Basic Cake Decorating Tools For Beginners.

cake in dark background

If you are a beginner you can still do better cake decorations. And, the problem comes when you have to decorate the cake with little or no experience. Do not worry! You don’t have to think about the experience if you have the right tools along with the cake decorating creative mindset, you can improve every day.

If you love to decorate cakes, there are helpful cake decorations tools, equipment, and supplies available online you can purchase right now. These tools will make things easier than you think. With the right tools on hand, you can create your own masterwork very soon.

Every well-baked cake should be beautifully decorated!

Yes, most of us love admiring the decorations on the cake because they are too beautiful. Some of the decorations leave us in amazement.

we have listed the basic tools for Best Cake Decorations for you to become a professional decorator. With the help of these tools, you can create countless amazing designs and decorative cakes. Read on:

Cake Tins and Bakeware

Blue bakeware set

Cake design starts way before the cake is baked. Early planning is key to success, especially when working within a theme. Cake tins and bakeware come in many different shapes and sizes. Some pans come with gorgeous designs and shapes like the Nordic Bundt pans. With such variety, you can all manner of cakes very ease and effectively. Cakes are shaped like hearts, stars, squares, semi-circles, and more.

Food Coloring

food colors

Nothing is as beautiful as a colorful cake. Actually, children fall in love with colorful cakes, so you must have food coloring to have a brilliant cake. Food colours can be the best decorating tool if you want to give the bright look to your cake.

Icing Smoother

icing smoother

This great and easy-to-use tool will help you create that sharp edge, smooth sides, and top to buttercream or frosted cake that you desire.

Cake Leveler

cake leveler

Do you know how to get that perfectly level cake surface? The cake-leveller is a ‘must have’ for creating a smooth surface and also in the creation of multi-layered perfect levelled cakes. It will help you to trim the top of your cake so that you are left with a perfectly flat, level surface. Do you want thin slices of cake to layer with icing for a delicate multi-layered cake? Simple, easy to use, and make a highly professional look.

Cake Turntable Stand


The turntable is a good companion to have if you want to increase the ease, efficiency, cleanliness, and speed of decorating. You can spin it as quickly or as slowly as you would like, and its smooth movement will help you achieve a smoother, more even spread.

Piping details will be easier as well because you can spin the turntable as you are piping the borders around the edges.

Rolling pins

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.

Cake Texture Sheet


Cake Offset or Angled Spatula


To go along with the scrapers and turntable, it will be handy to have 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 centre and top of the cake. As I created my own set of spatulas, getting the right blade length was of great value to me. Some blades are too short, which makes it hard to frost the sides of your cakes. And then some blades are too long, which makes it hard to control the spatula.

Roll-N-Cut Mat

roll and cut mat

Cutting your fondant on a cutting mat is a much better option than trying to do so on your counter, as you will not 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 needed.

Fondant Roller


A selection of non-stick rolling pins and stainless steel rolling pins for rolling out fondant, icing, modelling paste, flower paste, marzipan, and pretty much everything else that can be rolled! Icing rolling pins come in a range of different sizes, so you are sure to find one that is suitable for the surface area you are working with. Large rolling pins are perfect for rolling out fondant to cover large cakes, whilst small rolling pins are great for flower making or making sugar models and cake decorations. For best results, dust your work surface with a little icing sugar or cornflour to ensure your sugar paste or modelling paste does not stick to your work surface.

To achieve a consistently even thickness across your fondant, pick up some rolling pin guide rings. Simply slip the rings of choice onto your rolling pin to suit the depth of the paste required and roll until the rings touch your work surface.

 Cake mixer equipment.


A stand mixer is a great tool for creaming and mixing cake batter. With this tool, your cake will turn out perfect enabling you to decorate your cake so beautifully. Here are the best stand mixers for home baking.

Cake Candles.


From novelty birthday cake candles to spectacular spiral candles, take your celebrations to the next level! Decorative candles are the perfect way to add a finishing touch to cakes and sweet treats, and our range features a huge variety of colourful designs to suit every occasion.

Cake separators, dowels, and pillars.


Dowels are a must for supporting tiered cakes covered in fondant (roll-out icing) – whether stacking the cakes straight on top of each other ‘American style’ or using pillars and separators.

Cake Decorating Airbrush Gun

air brush

An airbrush is one of the most important tools a cake decorator can have. Being equipped with an airbrush opens a world of creative possibilities for your cake decorating projects. This can be used for painting.

Fondant Trimmer

foundant trimmer

A fondant trimmer can be used to cut shapes out of rolled fondant, or modelling chocolate.

 Cake Structure frame

cake structure frame

Cake Stencils.

cake stencils

Stencils can be used on cakes that are covered in fondant. If you prefer not to work straight onto the cake, cover a thin board in fondant or cut out a plaque in Mexican paste and leave it to harden overnight. If you are working straight onto your cake, leave the fondant to dry for 24 hours first.

Hold down the stencil and brush over with edible dust or spray with the edible lustre spray. When using the spray, practice first off the cake on a piece of paper, and do not forget to cover the remaining area of cake with greaseproof or clingfilm

Sharpe knife.

cake knife

Cakes can be massive but delicate, and using a regular kitchen knife can be disastrous. That’s why you need a well-crafted, sharp, sturdy, and dedicated cake knife for clean, crumb-free cuts.

Edible glitters and sprinkles.

edible gillter and sprinkles

Sprinkles are used to add color and crunch to your cakes and desserts. They come in many different sizes, colours, shapes, and flavours.

Cake Marker

cake marker

This adjustable cake marker helps you to easily and accurately mark cake sides for perfect placements of accents or borders.

