Today, we are talking about the three must-have decorating tools you’ll use for every cake. Without these three must-have tools, decorating cakes becomes much harder and will feel overwhelming.
If you are brand new to baking and cake decorating, and you’re not sure what to buy first. I always suggest getting an offset spatula, cake scraper, and spinning turntable. These three tools are a must-have to make your first cake.
Think of these baking tools as an investment into your baking career or hobby. These three tools you’ll most likely have to buy once, and you’ll have them forever. It’s definitely worth the investment to get high-quality tools from the start.
Let’s get started! Here’s how to use these three tools and why they are so useful.
1. Offset Spatulas
An offset spatula is a tool I use every time I make a cake. It helps to spread buttercream between cake layers and to spread buttercream all over the cake! I also use it for specific decorating techniques like this rustic look, seen here in this Peach Bellini Cake.
2. Cake Scraper (or Bench Scraper)
A cake scraper is a tool that’s one of the best tools you’ll ever need for cake decorating. By using this cake scraper around the sides of the cake, it’ll make it perfectly smooth. It also helps with getting those sharp edges on the top of your cakes. They come in many sizes, but for starters, I use the 6 inch one, it certainly gets the job done! You see me use this in every cake tutorial, but the most informational tutorial is How to Fill, Stack & Crumb Coat Layered Cake.
3. Spinning Turntable
A high-quality spinning turntable is something I can’t imagine decorating a cake without it. I have had an Arteco turntable for many years, and it still works like new! It can hold many sizes of cakes, including heavier ones while spinning smoothly. The turntable makes decorating a breeze. Spin the turntable as you are adding buttercream to the cake than as your spinning the cake use a cake scraper to smooth the sides out quickly. You see me use this in every cake tutorial, as seen here Sprinkle Fault Line Cake.
You May Also Enjoy:
- Vanilla Cake from Scratch (recipe)
- 10 Scratch Made Frostings for Beginner Bakers (tutorials)
- Planning Cakes Ahead of Time (post)
- How to Decorate Your First Cake (free course)
- Cake Decorating for Beginners (online course)
- Cake Decorating Tool Kit (24-piece kit with free shipping)
I have also created this tool guide, 25 Favorite Baking Tools for Beginner Bakers, for your reference. You don’t have to buy everything right now, but I suggest building up your tools slowly over time. Even now, I buy new tools as I need them! I added links to the exact products I use to give you a head start.
Hey, if you liked this tutorial, you really should check out, Cake Decorating Creator Program, my online cake course. I coach you on everything I teach on these cake tutorials so that you can uplevel your baking and decorating skills. We 10x it so you get the results you want most. Like any new skill, it’s important to learn from the ground up to build a foundation, so take on any cake challenge. It is an investment your future self will thank you for. Check it out at XOKatieRosario.com/online-cake-course. I will see you there.
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