Kitchen Tip: No Mess Piping Bags!

Happy Monday y’all!  We spent the weekend in Texas and I have been saying y’all way too much since then 🙂  I’m barely recovering from jet-lag, a 4 am (Boise-time) flight, and coming home to a couple of sick boys.  But we can’t ever leave you empty-handed (or is it “empty-posted?) especially on a Monday!  So I wanted to share a quick tip with y’all (YES, I said it one more time.)  I’ve been doing this lately and it’s been sooo convenient!  I love to share a good tip when I find one; this one came from Karen’s Cookies.



I thought that was a great little trick and if you work with frosting a lot, you’ll quickly find how useful it is!  Enjoy your Monday, and make sure to eat a cupcake.  Words of wisdom:  weeks that start out with cupcakes are always better than weeks that don’t.  Make sure to check in on Wednesday- I’m going to show you tons of behind-the-scenes fun from our weekend trip to Texas!

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  1. This is a great tip! I’m always switching bags and tips and there’s always a huge mess! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  2. When I saw Karen’s video, I was absolutely blown away. I had to show my husband because I was so excited. He looked at me like I was completely bonkers. And then when we decorated our son’s birthday cake a few weeks later and used the technique, he was converted. BEST IDEA EVER. I’m so glad you’re passing this along to everyone!

    1. LOL@Husband thinking you were bonkers!! I showed a few corworkers and my husband the video… All I can say is, MINE too!! They just don’t understand… but they sure do when the mess isn’t there to clean up, and the finished product is on the table in front of them!! Here is the link to Karen’s tutorials and video, too: (hope it’s ok to post!)

  3. You are so smart! I LOVE it! It actually makes me want to go make frosting right now and try it out!

  4. I love this idea! I always use the disposable bags, but this makes it super easy to change colors. Love it! Love it! Love it! Thank you!

  5. I HATE washing piping bags so I usually use the disposable ones, but LOVE this tip! Also, enjoyed seeing you this weekend in Arlington and thought you should know something I’ve learned after a few years in TX: “Y’all” is singular and “All y’all” is plural. 🙂

      1. actually, y’all is short for you all, so it is plural. all y’all is for five or more. southern drawl not required, lol.

  6. Seriously brilliant…I’ve actually foregone piping when I last made such a mess that I ate almost all the frosting because it kept oozing out of the bag. Thanks!

  7. I was in Arlington at Time Out for Women!! I was so excited to listen to y’all speak. However, I woke up with my back killing me. I took Tylenol hoping it would ease the pain. When we got to the conference center, I made it up two stairs and couldn’t go any further. It hurt so bad. My mom ended up taking me to an Urgent Care facility and I miss the whole conference Saturday.

    My sister and her friend were able to attend all day Saturday and told me that you guys amazing. I’m glad that they at least got to attend so they could tell me about the highlights of the day! Thanks so much for taking time out of your schedules to come to Texas and be a part of Time Out for Women.

  8. Oh my josh!!! I just love y’all. I’ve followed y’all for a while now and this is my first comment (I think?). Anyway this is worth commenting on! I would only decorate wedding cakes because of the bags and color mess! Thanks for expanding my world. I’m off to make your toffee bars from a couple of days ago. I might add for the 2nd time! Last night for the family, today for the patients who I cook for everyday. I’m a chef at a rehabilitation center. Thanks always!

  9. AWESOME! I’m getting ready to decorate my daughters birthday cake and cupcakes this week. This could not have been more perfect timing! YEA!

  10. I can’t wait to try this! I wonder if you could put several different colors in plastic wrap that way, put them in the same bag, and do swirly frosting. Hmmmm.

  11. I just did this with snack sized ziploc bags last weekend but I didn’t think of plastic wrap. Either way, it works great!

  12. I love this tip. I used to work at Cookie Bouquet and this was how we did it there. We would make saran wrap rolls of every color and when we ran out of one, we’d just pull the used cellophane icing roll out of the bag and pop in a new one. It saves tons of time and money.

    Also, I discovered your blog just about two weeks ago and am basically obsessed. Your creamy chicken taquitos have literally changed my life. Every meal for this week is from your site. I can’t wait to try more of them. Cowboy Quesadillas tonight!

  13. What a fantastic tip! Never will I fight an icing-covered spatula again as I try to fill an icing bag. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  14. oh. my. word. Brilliant! I love cake decorating, but usually forgo the piping bag all together unless it’s a special occasion. It’s such a mess and hassle. But THIS! This changes everything! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  15. Brilliant! I’ve used Ziploc baggies before, but this is much, much better.

  16. This is pretty smart! I would have never thought to do it this way 🙂

  17. Best tip ever!! I can’t wait to try it! I have two little ones at home with me all day, so anything to save time and frustration is a definite plus! I always buy the disposable bags but hate buying them for every project because of multiple colors, so now I might invest in a good bag and some plastic wrap! Awesome tip!

    1. You are a genius! I have all these canvas piping bag s without po!y lining. I was looking for directions on how to coat them inside This technique with the plastic wrap will work perfectly. Thank you so much!

  18. What an ingenious idea! Will come in handy for the upcoming birthday season! (my boys birthdays are only weeks apart from each other!) Thanks so much!

  19. This is a great trick! Thanks for the tip! I want to take the rest of that chocolate frosting and just squeeze it right out to eat ha ha.