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Talking more about cake basics today and the essential cake decorating tools you need to help your cake game go to the next level. 

Just like having the right ingredients will ensure you get a great tasting cake, having the right tools helps to ensure you end up with a great looking cake too! There are so many fun tools and gadgets you could spend your money on, but you don’t need all of them to get started.

Let’s first focus on the “essentials” and then, we’ll take a look at the “nice to haves.”

Essential Cake Decorating Tools


To kick off our list of essential cake decorating tools is the turntable. This was one of the biggest game changers for my decorating. There are a lot of turntables on the market, so depending on how much you’re decorating cakes will help determine what type of turntable you should get. If you’re only making a birthday cake every once in a while, I think you’ll be fine with something less expensive like THIS Ateco plastic one.

It’s the same one we use in my cake classes at Orson Gygi.  For the annual birthday cakes, this is my favorite go to!

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If you’re making cakes pretty frequently, I think it’s worth investing in a cast iron turntable like THIS Ateco one. It’s two separate pieces, so the top spins really nicely. The base is a heavy cast iron, so it doesn’t move around or wable. I went through a lot plastic ones the first year or so I started my blog and then finally decided I needed something more durable. I’ve had this Ateco one for about four years now. If it ever starts to stick, I just grease it with WD40.

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Cake Scraper

Another tool I think is a must-have is a cake scraper. A cake scraper is the tool I use to smooth out the sides of my cake. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of variations (i.e. heights, materials, thicknesses, etc.) of scrapers. They are not all created equal. For many years I settled on, and truly liked, THIS Ateco one. What I found to be the superior qualities of this scraper were the weight and thickness. However, it wasn’t quite tall enough for my bigger cakes and I didn’t like that it had textures on all sides. So last year I decided to design my own scrapers, in addition to spatulas, acrylic disks and a few other things we’ll talk about later. As I designed my scraper set, I made sure it was just as thin and light as the Ateco one I had liked for so many years. I also added a handle and separated the textures so you have three scrapers in the set.  It’s a must have for occasions like birthday cakes, wedding cakes, and more!

One of my favorite things to hear from customers that have bought and used the tools is how surprised they are with how light weight they are and the major difference the tools made in their decorating! NOTE: Scrapers will be back in stock the first week of February.

Icing Spatulas

To go along with the scrapers and turntable, I think everyone needs a good set of icing spatulas – one straight and one offset. I like to use the straight spatula for the sides of the cake and the offset spatula for the center and top of the cake. As I created my own set of spatulas, getting the right blade length was super important to me. Some blades are too short, which makes it difficult to frost the sides of your cakes. And then some blades are too long, which makes it difficult to control the spatula.

Acrylic Disk

Another tool that will change your world is the acrylic disk. You’ll use the disk to help you get sharp edges and straight sides. I’ve created a full tutorial on how to use the disks HERE.

NOTE: Acrylic disks will be back in stock next week!

Quality Cake Pans

One more essential to invest in to step up your cake game are quality cake pans. I recommend Fat Daddio Pans. Fat Daddio specializes in anodizing their pans – which basically means they’ve created a pan that evenly distributes heat really, really well. What does that mean for you? It means you’ll get a more even bake in your cakes.

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The Nice to Haves

Ok, so now that you have the essential cake decorating tools, let’s talk about the “nice to haves.” These are items that you can live without, but are definitely nice to have!

Cake Leveler

A cake leveler does exactly what the name implies – levels cakes. Each side has numbers on it so that you can line up the wire to create a perfectly leveled cake. I have THIS one by Wilton. 

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Cake Lifter

Ever wonder how I move my cakes from the turntable to the pretty cake stand? It’s as simple as one tool! The cake lifter. I also designed my own version of this tool to match the collection. I love the color so much, this actually sits on my counter against the wall behind my trivet near the stove. 

This cake lifter is actually quite heavy and will support your cakes nicely. Just make sure you don’t rely solely on the lifter. You’ll still need to place your hand under the lifter a bit to support the cake.

Stacking birthday cakes will become a piece of cake 😉

Cake Boards

I’d also suggest getting cake boards, something you can find at your local craft store like Joann’s, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They come pre-cut and having one under your cake will help you easily slide your cake lifter under the cake to move it. 

Parchment Paper

I think it’s also really nice to have parchment paper. Using a combination of cooking spray and parchment paper will help your cakes come out of the cake pans really nicely. You can get pre-cut parchment rounds like THESE or trace your pans on parchment paper and cut out each circle. Whichever way you decide to go, just make sure you’re spraying your pans with non-stick spray, placing parchment rounds at the bottom of the pan, and spraying the parchment with non-stick spray as well.

Silicone Piping Bag

A reusable piping bag will come in handy when you’re ready to do some piping designs on the top or sides of the your cake. We just had to make one in pink!
Drip Bottle

And last but not least, the drip bottle! I love this little guy for applying my chocolate drips.

Cake Without the Tools

While all these tools are fun to have and certainly will make decorating your cake a bit easier, not having them shouldn’t be the reason you don’t make a cake from scratch.

You can make all the same delicious cakes in 9″x13″ pans. I recorded an IGTV that you can watch HERE.

Or, if you do a layered birthday cake, you can even decorate it on a plate with a knife like you would with a turntable and spatula.

8 Best Cake Decorating Tools of 2021 — Top Cake Decorating Supplies

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While baking can certainly be a challenge, there’s something so satisfying about perfecting an elaborate, or even sweet and simple, dessert recipe.

And having the right utensils can help alleviate some of the stresses that often come with baking. If you have the best cake decorating tools, you can master any cake recipe — from a classic vanilla cake to a complicated mirror glaze — like a baking pro. Turns out, there are tools to help everyone master the art of baking, from kids to beginner bakers all the way up to experts.

When it comes to decorating an epic cake, there are several essential items you’ll need, including but certainly not limited to: a turntable to help you evenly distribute frosting, a scraper to smooth things out, and piping tips to add words or designs. But there are also tools that just make the process easier, like a tube frosting dispenser instead of a flimsy bag or a coupler that allows you to mix multiple colors of frosting in one go. And the good news is that most of these items are fairly inexpensive — you can even pick up whole decorating sets for as little as $17.

