Quick & Easy Piping Gel (Icing)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 mins

Why buy a tube of piping gel when you can make your own quickly and inexpensively?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In microwaveable bowl, mix cold water and cornstarch together.
  2. Add corn syrup and white vanilla, and stir until combined.
  3. Microwave on high for 1min 30sec - 2 min until mixture boils and turns clear.
  4. Remove from microwave and let cool (whisk occasionally while cooling).
  5. Add food dye (gel) to make desired color.
  6. Put in piping bag and use to decorate cakes, cookies, etc.


Most Helpful

Worked really well. I think they meant 3-4 teaspoons of cornstarch not tablespoons. 1 tablespoon worked perfectly. I colored mine green. Takes to coloring better than I expected.

Kellielf January 05, 2014

I cut the recipe in half only needed a bit had to make twice first time used 1 1/2 tbs corn starch but it got too thick so used just one and turned out purfect and only cooked for 45sec =)

bsweet10 October 12, 2012

This is an amazing recipe, but as one of the messages said, it is 3 teaspoons, not tablespoons.

ynowell February 13, 2014

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