Best Cake Decorating Tools That Are Essential To Have

Watched the ‘Cake Boss’ and was inspired to get some baking tools to make your cakes look like a ‘Bawse’? Here are the Best Cake Decorating Tools you can get whether you’re just baking a simple cup cake or an extravagant wedding cake! 

I have included some recommendations on where to get these baking tools too. You’re most welcome hehehe!

Cake Leveler

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Lol imagine having a cake that is not evenly cut. That is sure to look like a beginner baker mistake. So getting a Cake Leveler is a must in baking.It is a tool that is so cheap and guarantees a precise cut. Do get this ‘life-saving’ tool.

Cake Decorating Turntable

Round and round we go~ The Cake Decorating Turntable Tool will make your decorating process ‘a piece of cake’. Use it to rotate your cake with ease when you are trying to smooth out the icing on the cake. 

Cake Icing Smoother

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To make your cake look smoother than Micheal Jackson in Smooth Criminal, you gotta use the Cake Icing Smoother Tool.Depending on your preferences, you can get them in variations such as: silicone, plastic and steel. Some even have handles so it’s easier to use.


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This baking tool is going to be your best friend. You will need the Spatula almost every time when you are trying to decorate a cake. This gives your cakes a flawless texture. There are Straight Spatulas that get the job done and Angled (Offset) Spatulas that also get the job done, while ensuring your hands don’t touch the cake icing.

Piping Tips

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The cream on the top. The icing on the cake. To get that ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ elegant look, you are certainly going to need Piping or Decorating Tool Tips. Not one, but a few so that you can devise various designs.

Not to worry, if you have just started baking, at least you gotta have the:

  • Round tip
  • Star Tip

Once you want to take it up a notch, experiment with other Decorating Tool Tips.

Piping Bags

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Without it you will not be able to ‘pipe up’ your cake. Pun intended.

You can get Disposable Plastic ones or save the environment with the Silicone bag.

Oh, you must take note of the size of the hole on your piping bag when trying to pair it with your piping tips. A tip – first only cut a little part of the bag and try fitting the tip. If you think you need to cut more then continue to cut but in small bits.

Cake Boards

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You may be wondering, “Oh come on, is that really necessary?”. Well yes, a Cake Board is going to:

  • Give foundation for your cake
  • Help you transfer the cake with ease from the turntable to the plate or display stand
  • Allows you to decorate without worries that the crumbs or icing might dirty the plate you are going to serve it on
  • Allows you to create piping at the bottom

I know you’re about to ask, so here are some tips on how to pick the right Cake Board:

  1. If you want the cake board to be seen: Choose a cake board about 2 inches larger than the cake
  2. If you don’t want the cake board to not be seen: Choose a cake board that is the same size or an inch smaller than the cake

Multi-purpose Metal Cake Scraper

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Hits so many birds with one stone. The Cake Scraper has multiple uses in baking:

  • As a spatula to even out the icing on your beautiful cake
  • To cut and section the dough
  • To pick up the dough
  • To measure chocolate or other ingredients with the ruler that is imprinted on some metal cake scrapers
  • To clean up your workspace that has sticky dough bits

Like I mentioned ‘many birds’, you can even use if for other purposes:

  • Cut and smash the life out of your garlics, herbs and other ingredients
  • Transfer those ingredients without touching them and creating a mess

Cake Stencil

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Time to be an artist. Stencils are amazing to create intricate artistic designs on cakes. It makes the job ‘a piece of cake’. 

Using a piece of stencil paper, you can transfer designs onto a cake using edible paints, sprays or buttercream.

If you are ‘too busy’ to make one, you can buy ready made stencils. Otherwise, you can make your own stencil with parchment paper. The designs you create are only limited by your imagination.

So creative people, here is how you make a DIY stencil and use it:

  1. Get a parchment or wax paper to trace over an image (you can draw directly on it if you are confident)
  2. Use edible markers or pencil to draw the image
  3. Cut the image with a pen knife or scissors leaving the paper outside the outline of the image intact.
  4. Ta-da! You got yourself a stencil paper.
  5. Now use it to press it against your cake gently and use edible spray paint or buttercream to transfer the design.
  6. If you want to apply stencil over a stenciled area, make sure to chill the cake for 30 minutes to 1 hour before applying it, so it doesn’t smudge the already stenciled area.

Since buttercream is the most complicated type of ingredient to create stencil art, let me help you by giving a few pointers:

  1. If you are using buttercream, ensure the consistency of the buttercream is not so stiff so it doesn’t break part when spreading on the cake
  2. Ensure the frosting on your cake has already set before applying the buttercream so it doesn’t damage the frosting
  3. Do not apply stencil on a frozen cake! If the cake is too cold, the buttercream will not stick to the cake
  4. Do not press to hard onto the cake when applying the stencil art
  5. Use a cake scraper or spatula to scrape the excess buttercream if you want a smooth design.
  6. You don’t have to use the entire stencil – you can use part of it depending on your creativity and design you want to create

Spoon and Forks

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Don’t underestimate the power of these humble tools. You can use spoons and forks as alternatives to decorate your cake. The back of the spoon can be used to spread cream and forks can be used to achieve fine lines.

Once you have these Decorating Tools, you’re all set to start baking and decorating like a ‘bawse’.

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