Start your cake decorating journey today with these essential tools.

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Best Cake Decorating Kit for Beginners

108-Piece Cake Decorating Supplies Kit

If you’re looking to build a well-stocked cake decorating drawer, look no further. For under $25, you can pick up this 108-piece value set that features a turntable, scrapers, cupcake liners, a cake leveler, 54piping tips, and more. 

“This cake supply kit came with everything I need and more to decorate cakes or cupcakes,” one five-star review read.


Best Value Cake Decorating Kit

85-Piece Cake Decorating Kit

If you’re new to baking and cake decorating, this kit will give you all the necessary tools to help get you started. It comes with piping bags and tips for icing, scrapers to smooth frosting, a turntable to decorate your cake on, and so much more.

“This cake baking set is for a novice baker like me who wants to dabble in cake decorating,” wrote one reviewer.


Best All-in-One Cake Decorating Set

366-Piece Baking Set

If you’re looking to dive into the deep end of cake baking, this 366-piece set has you covered… and for under $40. You’ll get three cake pans, a leveler, scrapers, frosting tips, a chocolate mold, cupcake liners, utensils, a cake turntable, and so much more. The set has nearly 5,000 five-star reviews. 


Best Cake Decorating Turntable

High and Low Turntable

Decorating on a turntable is a snap, because you can rotate the cake as you frost it. This one is adjustable to 3.45 inches or 5 inches so you can decorate the top or sides of your cake with ease. It also has a non-slip base to prevent any accidents while you frost. 

“This is a must have if you are an at home baker! The fact that is has the nonskid middle make icing smaller cakes so much easier,” one happy customer raved.


Best Cake Scraper

7-Piece Cake Scraper Set

A cake scraper is used to smooth or decorate the sides of your cake. This set of seven comes with flat scrapers as well as notched scrapers that can be used to add designs in the icing. The set is just $8 and has over 2,000 five star reviews.


Best Cake Leveler

Small Cake Leveler

You can cut cakes up to 10 inches in size with this adjustable leveler. It can take off the domed top layer of a cake or slice it in half for you to add fillings. 

One of the over 5,000 five-star ratings raved, “I was scared to work with layer cakes before because I fail miserably in leveling cakes … I decided to give this a try and boy I feel like I am an expert cake maker. It’s so easy to use and it works perfectly.”


Best Piping Tip Set

27-Piece Piping Tip Kit

This set comes with disposable and reusable piping bags and multiple tips for you to make all kinds of frosting creations. With 14 tips and a coupler to allow three colors to be swirled together at once, your desserts are about to look next level. 

“These tips are so easy to use and made making my daughter’s birthday cake a breeze!” one of the 1,700 five-star reviews said.


Best Cake Decorating Tool for Kids

Dessert Decorator

Every parent loves an easy clean-up in the kitchen! Holding a flimsy piping bag can be difficult for little hands, but this frosting tube gives children much more control when decorating their baked creations. 

“This is way better than the pipping bags. [It’s] less messy and super easy to clean up,” read one five-star review.

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12 Best Cake Decorating Supplies

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If you’ve ever been tasked with making a cake for a major event like a birthday, holiday party, or even a wedding, you know that the actual baking is only half the battle: It has to look good, too. Luckily, you don’t have to be a natural artist to create a cake worthy of putting on display—you just need the best cake decorating supplies. The right tools will help you frost a cake like a pro.

The Drummonds have had cake on the brain recently because of Alex Drummond’s engagement and upcoming wedding! In fact, she and her fiance Mauricio just had their cake tasting (yum)! Must-have cake decorating supplies vary from one person to the next. If you’re a sheet cake person like Ree Drummond, a few piping bags and piping tips might be all you need to create a rosette-covered masterpiece. But if layer cakes are your thing, you’ll want to invest in tools like a cake leveler and support rods, which will ensure you have an even surface to decorate (and that your creation won’t topple over in the process!). Advanced decorators might also want to have less common supplies in their arsenal, like special piping tips or fondant icing modeling tools.

Whatever your skill level or cake aspirations, there are plenty of tools for you to shop. Here are some of the best cake decorating tools to have on hand for your next big baking project.

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Ree Loves These!

The Pioneer Woman Stainless Steel Icing Spatulas

Once you use an offset spatula, you’ll never go back to frosting a cake with a butter knife again. It’s angled at the base, so you can easily frost and style hard-to-reach spots. This two-pack from Ree’s kitchenware line also includes a longer straight icing spatula, which is perfect for smoothing sides. Bonus: Both are dishwasher- safe.


Budget-Friendly Game Changer

Wilton Disposable Pastry Bags

You’ve probably heard that you can just cut one corner off of a plastic zip-top bag, fill it with icing or frosting, and pipe away. This will do the job in a pinch, but you’re definitely better off having actual pastry or piping bags on hand. They’re easier to fill and control. 


Best for Basic Decorating

Wilton 3-Piece Extra Large Decorating Tip Set

If you plan to stick to classic frosting designs like rosettes, stars, swirls, and flowers, this three-piece decorating tip set will be your best friend. The large size also works well for covering the tops of cupcakes. 


500+ Reviews

Kootek Aluminium Alloy Revolving Cake Stand

Whoever came up with the idea of a rotating cake stand is a genius. The surface spins in a circle, allowing you to ice every spot of your cake without having to pick it up or awkwardly reach. This sturdy aluminum one has more than 500 5-star Amazon reviews.


Best Cake Leveler

Wilton 10-Inch Cake Leveler

The top of a round cake often forms a dome while baking. If you’re stacking multiple layers of cake, it’s important to level off this part so you have a flat surface. You can do this with a long serrated knife, but a cake leveling tool makes it even easier. This one has an adjustable blade so you can trim layers to your desired height for a show-stopping cake.


Great for Gifting

Wilton 39-Piece Cake Decorating Kit

This decorating kit is perfect for beginners. It includes all the basic tools you need: an offset spatula, piping bags, assorted decorating tips, and a detail brush.  It also includes a how-to guide with decorating ideas. Then again, if you need even more decorating ideas, check out these crazy cakes. 


