Top 10 cake decorating gadgets

Get down to some serious cake-making with help from professional equipment to ensure icing success. Our assistant food editor, Cassie, talks us through 10 pieces of baking kit to help you achieve a professional finish.

Piping nozzlePiping nozzles 

I find that most of the nozzles you get in multipacks are designed for very specific patterns, meaning I never use them. Instead, I’ve built up my own collection, picking up good ones individually when I see them - try taking the same route by expanding your collection incrementally. 

  • Individual Little Venice Piping Nozzles, from £1.95, Divertimenti

Food colouringFood colouring paste kit 

These pastes have a strong concentration of colour and won’t make your icing go runny, like the liquid varieties. If you want to impress with your cakes, you’ll need lots of colours, so it’s worth investing in a set. I love this one from Squires.

  • SK Professional Paste food colour kit, £39, Squires


Rolling pinLong non-stick plastic rolling pin

When rolling out fondant icing to cover a large cakeyou want to make sure it’s super smooth. Smaller wooden rolling pins can leave lines and markings from the wood, so buy a professional pin like this one.

  • White polyethylene 60cm rolling pin, £12.52, Russums


Cake boardCake boards

You can pick these up in cook shops or online quite cheaply. Look out for thicker varieties (to give your cake good support) and make sure you cover the cake and the board with icing for a smooth finish.


icing smootherIcing smoother 

Fondant icing has a tendency to show up every lump and bump of the cake underneath – this gadget will help you to smooth it out and create sharp corners.

  • Icing smoother, £3.45, Tesco


Cake lifterCake lifter 

Once your cake is decorated, you don’t want to ruin the icing. This slides under the cake so you can move it without touching it. It’s a simple tool but one I use again and again.

  • Kitchen Craft 'Sweetly Does It' cake lifter, £15.23, Wayfair


Set of icing toolsSet of icing tools 

I’ve been known to use cotton buds, knitting needles and even screwdrivers to create delicate shapes to adorn my cakes, but a set of decorating tools will do a much better job! These will help you mould fondant icing and sugar flower paste into everything from pretty petals to cartoon figurines.

  • Tala icing modelling tool set, £6, Beales


Palette knifeSmall offset palette knife

A large straight palette knife is great for covering large cakes but this angled palette knife is my secret weapon for getting into tight corners and icing individual cakes.

  • Ateco 4½in palette knife spatula, £3.65, Cake Stuff


Squires cake dummyCake dummies

I’ll let you into a secret – whenever I make a tiered cake and I want it to have the wow factor, I use a cake dummy to form the bottom layer. This adds height and saves you from making too much cake. You can buy these polystyrene drums online, simply cover in the same icing as the rest of the cakes – no one will ever know!

  • Cake dummy chamfered edge round 12in, £7.60, Squires


Cake turnerTurntable 

This is great for icing cakes. It has a non-slip base and you won’t have to touch the cake to reach all the sides.

  • Mason Cash 27cm cake decorating turntable, £7, Wilko



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