Cake Tools

Custom tools and templates for custom cakes
Let's face it, if you are a cake maker you spend hours agonizing over the right look and color all while covered in sugar! I live this every time I make a special cake. Each of our products were designed and used to make the very cakes we developed for our clients.

Our objective with every tool and template is to bring beautiful cake art to life, all while decreasing decorating time and improving the decorating process. Our products introduce standardization, simplicity and ease to custom techniques.


 


Basic cake tool must haves
Note: find some of these items at Michaels, cake decorating shops, Ikea or Amazon.

1. Pans
It starts with professional quality cake pans and you want pans with straight edges versus the ones that are set at an angle.  Beware of your kitchen storage space since, unless they vary in size, they do not sit one inside the other.  I am partial to the brand Fat Daddio's, they make some really nice round and square pans.  I use the round a lot more than the square ones, however, they are both very nice to have.  Shaped pans are a fun novelty, however, unless you plan on making a lot of this pan it isn't really worth the investment or storage commitment.  If you want a particular shape and you are only planning on using once, renting is a good option.  You might find pans for rent at your local cake decorating supply shop.






2. Cake Turntable / Lazy Susan
Cake turntables and/or lazy Susan's are absolutely necessary.  These allow you to turn your cake with one hand and ice freely with the other.  And here's one of my tricks I will share...I have MANY Ikea turntables. I prop them on top of an upside down pan and decorate each tier as needed. Makes it all so much easier!! Use these together with non-slip material to help keep the cake in place while you spin.





3. Spatulas
Small and large spatulas with an angle are a must have.  The Wilton and Ateco ones are great.  Choose the plastic handle if you want a little extra comfort.  The spatulas without an angle can be used on the sides, however, I find I don't use them nearly as much as the ones with the angle.


4. Cake Lifter
Wilton cake lifters are a life saver especially when  you are low on counter space.  You can find them at Michael's or Amazon.  I got away with using only one for a long time... but it was very nice when I got two!




5. Piping Tips
The best way to acquire your first tips is with a basic set.  You will want round ones for writing and to make dots. You will also need shells for borders and tips for rose petals and leaves. It is also fun to have a grass tip.  Ateco makes a nice basic set.  Wilton also has a number of very nice sets.  Some also come with a rose nail, spatulas and colors.  However beware of the white and clear plastic holder/tray.  It looks very convenient, but the one I have can't keep the tips up!  I have found tackle boxes (found in the sport and game section at Walmart) to be best for organizing a number of tips.




6. Color
Now for the colors. There are two brands that I go to: Americolor and Wilton. Americolor is my go to for most all cake colors including airbrush colors. The flip caps make them very convenient to use.  However, I will share that the best ivory color and white color I have found is Wilton brand:).





7. Piping Bags
Disposable or vinyl, either one works well.  This one is more of a personal preference.  You can decide if you would rather fill the landfill or use a lot of water for cleaning! I like to use the vinyl so that I don't fill the landfill but honestly I don't use too much of these since I usually work in fondant.


8. Cake Knife (14"!)
For a long time I used a standard 12" long bread knife and it was ok... but when I finally got myself a professional 14" long cake/bread knife, I thought, "why did I wait so long!".  A 12" knife works for most pans, however, you will find that the more cakes you make, the 14" long knife sure comes in handy.  Another good Ateco product here.




9. Fondant Roller and Smoother
If you plan to work with fondant get yourself a large and small plastic fondant roller.  These are absolutely necessary for fondant.  I tried to get away with a wood rolling pin in the past but the fondant refused to obey!  The large roller is essential if you plan to cover cakes, and the small roller is perfect for fondant accents.  Fondant mats can be helpful for sizing accuracy, however, not essential. I use a very large cutting board and have used our dinner table as well (and don't forget to cover with powdered sugar!).


10. Fondant Tools
These are great for making figurines and any special shapes.  Also, get a nice set of quality paint brushes to use for 'painting' on water to 'glue' fondant to itself or for adding dusts or shimmers.


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  1. Hobby Lobby also carries the AmeriColors.

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