Best for Low-Key Cakes

Teenitor Cake Scraper Set

Bold buttercream frosting rosettes aren’t for everyone. These special serrated scrapers are perfect for all the minimalists out there. By dragging one along the sides of your cake, you can quickly create a subtle, ribbed pattern. 


Hidden Helper

10-Inch Gold Cake Boards

There’s nothing worse than putting the finishing touches on a cake only to realize you have no idea how you’re going to safely transport it. Using a sturdy, grease-proof cardboard cake board allows you to pick your cake up without worrying it will break apart. You can get plain white ones, but the gold color and scalloped edge on these won’t take away from your presentation.  


Editor’s Favorite

Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set

Great for anyone looking to create unique cake designs, this 55-piece set includes an assortment of specialty piping tips in addition to the classic round, star, and petal-shaped ones.


Have Fun With Fondant

Sugarcraft Fondant Modeling Tools

Hyper-realistic sculpted cake decorations are usually made of fondant, but it’s notoriously difficult to work with. These tiny tools will help you mold the clay-like icing into flowers and other fun shapes.


Best for Tiered Cakes

Wilton Support Rods and Caps

Tall cakes often have hidden rods for support. Trim these plastic ones to your desired height, then stack away without fear of it toppling over. 


Most Versatile Tool

Bench Scraper

Used to portion dough, chop vegetables, clear surfaces, and so much more, bench scrapers are the ultimate multi-purpose kitchen tools. They’re also the secret to super-smooth, professional-looking frosted cakes: Just spin your cake (on this cake stand) and hold your scraper steady against the edge of the cake.

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10 Essential Cake Decorating Tools » I Made My Cake

A comprehensive list of the most essential kitchen tools you need to start cake decorating at home.

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Cake decorating requires you to have few tools to start.

Here is a quick list of all the basic cake decorating tools you will need for baking at home.

  1. Piping Bags

Piping Bags are the first tool required to start cake decorating.

There are two types of piping bags which you can use for getting a professional finish on your cakes:

  1. Disposable Piping Bags – These are usually transparent and come in all sizes, Small, Large and Extra Large. Once done using, you need to dispose them in the trash.
  2. Silicone Piping Bags – These are reusable piping bags which you can wash and reuse again.

You also get a tube like piping bags with a push mechanism. These can be avoidable as they make piping difficult. The most common mistake of beginners is they choose these kind of plastic piping tubes which do not get them a proper finish.

2. Nozzles

Nozzles are the second most important tool for piping those beautiful designs on your finished cake.

Always go for stainless steel nozzles. Avoid the plastic ones.

Also, Stainless Steel nozzles are easier to clean when you immerse them in hot water after using.


3. Food Colors

There are three types of food colors that are commonly used in the food industry:

a. Gel-based Food Colors

Always Always Always use gel food colors with your icing: be it whipped cream, buttercream or white ganache. Gel Colors do not let the icing separate like water-based colors do.

b. Water-based Food Colors
These are good to use in cooking and not baking as they are water based and will not blend well with the icing cream which is fat-based.

c. Powder-based Food Colors

These can be used in cooking or best avoided as they mostly contain additives and never give the desired color unless you add them in large quantities.


4. Cake Boards/Drums

Cake Boards are the base on which you will place your cake layers. These are made of cardboard and covered with a sheet of aluminium foil. These are available in different shapes so you can choose them according to the shape of your cake. These are best for small-sized cakes.

Cake Drums on the other hand are much thicker than cake boards and are used for heavy cakes with more servings which are made to serve a large group of people. These are made of thick layers of cardboard or using thin sheets of plywood.


5. Sprinkles

These are the heart and soul of any pretty cake! Sprinkles are little sugar balls which come in all colors and shapes.

They may leak color on whipped cream icing.

6. Silicone Brush/ Spray Bottle

You can use this for soaking your cake layers in simple sugar syrup before layering them with icing.


Also read: 10 Must-have Beginner Bakers Tools in the Kitchen


7. Spatulas

These are very important to give a finish to your cakes after you have applied the icing all over the cake layers. These give a smooth finish to the icing if used properly and give your cakes a beautiful look. You can use small spatulas for short cakes and long spatulas for taller cakes.


8. Scrapers/Cake Combs

You can use these for getting a patterned look on your cake after you have given a finish on the cake using spatula.


9. Turntable

This is always a good asset to have while decorating cakes. Avoid the cheap plastic ones as they are not durable and do not solve their purpose. They are very finicky to use and may break easily if not handled with care.

Always go for a heavy-duty turntable if you wish to decorate cakes for a long time.


10. Hand Mixer

This tool is required if you are using Whipped Cream or Buttercream to decorate your cakes. This tool becomes necessary as beating of cream or butter by hand is not ideal also to mention, very energy and time consuming.

I have recently written a detailed post on how to choose a hand mixer for baking and you should definitely give that a read before you choose your machine.


Finally, I would like to mention an additional tool that is not an essential but is very helpful while decorating and that is:

The Coupler

A coupler is very useful if you want to use the same piping bag with another nozzle. You can fix it on the piping bag with the nozzle in such a way that the nozzle becomes changeable.

This tool is very useful if you want to pipe different nozzle designs with the same color icing. In absence of this you will need to change the piping bag.

It is generally available on Amazon as a part of a cake decorating tool combo as in the image below. You can also shop for it in your local cake supply store where you will get it for a cheaper price.

These are the basic cake decorating tools you will need in your kitchen if you are just starting out with cake decorating!


I hope this post helps you to get your cake decorating essentials and your cake decorating experience is pleasant. Tell me in comments if you would like to add any tool to this list.

Best tools for cake decorating

All you need are a few essential tools and a little patience.

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1. Lazy Susan (or revolving cake stand): Though not necessary, a Lazy Susan can come in handy when slicing a cake into layers or icing a round cake. Just place your cake stand/plate/board on the Lazy Susan, then slice and ice away.

