Look at this intriguing new cake decorating kit from Kuhn Rikon. Instead of the standard pastry bag, this setup uses plastic squeeze bottles. It might be helpful for those of us who are not comfortable with pastry bag decorating, but still want to make pretty things like that polka-dot cake.
The bottles are also useful for doing fancy-schmancy plate decorations and dessert sauces in those little swirls, dots, and dribbles. They could also be very useful for people with arthritis or other hand problems that make it difficult for them to grasp a pastry bag. (Even my hands get rather sore after an hour of cake decorating!)
We are rather dubious, though, of the claims that these bottles give "more control" than a bag; it looks like you would trade in fine control for slightly easier use. What do you think?
From SLT: The kit includes two tall decorating bottles, three short decorating bottles, five steel decorating tips (round, ribbon, leaf, star and basketweave) and a frosting spatula. From looking at photos of the kit up-close, these tips appear to be standard tips that would also fit a normal coupler and decorating bag. This also means that you may be able to use other tips on these bottles as well.
• Kuhn Rikon Squeezable Decorating Kit, $20 at Sur La Table
Related: How To Frost a Layer Cake
(Images: Sur La Table)