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Essential Cake Decorating Tools – A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve been asked what tools I use when I’m making cakes, and have decided to share a list of my favorite cake decorating tools!

I cover everything from the cake stand I use religiously, to my favorite brand of cake pans. These are the tools and equipment that I wouldn’t be able to survive/decorate without.

If you want to see pictures of each tool listed below, or know more about the equipment I film with, you can check you my amazon storefront!

It’s also important to note that you don’t need expensive tools to get the job done.

Some of the tools I use the most are also the cheapest! So here they are, with links to the exact products I use:

    • Spinning Cake Stand – I have had this Ateco 612 cake stand for years, and it has never let me down! It can support very heavy cakes, and is dream to decorate on.
    • Straight Edged Cake Pans – It’s worth investing in some good cake pans! They can last your for years, and are totally worth it. I use either 7 inch x 2 inch or 8 inch x 2 inch can pans to bake the layers for most of my cakes.
    • Offset Spatula – My offset spatula is used with every cake I make! It helps evenly spreading frosting between cake layers, and work frosting around the cake for the crumb coat! I also use it for certain decorating techniques.
    • Bench scraper  – This tool is ESSENTIAL to getting smooth sides and sharp edges on your cakes!! I have several, but this one is the one I use the most. It’s only 6 inches tall, but is actually tall enough for more of my cakes. If you’re after a taller bench scraper, this a wonderful one that is 10 inches tall!
    • Basic Frosting Tips – I use a wide variety of frosting tips, but found that it was easiest when I was starting out to buy a pack of a bunch of tips. This bundle has a ton of different types, and is a great deal!
    • Piping Bags – I use different sized bags for different projects, but I like to use these Ateco piping bags! They’re great quality, and never tear or burst, even with stiff buttercream or ganache. I order both the 12 inch and 18 inch sizes, in rolls of 100 on amazon.
    • Cake Rounds/Cake Circles – I use 10-inch, greaseproof cake rounds because I usually 7 or 8 inch cakes. If you make different sized cakes, these come in a ton of different sizes!  Just always be sure that your cake rounds are grease proof, otherwise the cardboard will show great stains from your frosting!!


    • Kitchenaid Mixer (5 quart size) and Paddle Attachment with spatula – I use these to make every recipe other than meringue! It is by far my most utilized tool.
    • Gel Food Coloring – Americolor is the BEST gel food coloring out there. It colors both batters and frosting the most vibrant shades, and is the only brand I use.
    • Acetate Sheets – These flexible plastic sheets are great for naked cakes (Christina Tosi style), ice cream cakes, and also for smoothing cakes with curved surfaces.
    • Assorted Circle Cutters – I use these for a variety of different things, from fondant polka dots, to making fondant eyes.
    • Plastic Squirt Bottles – I use these for all of my drips and drizzles!! Whether it’s regular chocolate ganache, colored white chocolate ganache, or caramel, these bottles allow you to easily get the perfect drips!!
    • Colorful Cake Knives – What’s the point in spending hours making a cake if you don’t get a nice clean cut, and beautiful slices?? I also love to coordinate my knife color with the decoration or flavor of my cakes


    • Air Brush – This is by no means an essential, but is so fun to have!! I recently purchased mine, and can’t get enough of it! It really is only needed for specialty or fancy cakes, and I finally purchased one for big partnership that required it.
    • Iridescent Knives – My friend got these for me, and I simply can’t get enough of them!! I also get asked all the time where they’re from, so I figured I’d share the link!
    • Decorative Cake Stands – When you put so much time into making a cake, it’s fun to have beautiful cake stands to display them on! I have a few different cake stands that don’t spin, and are solely for photographing cakes ?
    • Pretty Sprinkle Blends – My favorite brand of sprinkle blends is Neon Yolk Shop! Rosie is so sweet, and she has a fantastic online shop on Etsy

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Fareen Kanji

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Hi Chelsea,

What fat content is the heavy cream in your buttercream recipe? Is it whipping cream?


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Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Hi in the video you used a bench scraper that also had ridges can you provide the link to that.


Saturday 20th of June 2020

May I know how to choose a oven?? And tell ur brand...