2. Long, serrated bread knife: This knife works best when slicing your cake into layers for our double-chocolate espresso cake. Cakes that have been cooled completely, or refrigerated overnight (this is ideal), are easiest to cut into layers. Mark the cake halfway down the side by inserting toothpicks around the sides. Using the toothpicks as a guide, use the knife to cut the cake horizontally in half, using a sawing motion and turning the cake as necessary, while keeping the opposite hand atop the cake to keep it steady.

3. Large offset spatula: Large off-set spatulas are great for spreading icing on larger cakes. They also come in handy when lifting and transferring smaller cakes (use two large spatulas to lift a larger cake). It can also be used for smoothing out icing on the sides and top of a cake.

4. Small offset spatula: The smaller spatula is also great for spreading icing on cakes. Because of its handy size, it also allows for more detailed work when icing a cake, like adding different layers of coloured icing on our vanilla cake in pink ombré. (See our how-to video!)

5. Piping tips: Our stunning cherry cake with marzipan roses is easy to decorate with the right tools. We use Wilton’s 2D large drop flower tip to pipe the ruffly rosettes (top), but a large star tip (bottom) will also work in a pinch. (See our how-to video!)

6. Bench scraper or large spackle tool: These are other options used to smooth out icing on a cake. When your cake has been completely covered with icing, take the scraper or spackle tool and hold the edge against the side of the cake while turning the Lazy Susan to smooth down the icing. Start off with a thick coat of icing, then scrape more off as you smooth down the sides.

Looking for a classic cake recipe? Try our simple no-fail vanilla cake (also this month’s cooking club challenge).

26 Different Types of Cake Decorating Tools

Make those special moments extra special with a beautifully decorated cake. For moments when a cake is in order, the cake can easily be the centerpiece on the table which only suggests that cake decorating is that important.

Cake decorating began in the mid-17th century around the same time that sugar was explored and cake pans became a common sight in the domestic kitchens of Northeastern Europe. The introduction of temperature-controlled ovens in the 1840s also made baking more convenient and even more popular.

Around 1929, cake decorating classes opened up for entrepreneur chefs, caterers and other gourmands. Joseph Lambeth also released the book “The Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration and Practical Pastries” which instantly became a hit and popularized The Lambeth Method, now considered an old-school technique for cake decorating.

Techniques and skills are not the only things needed for cake decorating. Among the top of the list should be the essential cake decorating tools. Without them, this art and hobby can be daunting and overwhelming.

Piping Bags

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Piping bags are imperative if you are going to be decorating your cake with frosting. While you can easily use a spatula to add frosting to the outside of your cake and ensure a smooth surface, if you want to decorate with flowers or shell patterns, then it’s important to have piping bags because they make this easy. You can buy piping bags that are disposable or ones that can be washed and reused. When using a piping bag, you will need to insert a piping tip in the right size and shape so that the frosting will be easy to control.


Frosting bag tips come in many different sizes, styles, and are made from various materials. Metal frosting tips are the most popular because they will last for a long time, even though they are a little bit more expensive than plastic ones.

When you use a plastic frosting tip, you will generally throw it away and not try to wash it for use again in the future. The size and shape of the hole in your frosting tip will determine what kind of pattern you are able to create out of your frosting and how much frosting comes out at once. Some tips have very small holes that are ideal for completing fine detail work, while others have large holes, making it easy to create large flowers or designs quickly.

Piping Bag Coupler

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When you are going to be using a piping bag with a piping tip, then you need to make sure that you have a coupler. Trying to use a piping bag and tip without a coupler will generally result in the tip getting turned to the side and popping out or frosting trying to squeeze by the sides of the tip itself. Couplers have two parts, one will fit inside the bag with the tip, and the other screws onto the outside of the piping bag to make sure that the tip stays firmly in place while in use.

Cake Turntable

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Being able to turn your cake quickly when you are decorating it makes it significantly easier to decorate without having to stop and manually turn the cake plate. When you buy a turntable you can use one hand to smoothly turn the cake and decorate with the other so that you can enjoy a continuous stream of frosting without having any break in your flow. This also makes it easy to turn your cake when you want to look at the other side and ensure that you are happy with the design that you have made so far.

Fondant Cutters

Fondant is a great way to decorate your cake, and, if you want to make sure that you have perfectly shaped fondant when decorating, then it is a good idea to opt for fondant cutters. These are very similar to cookie cutters, but they have a few main differences. Fondant cutters generally have more detail on them than cookie cutters do, and they are generally more solidly made so that they aren’t flimsy when cutting through fondant.

Regular fondant cutters are used like cookie cutters. Plunger fondant cutters have a plunger that you can press down not only to emboss your cutout with a design, but it will also help to release your fondant.

Fondant Rolling Pin

You can either opt for a fondant rolling pin that will imprint images on the fondant while you are rolling it out, or you can choose one that will create a smooth and flat surface. You want to make sure that your fondant rolling pin is comfortable for you to hold and has a smooth surface free of nicks or cracks so that you don’t have to worry about these imperfections showing up on your fondant, as this can lower the final quality of your finished cake.


Regular spatulas are not ideal for decorating a cake, but they are necessary to scrap frosting out of your mixing bowl and pour it into your piping bags. Without a spatula that is easy to use and very flexible, you will struggle with getting all of your frosting out of the bowl. They are also ideal for mixing up frosting and ensuring that any color you choose is fully incorporated throughout.

Icing Bottle Set

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Icing bottles are a great way to add detail to your cake if you are uncomfortable using a piping bag or worried about your piping skills. There are some icing bottles that you can attach different decorating tips to using a coupler, and so these are going to be significantly more useful and customizable than ones that only have a hole. When you use an icing bottle, you will want to make sure that you keep the hole covered when not in use so that your frosting doesn’t dry out. In addition, make sure that you wash them out completely in between colors so that you don’t have any unintended color transfer.

Offset Spatula

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An offset spatula is an important tool used for decorating a cake, and it makes it possible to quickly and easily smooth the frosting on the sides of your cake without hassle. Unlike regular spatulas that are often made of silicone or rubber, offset spatulas are firm and generally made of metal. This ensures that you can apply as much pressure as necessary to remove excess frosting from your cake. They can also be used to pick up frosting and move it to a new location, and they are perfect for lifting piped flowers into place when decorating.

