When I started decorating cakes, I quickly learned the importance of having the right tools. They really can make or break a project! I love finding new gadgets that help expand my skills, while making life easier.
I want to share eight essential tools that I use on a regular basis. Basics, but favorites.
I hope you will find this list helpful!
So without further ado . . .
1. Ateco 613 Revolving Cake Stand
When I first started decorating cakes, I had a cheap, basic turn table ($15, from Michael’s). It still works, but it doesn’t turn as smoothly as I would like and it’s very low – which isn’t very ergonomical. When you are ready to take things to the next level, I recommend investing in a professional turn table.
The Ateco 613 has been called the cadillac of turn tables(!). It has ball bearings that makes it glide beautifully, it’s on a little bit of a pedestal and has non-slip pad on top to keep your cake from sliding around as you decorate. Bottom line: worth the money. I. love. it.
2. Fondant rollers
Wilton makes fondant rollers in two sizes: 20-inch (for rolling out fondant that will cover a cake) and 9-inch (for smaller projects). They also come with removable guide rings – great for when you’re learning what thickness you need for your project. I like to use them for fondant, gum paste and modeling chocolate. Did I mention they’re non-stick and don’t leave crease lines on your fondant?
3. Off-set spatulas
I use these for spreading any type of filling or frosting. Pretty straight forward 🙂
4. Bench scraper
I LOVE this tool. (But then again, what tool don’t I love?) I use this to get smooth, clean, crisp edges on buttercream cakes. It’s also great for cutting bars and brownies.
5. Clear ruler
I use this to measure the diameter and height of my cakes, to get an idea of how to size my designs . . . and to make sure all my cake layers are the right height! It’s also great to use as a straight edge, or as a guide for cutting strips of fondant/modeling chocolate.
I also love my quilting ruler (pictured above) – great for larger designs.
6. Quality food colors
My favorite food coloring is Americolor gel colors. The colors are super saturated, so a little goes a long way. I use these to color all of my frostings, fondant and modeling chocolate. I was won over when their super black and super red food colorings did the trick . . . I found that other brands weren’t giving me the deep colors that I wanted.
Great for scraping down the sides of the bowl as you are mixing batter or frostings. I also use this to fold in egg whites, mix macaron batter, scoop frosting, stir caramel as it is cooking, etc.
8. X-Acto knife
My go-to for cutting designs out of modeling chocolate – when precision is needed! Great for cutting out template designs, straight lines with your ruler, etc.
And there you have it! My list of essential cake decorating tools. What are your favorite tools?