I remember back when I bought some of my first cake dekoration tools. What was good to start with? and what was not that important? It was so easy to spend too much money on equipment and I must admit that I still do have unpacked cutters in my tool box.
So now I try to be more critical whenever I see something new on the cake decorating market because do I really need it? So to help new commers to the cake decorating universe on what to spend your money on first. I have written a basic list that hopefully will help you to deside what you need the most.
Note: not all of the tools I am talking about are in the photo.
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Rolling pin: Do try and see if you can get a long one. Because you can also use it to “roll up” your fondant and transfer it to the cake. Use a shorter and smaller one when you make decorations. You can get rolling pins in non-stick and wood.
Smoothers: A pair of smoothers really makes the difference when it comes to smoothing fondant.
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Angled spatula: Makes it easier to apply buttercream frosting on the cake.
Pizza cutter: To cut off excess fondant.
Petal pad: When making flowers a petal pad out of firm foam is needed. Especially when you work with the ball/dog bone tool.
Petit spatulas: I use them for all kinds of things. You could also just use a small knife.
Piping bag and tip: In the beginning, I only had one piping bag, a coupler, and a pair of decorating tips. Start out with round, star, and leaf. They are still the ones I use the most.
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Colors & dusts: There are different brands of paste/gel colors on the market today. I like the brands SugarFlair & AmeriColors. Often you can get a starter color kit that will give you plenty of opportunities. Remember that colors like black and red can be hard to obtain from regular paste/gel colors. Most brands have those colors with extra strength. That way you don’t have to use a whole bottle to get a deep color.
Dusts are like eyeshadows they come in all the colors of the rainbow and it can be hard not to buy too many 😉 So, a white pearl luster dust and a couple of plain dust is good to start out with. You can mix your own shimmer dust by mixing petal dust with pearl luster dust.
Cutters & embossers: An easy rose cutter is always a good rose cutter to start out with. I also like the ejector cutters and you can now get a nice variety of ejector cutters with leaves, blossoms, calyx, etc.
One of my all-time favourites is the silicone flower veiner, as you can make pretty flowers in no time. Use it with five petal blossoms and Petunia flower cutters. You may also like lettering cutters? Embossing stamps can quickly make beautiful details in your fondant.
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Miscellaneous: Clear alcohol for mixing colors and dusts. A small non-stick board. A good cake decorating book. Soft and fine brushes for painting. Toothpicks for adding color and small painter’s palettes for mixing colors but also for drying small flowers are good basic’s to have in your tool box.
Finally, one of the best tools to have is the sugar craft gun. It can help you out with so many things and it will soon be one of your best tools to work with.
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You are more than welcome to post a comment and tell me what kind of tools that you started out with in the beginning.