Cake Scraper

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A cake scraper can have many uses, depending on the style that you buy and how you use it. If you want to make sure that the sides and top of your cake are perfectly smooth, then you will want to choose a cake scraper that has a flat side.

You can then easily run the scraper around the side of the cake to smooth out your frosting and ensure that there aren’t any lumps or dips. Other cake scrapers are textured, and using one of these will instantly add visual interest to your cake with very little work on your part. Rather than trying to meticulously pipe lines or swirls on the sides of your cake, when you use a cake scraper you can finish this is in a matter of minutes.

You simply have to hold the cake scraper parallel to the cake and then turn the cake on the turntable, allowing the scraper to remove some of the frosting as you go.

Fondant Smoother

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A fondant smoother is a plastic tool that will make it easier for you to completely cover your cake professionally with fondant. Without the use of a smoother it can be very difficult to get the fondant smooth and even, and you may have wrinkles and cracks on the surface. A fondant smoother makes it very easy to also press the fondant up against the cake to ensure that it has adhered correctly and completely to the frosting. Otherwise, it will tend to peel away from the cake, and you can be left with a mess and gaps between the fondant and the fondant smoother.

Cake Stand

To ensure that you can display your cake in an attractive way, you will want to make sure that you have an attractive cake stand. These are usually circular and have plenty of surface area for you to place your cake without worrying about it hanging off of the edge. They generally have a foot so that the top of the cake stand is lifted up into the air to display your cake.

Make sure that you choose a cake stand that has a smooth surface on top so that you don’t have to worry about your cake bending or cracking when you have it on display. It’s easy to find cake stands in a number of different colors and styles so that they match the décor of your event.

Pastry Brush

A pastry brush isn’t just useful for buttering the pans in which you are going to be baking your cake, but it can also be useful when you are decorating. Use a pastry brush when you need to remove extra icing sugar from your fondant for a clean look. As long as you are gentle when brushing with a pastry brush, you won’t accidentally damage or mark the fondant. You can also use these brushes to help spread edible glitter across the surface of your cake so that it is evenly distributed. Without a pastry brush it can be difficult to spread glitter without it clumping in certain areas.

Cutting Mat


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Cutting your fondant on a cutting mat is a much better option than trying to do so on your counter, as you won’t have to worry about your fondant sticking to the mat the same that it will to the counter. When you use a cutting mat you can also quickly and easily move your fondant to a new location in the kitchen or even put it in the refrigerator.

This is useful if you are cutting out intricate designs and want them to firm up a little before trying to use them to decorate your cake. When choosing a cutting mat, you will want to find one large enough to spread out and roll out a large sheet of fondant, but not so big that you can’t easily put it in the refrigerator if necessary.

Gum Paste Tools

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Gum paste tools are designed to help you use gum paste to make flowers and other shapes. They consist of a few different types of tools that you will want to have when decorating your cake to make working with gum paste as easy as possible. Petal cutters are ideal for cutting uniform flower petals or leaves, while a veining tool or ball tool make it easy to spread out the leaves and petals and give them a natural look.

The ball tool can be used to ruffle the edges of the gum paste so that it looks textured. Generally, you will want to wash your gum paste tools by hand so that they do not get damaged in the dishwasher.

Ribbon Cutter

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If you want to be able to cut fondant into even ribbons without a lot of stress and frustration then you will need to invest in a quality ribbon cutter. These are tools that resemble paint rollers, but they are much smaller and can easily cut your fondant into even strips. Once you have rolled out your fondant and ensured that it is even and level, then it is easy to gently press the fondant cutter into the fondant and roll it along. You can easily choose from a variety of widths as well as decorative edges so that the ribbons of fondant you cut will be even and attractive.


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A fondant extruder is useful if you want to decorate your cakes with fondant or gum paste, but you do not want to have to roll out long strings of fondant or gum paste to work with. There are a number of different discs that you can use with your extruder, and each one will have holes that are a different size so that you can control what your fondant or gum paste looks like.

An extruder makes it easy to make hay for a farm scene, tassels on a graduation cap, grass for a football field, or even hair. They are significantly faster and easier than trying to roll out lots of small pieces of fondant or gum paste by hand.

Fondant Impression Mats

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A fondant mat will come with various designs and patterns on it that will then transfer to your fondant when you roll it out on the mat and press it onto the surface. They are generally made from flexible plastic that is easy to work with. When looking for fondant impression mats, you will want to consider the design that it will make on your fondant, as well as the size of the mat itself, so that you can be sure that it will be easy to use.

Airbrush Set

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An airbrush is a fast and easy way to apply color to your cake without having to tint your frosting or your fondant. There are a few different types of airbrushes that you can choose from, so you want to make sure that you choose one that is both easy to use and reliable. When using an airbrush, it is common to use stencils with it, as this will allow you to easily create designs on your cake without worrying about drawing or piping them on yourself. You will need to make sure that you buy food colors that will work with your airbrush and that you clean it well after each use so that it does not get damaged.

Frosting Gun

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If you are not comfortable using a piping bag, but you still want to be able to decorate your cakes, then you may want to consider a frosting gun. These are very easy to fill with frosting and come with a number of tips and couples so that you can easily change the design of the frosting that you pipe.

It’s a good idea to look for one that can go in the dishwasher to prevent you from struggling with getting it clean, as you do want to remove any last bits of frosting before changing colors. Because you use a plunger to push frosting out of the tips, these guns are typically easier for people to handle, especially if they have arthritis or other pain in their hands.

Chocolate Stencil Kit

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Using chocolate is a great way to decorate your cake, but if you have difficulty free handing designs, then you will want to opt for a stencil kit. This will allow you to easily trace designs with melted chocolate, but remove the stress that you feel of having to be able to perfectly control your chocolate on your own. Look for a kit that offers a number of different designs for you to trace so that you can enjoy fancy decorations on your cakes.

Fondant Rolling Pin Guide

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It can be very difficult to get fondant rolled out to an even thickness, no matter how long you have been decorating cakes. Using rolling pin guides is a wonderful way to make it easy to ensure that your fondant does not vary in how thick it is. These guides slip onto the ends of your rolling pin and prevent you from accidentally pushing down too hard when you are rolling out fondant.

