I haven't been around here in a while! This is mostly because I'm a junior in college and try not to procrastinate too much. But, I'm hoping all of you can help me out.
I've recently discovered one of my favorite things to make is cupcakes. So, I've actually started selling them to students. That way I can make them much more often -- because ingredients like butter are expensive and I live on a budget.
But anyway, I need them to look professional. I have icing tips and usually use them with a ziploc with a corner cut-off. However, I'm thinking I could make better-looking cupcakes more reliably if I have a pastry bag. So, I did an internet search to find out. Omg, confusion.
Disposable? Canvas? Plastic? Polyurathane? "soft"? Coupler? WHAT?!
Here's my question. Those disposable ones (like in the link below)...
Disposable Soft Pastry Bags: Professional Cake Pans and Cake Decorating Supplies
Do you just snip them and insert your pastry tip? How does the frosting not just come out of the sides (like it did last night when I tried using a zip-lock). I'm thinking I had the mistake with the zip lock because it was a small and light-weight one.
How do you know if you need a coupler? Ideally, I'd like one pastry bag I can wash and re-use, but do those need couplers? Or do you just put the tip in? Do couplers help?
Finally, where can you get pastry bags if NOT online? I live in Chicago (Evanston, really), so lord knows there should be somewhere around here.
Any help I can receive is MUCH appreciated. Thank you for helping me sort out my confusion.