This is a Tala icing syringe. It belonged to my grandmother and I actually used it to make the incredibly complex, but oh, so delicious Harry Potter Butter Beer cupcakes for Christmas. The recipe requires a squeeze bottle, which I didn’t have, so I figured I use a narrow tip on a cookie press, also acquired from my grandmother. But I found this old icing syringe stored with the press. It worked, but just how old is the thing?
The instruction booklet says that Tala is the Taylor, Law & Co. Ltd, in Stourbridge, England. They’re still in business and make a retro line of cake decorating tools. When I checked out their website, the ’50s vintage tool has plastic on the handle (which would have been nice, let me tell you). This one predates that. There’s a New York address in the booklet and it uses the old zones mailing code that the USPS started using in 1943. So this was made sometime after 1943, but before the end of the fifties.
I’m not known for my icing skills and I don’t recall my mother or grandmother making elaborately decorated cakes and cookies, either. Frankly, it hurts your fingers to use that thing, which is why Tala added the plastic padding. And, also, probably why it hadn’t been used in fifty or so years.
I’m curious to know if anyone uses modern Tala cake decorating tools. I see them on Amazon and the design hasn’t changed much. Are many of you cake and cookie decorators or do you leave it to the pros?