Cake Leveler

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To ensure that your cake layers are perfectly even, you will want to invest a cake leveler. It is very hard to decorate a cake if the layers have a domed top, and it’s almost impossible to remove that dome and create an even and flat top using just a knife.

When you buy a cake leveler, you can easily and quickly cut off the domes from your cakes so that they will rest flat against each other, and you won’t have to worry about them wobbling or sliding off when you have stacked them. It’s important to buy a cake leveler that has a sharp cutting surface so that you don’t accidentally rip part of your cake when trying to remove the dome from the top.


Being able to evenly shake icing sugar over your fondant will make it easy for you to roll it out without it sticking to your mat, countertop, or rolling pin. Unfortunately, trying to dump icing sugar on your fondant by hand often results in uneven coverage. It’s best to use a shaker or dispenser that will allow you to evenly coat your fondant without worrying about putting too much in one area. You can also use a dispenser to evenly shake glitter onto your cakes.

Fondant Flower Drying Rack

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If you make flowers out of fondant or gum paste to use in decorating your cakes, then you know that if they are allowed to dry flat on the table, they will not look as natural as ones that have some curve to them. Using a drying rack will allow you to produce natural-looking flowers without worrying about how you are going to prop them up to dry. These racks also have holes to allow you to hang flowers from them if you want them to dry with their petals held in a different position.

Cake Slicer

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Being able to split your cakes into even layers ensures that when the final cake is cut, the end result will be attractive. It is almost impossible to cut your cake into even layers by hand, but a cake slicer makes it easy to separate your cakes evenly, no matter how thick or thin you want your layers to be. This is a collar that fits around your cake and allows you to use a sharp knife to cut through your cake to separate it into the desired layers. Make sure to use a sharp knife and allow your cake to cool completely before cutting for best results.

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Cake Decorating Tools – The Essential Tools You Need

I’ve been asked what tools I use when I’m making cakes, and have decided to share a list of my favorite cake decorating tools!

These are the baking tools and equipment that I wouldn’t be able to survive/decorate without. You can also check you my amazon storefront!

In my storefront, I’ve organized all my cake decorating tools into categories, and share the equipment I use to film my videos.

It’s important to note that you don’t need expensive tools to get the job done. Some of the tools I use the most are also the cheapest!

When I was first starting out, I would buy one item at a time. I slowly accumulated everything I needed.

It can be a bit daunting when you start to imagine about EVERYTHING you think you need. I recommend starting off the with the cake decorating tools that are the most important.

For me, this included:

Those were the most essential baking tools I started with. I gradually purchased everything else listed below, as I received more orders.

The cake decorating tools I bought were driven by the actual need of certain items to complete different cake orders.

It also came down to being able to justify the purchase with the extra money I was making from my cake orders.

So here are my favorite baking tools, sorted by importance. I included links to the exact products I use, as well as pictures for all the visual learners out there 🙂

I hope this helps you with your baking journey! Having the right tools can make all the difference.


Spinning Cake Stand

I have had this Ateco 612 cake stand for years, and it has never let me down! It has a cast iron base, so it’s strong and extremely durable.

It can support very heavy cakes, and is dream to decorate on. I’ve decorated several tiered wedding cakes on it.

These are the cake stands you see in professional bakeries. They are by far the best spinning cake stand you can get. It’s a bit of an investment, but when you think about how many times you’ll use it over its lifetime, it’s totally worth it.

Besides my KitchenAid, I consider my cake stand my best investment when it comes to baking tools and equipment.

I also love that is comes with a non slip mat. This really helps keep your cake board in place while decorating, so that your cake doesn’t shift or slide while you’re frosting it.

Straight Edged Cake Pans

It’s worth investing in some good cake pans! They can last for years, and are totally worth it. I love Fat Daddio’s pans (silly name, but they’re my favorite!).

They have straight sides, and are made with aluminum. This helps them heat up and cool quickly, which allows the layers to bake evenly.

These cake pans also very durable. I use either 7″ x 2″ or 8′ x 2″ can pans to bake the layers for most of my cakes.

When buying cake pans for layer cakes, be sure your cake pans don’t have angled sides, or are made with a dark metal!

Offset Spatula(s)

My offset spatula is used with every cake I make! It helps evenly spreading frosting between cake layers, and work frosting around the cake for the crumb coat.

I also use it for certain decorating techniques, like creating lines around my cakes, or even to gently push sprinkles into my frosting. It is such a versatile tool, and can be used in so many different ways.

I have both a large and small offset. I like using the smaller offset spatula to help me get sharp edges on the tops of my cakes, and when frosting smaller cakes.

Bench scraper

This tool is ESSENTIAL to getting smooth sides and sharp edges on your cakes!! I have several, but this one is the one I use the most.

My bench scraper (or as I like to call it, cake smoother) is only 6 inches tall, but it’s actually tall enough for more of my cakes.

I have one with a white hand that I got years ago, but I’ve recently switched over to using the Amazon basics bench scraper. It’s grip is actually easier to hold, and now I primarily use it for decorating my cakes.

If you’re after a taller bench scraper, this bench scraper is 10 inches tall and works great.

Basic Frosting Tips

I use a wide variety of frosting tips, but found that it was easiest when I was starting out to buy a pack of a bunch of tips. This frosting tip bundle has a ton of different types, and is a great deal.

It can help you learn what tips are out there, what types of designs you can make with them, and find which ones are your favorites to use.

Piping Bags

I use different sized bags for different projects, but I like to use these Ateco piping bags.

They seem a bit sticky when they come off the roll, but I love the feeling of the piping bags when I’m working with them. They’re very easy to handle, and give me great control when piping.

They’re great quality, and never tear or burst, even with stiff buttercream or ganache. I order both the 12 inch and 18 inch sizes, in rolls of 100 on amazon.

Cake Rounds/Cake Circles

I use 10-inch, greaseproof cake rounds because I usually 7 or 8 inch cakes.

If you make different sized cakes, these come in a ton of different sizes!  Just always be sure that your cake rounds are grease proof, otherwise the cardboard will show great stains from your frosting!!

