Have you always dreamed of creating a mind-blowing cake, but you don’t know how? What you might not realize is that it’s surprisingly achievable.
Today my wedding cakes are on display in Harrods Food Hall, while I make others for birthdays and brand launches. I trained to The blue cordon, but you don’t have to be a professional baker to wow your friends, family, and social media followers. You just need to have the right equipment.
Here we have put together a list of essentials that will help you build the confidence and skills to turn your Victoria sponge into a masterpiece.
Tala tilting turntable: £ 15, Dunelm
It is worth investing in a turntable; and no, we’re not talking about the DJ setup – although that might be interesting.
A baking turntable makes decorating a cake smoother and more efficient, while giving you a full 360 degree view of the cake without having to handle it too much.
We love the Tala tilting turntable, which you can adjust from different angles, making it easier to reach the top of the cake.
It also has a solid non-slip surface.
PME Stainless Steel Plain Side Scraper: £ 4.95, Cake Stuff
Every baker loves a smooth, well-finished cake. It is also one of the most difficult aspects of decorating. This is where the side scraper comes in.
Plastic scrapers tend to bend, so we recommend the PME Metal Scraper. It’s high enough for the medium layered cake, has a nice, clean edge, and is very stable.
Tala Angled Palette Knife: £ 2.99, Ocado
Also known as an “offset spatula,” a palette knife helps spread buttercream evenly between layers of cake, while keeping cake edges neat and tidy.
This particular shape prevents the handle – and your hands – from touching the cake while you are decorating.
They come in different sizes, but we’ve found this one to be very easy to use because it gives you more control.
Roll of 100 piping bags 21 “: £ 8.50, Amazon
Taller cakes have become one of the latest trends in the baking world.
Cakes with more layers need more buttercream, which requires a large pastry bag. These are easy to use, high quality and great value for money.
Refillable silicone pastry brush: £ 8, Joseph Joseph
The pastry brush is great for dipping a sponge in sugar syrup, adding moisture and flavor to your cake. But we have found that the bristles of the brush often come loose.
Fortunately, Joseph Joseph answered our prayers with sugar syrup. This brush is made of silicone which means it is hairless. It is the best alternative for soaking your cakes.
Digital thermometer: £ 5.98, Nisbets
If you want to experiment with caramel, a thermometer is essential.
You can go for some old school sugar thermometers, but we’ve found the digital readings to be much more accurate.
A probe is also safer. By avoiding direct contact with a hot pan or caramel, you will avoid burns.
Vogue High Temperature Spatula: £ 7.91, Amazon
The idea of baking may well conjure up the image of a trusty wooden spoon, but we’ve always found them a bit tricky when it comes to stirring, scraping, and cleaning.
Flexible spatulas allow you to clean the bowl to make sure nothing gets lost.
They’re heat resistant as well, which means you can use them to make caramel without them melting in the pan.
Color Splash Food Coloring Gel Set: £ 6.99, Craft Company
When it comes to food coloring, we recommend that you stay away from liquids. They dilute the mixture. Since the color is often quite faint, you will also need to use a lot of it.
Gel dyes are much more concentrated, can be used in lower doses, and are generally much brighter.
Color Splash is available in a wonderful range of shades. Neat tubes also keep your work clean – no more stained hands!
Wilton 1M Nozzle: £ 1.95, Cake Stuff
Piping nozzles can turn an ordinary cake into a flourishing masterpiece.
A nozzle can be used in a number of ways, and we’ve found that you can’t go wrong with a regular Wilton 1M nozzle.
From cupcake swirls to small details on larger cakes, this nozzle is a great introduction to the world of piping.
Wilton 5-Piece Brush Set: £ 6 Crafts
Whether painting on fondant cakes or brushing chocolate with luster dust, a true artist needs good quality paintbrushes. If you are using regular paintbrushes you may find that the bristles fall out, so it is worth investing in those designed for decorating cakes and cookies.
The liner brush in this set is great for detailing, the round brush is good for thicker lines, the small flat brush is great for shading, the angled flat brush is useful for curved strokes, while the flat brush is good for shading. wide is the one for painting larger areas.
These final touches will take your cake to the next level.
The verdict: the best cake decorating tools
You don’t need all of the equipment to decorate a cake, but you will need the right set of tools for the particular style you are looking for.
Our essential tool to help you with every cake would be the Tala tilting turntable – so go!
Georgia Green is the founder of Georgia cakes.
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