Cake Decorating and Dusting Brushes

decorating brushes

A selection of cake decorating brushes for dusting and painting. When using paintbrushes, add rejuvenator spirit or dipping solution to create the perfect consistency for cake painting.

Cutters And Fondant Modeling Tools

cake cutters and modelling tools

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 are not weak when cutting through the fondant.

Cake boards.

cake board

I do also suggest buying cake boards, something you can find at your local craft store and online. They come pre-cut and having a cake board under your cake will help you slide your cake lifter under the cake to move it with ease.

Seasonal cake toppers

christmas cake toppers

Decorating your cake with cake toppers for every occasion – from christenings to Christmas, royal weddings to retirements makes an event colourful.

Drip Bottle

cake drip

The drip bottle is used to apply chocolate drips to the cake.

Modelling tools

modelling tools

Cake modelling tools are essential for all your edible (and non-edible) modelling. We have a wide range of sugarcraft tools, from scalpels and cutting wheels, to quilting tools and bone tools, we have everything you need to make stunning sugar models or clay models (keep food use and non-food use tools separate). Wash carefully after use and protect polished surfaces from scratching.

Our modelling tools can be used to model sugar paste, modelling paste, flower paste, marzipan, clay, etc. We have ball tools for shaping petals for sugar flowers, veining tools for creating detail on sugar leaves, and a range of sugarcraft essentials, including a cake tester.

Every tool is designed for a unique function, so it is quite important to select the right tools for the technique or effect you are aiming to achieve. You could pick up a set of the most popular PME modelling tools if you’re unsure which tools you might need, or if you just want the whole collection straight away!

Long Tweezers

long tweezer

Long tweezers are recommended to use when joining small sugar parts.

Hand Towels

hand towel

It is always recommended to have both a wet towel and a dry towel for just about any cake decorating project. Doing this helps to promote a ‘Clean as you go’ culture that ultimately results in cleaner artwork. Ensure the towel fibres are not loose.

Texture Rolling pin

texture rolling pin

Textured rolling pins are perfect for creating effective patterns in your fondant. Simply roll out to your desired shape and size with a regular rolling pin, then use a textured rolling pin to indent your fondant icing with stars, swirls, flowers, or even a knitted effect for Winter!

Make stunning snowflake cookies using a star rolling pin, and create a warm scarf for a penguin cake topper using the knit embossed rolling pin – perfect for Christmas! There are so many different patterns and designs you can create using these rolling pins, so get experimenting.

Large rolling pins are perfect for rolling out fondant to cover large cakes, whilst small rolling pins are great for flower making or making sugar models and cake decorations. For best results, dust your work surface with a little icing sugar or cornflour to ensure your fondant or modelling paste does not stick to your work surface. 

Pastry Bags, Piping Bags or Decorating Bags

piping bag

A reusable piping bag will be useful when you are ready to do some piping designs on the top or sides of your cake.

Piping Tips (or tubes)


To create borders and other extra details, you can use piping tips of various shapes and sizes. These small cones are shaped to produce different designs when icing is squeezed through them.

sugarcraft gun


The sugarcraft gun is good for creating ropes, hair, ribbons, and many other shapes out of flower paste, modelling paste, and marzipan.

flower and Leaf Venire

flower and leaf veiner

Leaf veiners are perfect for creating detail on your sugar leaves with minimal effort. Simply cut out your choice of fondant, modelling paste, flower paste, or marzipan, and press these veining mats over the surface to make a realistic effect. We also have a range of flower veiners to create a similar effect on sugar flowers. These are great for making lots of sugar flowers in no time at all, especially if you’re making a large number for a floral cake, a wedding cake, or an anniversary cake!

Make beautiful sugar flower sprays with diamond paste veiners, and put them together with some floral tape. Cover a cake in fondant, ganache, buttercream, or royal icing, and place your sugar flower spray on top or trailing along the side for a beautiful effect.

 Cake stands


To ensure that you can attractively display your cake, 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 several different colours and styles so that they match the décor of your event.

Powder Shaker.

powder shaker

Also called an icing duster, it can be used to easily sift fine powders such as icing sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, or flour when decorating your cake. Preferably with small holes.

Cake tin liners

cake liner

Cake tin liner makes life much easier when it comes to turning the finished cake out of the tin.

 Blow Torch

blow torch

Blow torch offers a variety of uses including caramelizing sugars, browning meringue, or creme Brule. Serdar mainly uses it for Isomalt work. You can check out the best blow torch here.

 Icing pens.

icing pen

Icing pens are great for adding a personal message and drawing images on cakes and cupcakes covered in a roll-out fondant.

Cake box


Cake boxes are an important part of the Cake baking process as the Cake needs to get to its destination Safely.

Cake pops and accessories.

cake pops

Cake pops and accessories will be handy when making a small round piece of cake coated with icing or chocolate and fixed on the end of a stick resembling a lollipop.

Decorating Bag Holder

piping bag stand

A convenient piping bag holder keeps prepared bags organized so your royal or buttercream icing colours are always within easy reach. Saving valuable workspace.

Gum Paste Wire and Tape

gum paste wire and tape

Gum paste wire and tape is easy to gather and arrange various flowers and leaves into a beautiful floral spray.

Gum Paste Flowers Drying Rack

drying rack

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.

Caking decorating and sugarcraft book

cake decorating book

For beginners to advanced cake decorators, this section offers you a wide choice of cake decorating and sugarcraft books to help master professional techniques, whether you want advice on baking, learning how to make sugarcraft flowers, general sugarcraft (eg sugar models), or how to construct a tiered cake. The books will give you lots of fun ideas for special birthdays, parties and wedding cakes.

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