. Hope to see you again. :)

Glora said...

Are you telling me that the intricate design that looks like piping is actually fondant? You are seriously TALENTED!!! These are beautiful. Thanks for your sweet comment on my VERY simple biscuits.

Haniela said...

Girl,you have some of the best designs I've seen in a long time, these are probably my favorite, love the freedom of the movement

HRM said...

I can't tell you how much I love your blog. It's the perfect mix of sarcasm and sweet. Your cookies are fanatastic!

lilaloa said...

Aww, thanks all of you! You certainly know how to make a girl feel better about not being "SUPA."

Debbie said...

Your piping skills are great, and you are amazing at working with fondant, something I haven't played with since my Gum Paste and Fondant Wilton class. Do you buy your fondant or make it?

And I've still had issues with the PME tips. I still have my icing strings break randomly sometimes and curl (which people seemed to say doesn't happen with them), but the icing does seem to flow more smoothly than Wilton (or maybe it's all in my head from all the hype). ???

lilaloa said...

Debbie -- I make my own fondant. Here is a link for how I do it --

http://lilaloa.blogspot.com/2008/04/marshmallow-fondant.html

I could never tell from your work that you ever have problems with your tips! I guess I will just keep trying with my new PME tips!

The Painted Cookie said...

I have the #0 & #00 and rarely use them! But I do love the 1, 1.5, 2, & 2.5's. I have bought at least 4 of each of those sizes. I especially love them for flooding as the Wilton tips would leave lines. When you have a chance play around with your icing and adding drops of water to thin it ever so slightly. And I agree with Hani, you have had some gorgeous designs! : )

Terri said...

THANK YOU...for posting this! I guess misery DOES love company, because I suck at piping too. In fact, I avoid writing on cookies as much as possible! I did not have any great results with the PME tips either...I had myself set up for perfect piping when I bought them, only to be disappointed. The ONLY thing that I have not tried is the "icing through the nylon" trick...and it sounds as though that doesn't work perfectly either. *sigh*.

Having said all that...you do beautiful work as is...I wouldn't lose any sleep over a little piping!

Natalie said...

Seriously, your cookie looks awesome. I had lots of issues piping yesterday, it just kept breaking. I think I am going to blame the icing this time. Te he.

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