My cake baking and decorating collection is getting a bit out of hand these days, as the stash keeps snowballing bigger and bigger! But I thought I would do a little blog post on the essential tools and equipment that I use for my cake decorating.
I’m not an excellent cake maker, I’ve only ever made 2 proper cakes in my life! But I do love experimenting with cakes, cupcakes, and icing decorations. For me, baking is a hobby that I enjoy doing, even when it becomes stressful! But kitchen disasters are all part of the fun, and it will always turn out okay in the end, and someone will always finish eating it all! Being able to see your finished creation, made all by yourself, and tasting so sweet, is always a great achievement that I love! It’s great being able to impress people with something that looks and tastes amazing, even if it took blood, sweat and tears (yuk!) to make it.
So if you’re a baking novice but are interested in getting into cake making, here are a few essential tools that I would suggest you get to start off with. These are all available from The Craft Company, which is an excellent one-stop-shop for all things cakey. The Craft Company specialises in cake decorations and cake decorating supplies including cake boards, cake boxes, cake decorating equipment, baking tins, ingredients and cake toppers – everything you need for baking! They also have some great, helpful sections of their website, including videos and advice.
Sprinkles – I use these mainly for cupcakes, but dragees (little coloured or metallic balls) can be used to add finishing touches to cakes too. These come in a huge selection of colours and shapes, and are cheap to buy too.
Icing nozzles – Again, I mainly use these to pipe effects with buttercream onto cupcakes, but they can also be used to write text onto cakes, or add little details or dots to cakes.
Gel colours – I use gel colours to colour my white fondant icing. I prefer using gel because it’s easy to use, and you can easily add extra colour to get a deeper shade. These tubs last ages and are only a couple of quid each.
Moulds – Silicone moulds are an easy-peasy way to get perfect icing decorations in all kinds of shapes! These are a little more pricey to buy, but they last forever, and they look very effective on cupcakes or cakes.
Rolling pin – You need a decent little rolling pin to roll out your fondant icing to the right thickness if you’re going to use a cutter to cut shapes from. You also need a larger rolling pin to roll out your cake covering with smooth icing!
Tools – You can buy these cheap little tools in a set, and they are used for shaping and defining your cake icing decorations, and making little touch ups.
Cases – Cupcake cases come in an enormous range of styles and colours! They can be useful for continuing a theme throughout the cakes, and coloured or patterned ones can be more attractive that plain white.
Icing – You can buy pre coloured fondant icing if you don’t want to colour it yourself, and you can buy this in various different colours. This is a quick and easy alternative to colouring, if the colour you require is available.
Glitter – Non toxic rainbow dust in various colours can add a bit of sparkle to your cakes, or to highlight icing decorations.
Brushes – I use my brushes mainly for edible glue, to stick decorations onto the cake. But they can also be used for painting on detail or dusting with powder or glitter.
All the items are available to buy from The Craft Company.
My top tips for cake decorating –
- Always make sure your cake has completely cooled before you start decorating
- Plan what you are going to do before you start, and make sure you have everything you need
- Knead your fondant icing in your warm hands to make it more soft and supple
- Coat your cake with a thin layer of buttercream before you put on the icing. This is called crumb coating
- You can use egg white or even water as an edible glue
- Add Trex or vegetable fat to your fondant icing to stop it from cracking
- A cake stand makes a beautiful serving piece and a great way to display your work
- Add colour to your icing gradually, it’s easier to make the colour deeper than to remove colour!
- When making cupcakes, use an ice cream scoop to measure out the correct amount of mixture for each cake.
You can see all of my baking projects here. Here are some of my favourite ones I’ve made lately (click on each photo for how I made each one:
Baby shower cake
Pink rose buttercream swirl cupcakes
Lemon drizzle loaf
|Buttercream topped lemon and vanilla cupcakes|
Mothers day 2 tier cake (my first attempt at proper cake decorating)
I hope you found this blog post both interesting and helpful 🙂 I would love to know if you have any top tips for baking too! What’s youre favourite thing to bake?