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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

For me it's getting couplers out of piping bags. So annoying and messy.

 

OMG, THIS!!!  I have THE hardest time getting couples out of piping bags.  It's one of those "grin and bear it" kinda things, haha.

 

I hate stirring ganache.  I make a lot of truffles and ganaches and I get SO BORED stirring ganache.  I also make my ganache with goat cheese instead of cream (it has an insanely good tangy combo with dark chocolate) but it can be kinda grainy sometimes so I have to stir it sooooo much.  I have callouses from stirring ganache.  I usually plop down in front of the TV and stir, stir, stir!

post #17 of 31

OP, you can use icing mixture rather than pure icing sugar for just about everything. It doesn't need nearly as much sifting. I've used it for royal icing, buttercream etc. Is there a reason you need to use the pure?

post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by CONFECTIONERIE View Post

I hate stirring ganache.  I make a lot of truffles and ganaches and I get SO BORED stirring ganache.  I also make my ganache with goat cheese instead of cream (it has an insanely good tangy combo with dark chocolate) but it can be kinda grainy sometimes so I have to stir it sooooo much.  I have callouses from stirring ganache.

Can you put the ganache in your mixer on low? Or maybe an ice cream machine, just don't freeze the bowl.
post #19 of 31

I always use pure icing sugar and it has always clumped.  I just throw it in the food processor and whiz it and then wait a few minutes before taking the lid off, otherwise you have icing sugar clouds.

post #20 of 31
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Oh my, I love this forum, I am now itching to whizz my icing sugar in the kenwood! In terms of using the alternative piping sugar stuff, I didn't even know that existed! And I am buying one of those rotary sifters!!
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post #21 of 31

Hi everyone! Just thought I'd add to the list - cleaning piping bags! hard to get all the grease off, takes several washing. For the tips and couplers I dump them all into a bowl with hot water before soaping. For mixing bowls If I have just used some lemons I would invert the leftover peels and use it to scrub my mixing bowls, takes the grease off and cuts my soaping time in half.

post #22 of 31

For me it would have to be greasing the tins.  I just really don't like it so if my husband is home then he will kindly do it for me. 

post #23 of 31

For me it's filling batter in cupcake cases. I have a storefront and bake hundreds of cupcakes each week and I just hate distributing the batter, it is tedious beyond words. I have tried so many different dispensing methods and was never satisfied with any of them. I finally had to resort to hiring someone... :grin:

 

Regarding piping bags - I only use disposable ones. Cleaning them drives me crazy. I only use the tips without couplers, but when the get stuck in the bag I just hold them under hot running water - the plastic will soften and I can remove the tip easly.

post #24 of 31
Cutting the parchment rounds & greasing pans. Ugh.

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post #25 of 31

if you turn your piping bags inside out the couplers will peel right out -- not that you'll like doing any better--but...it's easier--

 

i dread cutting dowel--i dread it every cake i make--dread--i have some shears that make it easier,, gottta miter box-- but i don't like it--it's because it's messy and i hate to have a mess after i get the cakes final iced--i don't think there's any overcoming an idiosyncrasy  :smile:

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post #26 of 31
Oh k8, I'm with ya on the cutting dowels. Hate that part.

I purchase mine in 1/4" increments but there's usually at least 1 tier that isn't exact so I have to cut.

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post #27 of 31
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Oh k8, I'm with ya on the cutting dowels. Hate that part.

I purchase mine in 1/4" increments but there's usually at least 1 tier that isn't exact so I have to cut.

 

 

have you seen those ones with the screw in the top so you can adjust it up or down? they were stupid expensive but a great idea--oh god how lazy am i??

 

i only bought a couple packs and just kept them in the drawer forever--finally used them last month--was so much fun!!!

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post #28 of 31

If I was rich, I would pay someone to color my royal icing, put it in piping bags, and then wash the bags, bowls AND the tips before switching colors, again and again. I would seriously pay someone to just hand me colored royal icing so all I have to do is decorate.

 

I'd pay them $12.75 an hour with all the benefits and if they want a room in my house I'd give it to them, too. Hell, they can have my first born male child, as long as I don't have to participate in the hellish nightmare that is switching colors when decorating with royal icing.

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post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by SweetCarolines View Post
 

If I was rich, I would pay someone to color my royal icing, put it in piping bags, and then wash the bags, bowls AND the tips before switching colors, again and again. I would seriously pay someone to just hand me colored royal icing so all I have to do is decorate.

 

I'd pay them $12.75 an hour with all the benefits and if they want a room in my house I'd give it to them, too. Hell, they can have my first born male child, as long as I don't have to participate in the hellish nightmare that is switching colors when decorating with royal icing.

 

 

buy more bowls, bags and tips when you can ;)

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