If you plan to make a tiered cake, be sure to get the cardboard cake rounds with a hole precut in the center of the cake rounds. Most of Wilton’s cake boards come this way, which makes stacking tiered cakes infinitely easier.

  • Kitchen Aid Mixer (4.5 quart size) and Paddle Attachment with spatula – I use these to make every recipe other than meringue! It is by far my most utilized tool.
  • Gel Food Coloring – Americolor is the BEST gel food coloring out there. It colors both batters and frosting the most vibrant shades, and is the only brand I use.
  • Acetate Sheets – These flexible plastic sheets are great for naked cakes (Christina Tosi style), ice cream cakes, and also for smoothing cakes with curved surfaces.
  • Assorted Circle Cutters – I use these for a variety of different things, from fondant polka dots, to making fondant eyes.
  • Plastic Squirt Bottles – I use these for all of my drips and drizzles!! Whether it’s regular chocolate ganache, colored white chocolate ganache, or caramel, these bottles allow you to easily get the perfect drips!!
  • Colorful Cake Knives – What’s the point in spending hours making a cake if you don’t get a nice clean cut, and beautiful slices?? I also love to coordinate my knife color with the decoration or flavor of my cakes

  • Air Brush – This is by no means an essential, but is so fun to have!! I recently purchased mine, and can’t get enough of it! It really is only needed for specialty or fancy cakes, and I finally purchased one for big partnership that required it.
  • Iridescent Knives – My friend got these for me, and I simply can’t get enough of them!! I also get asked all the time where they’re from, so I figured I’d share the link!
  • Decorative Cake Stands – When you put so much time into making a cake, it’s fun to have beautiful cake stands to display them on! I have a few different cake stands that don’t spin, and are solely for photographing cakes 🙂
  • Pretty Sprinkle Blends – My favorite brand of sprinkle blends is Neon Yolk Shop! Rosie is so sweet, and she has a fantastic online shop on Etsy
  • Kitchen Torch – This can come in handy for toasting meringue, heating up a spatula for smoothing frosting, or even making s’mores.

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Set of 8 tools: What and Why ?!

1.h Tool “Dresden”. The spoon-shaped side is used to form thin leaves and petals, for example, in chamomile, gerbera, daisy, etc. The sharp ends are used to create veins, lines, for the image of facial expressions.

2. Round-shaped stack-cone is used to create deep narrow cone-shaped blind holes, to form large and medium-sized cores. With the side of this tool, you can thin the edges of the petals and leaves with a back and forth motion.

3. The glass-shell is suitable for making small seashells, animal legs, for embossing on the cord framing the bottom of the cake, on the edges of decorative plates. Also, with this tool, you can draw landmarks for creating human hands and feet. A stack knife is used to cut or create lines.

4. Stack-cone even forms conical depressions, for example, in the heart of flowers. An eight-pointed star at the other end serves to form the core of multi-petaled flowers or to emboss stars on decorative pieces of a cake.Any cone-shaped tools, and especially star stacks, perfectly create indentations in cakes with a stitch image, for example, a pillow cake.

5. Stack-bone is used to thin the edges of the leaves of the petals, to create frills, to form a wavy (curly) edge. Both ends of the stack are the same shape but different sizes.

6. Stack ball. The most commonly used tool for making flowers. The edges of the petals and leaves are thinned with a ball, the petals are given a cupped concave shape or a drop shape, if the ball slides over the mastic.Small stacks-balls are used for sculpting figures, forming eye sockets and other round holes.

7. The star stack is an ideal tool for creating the center of five to six-leafed small flowers. It can also be used as a tool for applying a pattern of small stars. Also used to create indentations in fabric (see tool 4).

8. Stack arch is used to form scalloped edges and to create smiles on the faces of human figurines.The serrated spatula on the other end of the stack will simulate a sewing stitch, create a scalloped edge, or create parallel lines.

90,000 What pastry tools are needed for baking and decorating cakes

Modern confectionery can be safely called a miracle. They give not only taste, but also aesthetic pleasure, delighting with unusual and extravagant, original or classic decor. And theoretically, any hostess in her home kitchen can cope with the creation of such a masterpiece.Is it so? And what do you need to have on hand to create a truly beautiful cake?

Baking: the beginning of a long journey

The assortment of baking products available to every housewife today is great. This means that you can choose from a variety of possible fillings for your cake. But keep in mind that for its preparation you will need the following mandatory kitchen accessories:

  1. Measuring spoons and cups will help you not to be mistaken with the amount of each ingredient in the dough.
  2. Sieve. Confectioners advise sifting all bulk ingredients, except sugar (flour, starch, cocoa, soda, etc.). This adds fluffiness to the dough.
  3. The knife for chopping dough is indispensable when preparing puff or shortcake cakes.
  4. Baking dishes. Classic round, square, heart-shaped and star-shaped: there are never many of them. To create 3D cakes or make an unusual dessert, it is better to use silicone ones. Classic biscuits and cakes, for which batter is used, are easiest to bake in split metal.And to create a multi-tiered cake, you will need several of the same shapes of different sizes (it is more profitable to purchase them as a set).
  5. Measuring silicone napkin is useful for those who need to quickly roll out cakes of the required diameter. You can bake directly on it. The dough will not stick or burn in the process.
  6. Spatulas for cake layers. With their help, you can remove the crust from the baking sheet or separate it from the parchment without breaking.
  7. Cooling grill. To prevent the cakes from becoming damp on one side and not losing their taste, they must cool down on the wire rack.This moment is especially important for the biscuit.
  8. Pastry string will help you quickly cut the cake into several equal layers of the desired thickness. To do this, you can use the biscuit cutting form.
  9. Peel grater and citrus press. In the preparation of some types of cakes, natural freshly squeezed juice and peel are used. This gives amazing aroma and interesting flavors to baked goods.
  10. Kitchen thermometer. It can be ordinary or contactless.Indispensable for some types of fillings.

Some of the tools may already be in your kitchen. The rest should be purchased.

Putting the cake together: what can you use?

