Everything You Need to Decorate a Pretty Cake

Decorating a cake at home? Make sure you have these tools!

ILLUSTRATOR Jona Bisuna

You can make any cake pretty at home-all you need are a few essential tools. This checklist is for all the home-bakers who aspire to be the next Martha Stewart. Let's bake?

 

1  Offset spatula

Smooth out the top and sides of your cake in a jiffy with an offset spatula. The trick to a perfectly smooth buttercream-frosted cake? Dip your offset spatula in hot water, wipe it with a towel, and, in one motion, sweep the warm spatula over your frosting for a smooth finish. 

 

Trudeau baking tools are available in Gourdo's, Rustan's, and Landmark deparment stores. 

 

2  Cake turntable

Layered cakes are almost impossible to frost flawlessly without a cake turntable to prop it up on. Find afforable cake turntables online!  

 

3  Pastry bags and frosting tips

These pastry bags are surprisingly simple to use! Here's a quick hack to frosting cakes and cupcakes if you have no time to run out and restock your pastry bag supply.

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Ateco has cake frosting kits that have several pastry bags and different kinds of frosting tips. Find them at Rustan's and Landmark department stores. 

 

4  Couplers

A coupler is what connects your pastry bag to your pastry tip. Wilton's Quick Twist Coupler Set makes switching tips easy and fuss-free. Find it at Gourdo's or at Rustan's department store. 

 

5  Tweezers

You worked so hard on making perfect frosting swirls on your cupcakes and smooth buttercream finishes on your layer cakes-why ruin them with clumsy hands? Carefully place your finishing touches (flowers, nuts, fruit, and other decor) with a pair of tweezer. Grab Ateco's decorating tweezers at Landmark department store. 

 

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