And now your cakes are ready, the cream for the layer is waiting for its turn in the refrigerator. We start assembling the cake. It is worth getting for this:

  1. Silicone brushes. They are used to impregnate cakes with syrup. You can do this with a spoon, but in this case the impregnation will be uneven.
  2. Form for assembly (ring).
  3. Spatula. Better to purchase as a set. At this point, you will need a metal spatula with a length that matches the diameter of your cakes. It is to them that you will apply an elastic cream. It would seem: you can use a good old spoon. But only the presence of a spatula guarantees that the layer of cream will be even, and after assembly, your dessert will not resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Creative stage: decorating and decorating

Intending to cook not just a cake covered with icing or cream, but something more interesting, you will certainly face the need to purchase special tools for decorating.You can avoid unnecessary purchases if you choose a decoration method in advance and get a sketch. So you will understand what kind of devices will be needed.

A set of the necessary inventory, depending on what you will decorate the cake with. So, to work with the cream, you will definitely need:

  • Whisk whisk. Ideally, there should be at least two of them: for eggs and milk (cream). Despite the fact that most of the processes are done with a blender, experts recommend starting with manual whipping.Then, as a result, the mass will be more lush and airy.
  • Silicone spatulas and wooden spoons. Many creams fall off when stirred with a metal spoon. In addition, professional devices are much more convenient.
  • Confectionery syringe or bags, attachments for them. It is convenient to buy the latter in sets, which differ depending on the purpose of use. Borders and florals will definitely come in handy. In the pictures below you can see the type of the nozzle and the variant of its use.
  • Confectionery nails.Flowers are planted on them from a bag or syringe. In the absence of this device, you can use a piece of sweet corn stick, put on a toothpick. This will also be convenient, but the cream will take much more.
  • Confectionery scissors. With them, the finished flowers are removed from the nail and fixed on the cake.
  • Combs and scrapers, with the help of which patterns are applied to the smooth surface of the cream.
  • Rotating cake stand. You can do without it. But once you try it, you will realize how much it simplifies the cake leveling process.
  • Airbrush. This is an amazing device that allows you to apply a layer of dye to any cream. It is for them that it is most convenient to do watercolor painting, the effect of amber, gilding or glare.

With modeling skills and a good imagination, you can try to create a masterpiece from mastic. You will be helped with this:

And this is not a complete list of tools, but only the main ones. Only after trying to bake and decorate a dessert, you will understand what else you need for convenience.

A couple of decades ago, the ability to cook a delicious cake and decorate it with interesting decor was inherent in almost every hearth keeper.But, you see, in those days there was no such choice of professionally executed confectionery masterpieces. In general, the assortment of cakes left much to be desired.

Today it is quite difficult to surprise guests with a homemade cake. However, with enough free time and a desire to create, you can quite cope with this task. Just keep in mind that it will come out a little more expensive than ordering a dessert at a pastry shop. After all, the acquisition of even a small set of necessary tools can come out in a lump sum and with one cake it will definitely not pay off

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90,000 Confectionery and decorating tools.Overview.

If you are a novice pastry chef, then you should have an idea of ​​what tools and equipment you may need. We invite you to familiarize yourself with an overview of pastry chef’s tools and decorating tools. Of course, not all existing confectionery equipment was presented in this review, but you will get acquainted with a set of basic ones in it.

1. Basic tools and accessories for baking.

There are items that must be present in the kitchen if the hostess is fond of baking.

1.1 Measuring cups and spoons. For example, these are:

1.1.1 Or such a set of volumetric dishes:

1.2 Scales.

1.3 Sieve. The usual, or convenient option in the form of a mug.

1.4 Hand whisk. Even if you have a blender or food processor, it’s a good idea to have a whisk as well, for times when you need extra gentle whipping or mixing of ingredients.

1.5 Containers for mixing ingredients. For example, these are:

1.6 Chopped dough blender

1.7 Brushes. With regular bristles or silicone.

1.8 Grater for removing zest from citrus fruits.

1.9 Shoulder.

1.10 Shapes (samples) for forming biscuits or cutting out various shapes from the dough.

1.11 Knife for working with dough.They are also used to work with marzipan and sugar fudge.

1.12 Baking tins:

1.12.1 Molds for tarts and tartlets.

1.12.2 Trays.

1.12.3 Sets of tins for baking multi-tiered cakes.

1.12.4 Demountable forms.

1.12.5 Tins for muffins and muffins

1.13 Grill.The finished baked goods cool on it.

1.14 Large spatula for cake or shortcakes.

2. Basic tools for working with creams and accessories for decorating with a pastry bag

Before you start decorating, you need to purchase special tools. Not all of the accessories listed below are required. You can acquire the most necessary, and then gradually increase the collection of your pastry tools.

2.1 The rule is simple and with raised edges.

2.2 Scrapers, simple and with a raised edge.

2.2.1 Type-setting scraper. You yourself create the relief by selecting the elements in one order or another.

2.3 Round and square rotating stands.

2.4 Confectionery spatula.

2.5 Pastry bags and nozzles.

2.6 Confectionery nail, paper, and a tool for carrying decorations from the nail to the cake.Used when creating flowers with a pastry bag.

2.7 Containers for holding pastry bags.

2.8 Marked mat to create symmetrical, precise and uniform decorations.

2.9 Brushes, for working with dyes. Ordinary watercolors will do as well.

3. Tools for working with mastic, marzipan and sugar fondant

3.1 Rolling pin for mastic. There are also textured rolling pins for applying various patterns and textures.

3.2 A device for smoothing mastic, marzipan or sugar fondant on a cake.

3.3 Silicone mat with markings for rolling out mastic and marzipan

3.4 Rolling pin with rings for rolling marzipan or mastic to a certain thickness.

3.5 Cutters (sampling) for cutting parts from mastic.For example floral elements.

3.6 Stacks (special tools) for modeling from mastic, sugar fudge and marzipan.

3.7 Plungers for creating decorative elements from mastic or marzipan. For example, this one, in the form of a leaf:

3.8 Devices for modeling and shaping flowers.

4. Auxiliary materials and equipment.

4.1 Pistils and stamens and decorative wire.

4.2 Stands for ready-made cakes.

4.3 Organizers for storing confectionery accessories and tools.

4.4 Stencils for decorating pastries.

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