8 Basic Tools Every Pro Baker Uses To Decorate Their Cakes

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If day in and day out of watching mesmerizing cake making videos has taught us anything, it's that even the trickiest designs are achieved with the simplest tools. Today is National Cake Decorating Day, and in honor of it, we've rounded up eight essential tools you should keep in your kitchen.

Fine-Mesh Sieve

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You probably know from experience that sprinkling powdered sugar over a cake with a spoon won't result in the even dusting you want; it'll give you clumps that'll clog your airways when they go down. You need a sieve to achieve a perfect snowfall.

Cooling Rack



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A metal grid can work overtime as a drip tray. Mirror glaze cakes require you to pour a gelatin-based icing over the cake, letting it drip off the sides. You'll eliminate ugly pooling at the bottom and have an easier time transferring the finished product to a cake plate if you pour over a grid rack.



Icing Smoother

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The pros don't get their frosting smooth by going over it with a spatula a million times. They rely on flat-edged plastic scrapers. You can get them with teeth too, to make even grooves on the surface of your cake.

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Rolling Pin

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Cake batter doesn't require smoothing out with a rolling pin like cookie dough, but when you're decorating a finished cake with fondant, you'll need to get it flat. A classic wood one will do.

Offset Spatula

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An offset spatula is a cake decorator's most reached for tool. You can use it to scoop, swoop, spread, and swirl frosting and meringue. It's a huge help when lifting and stacking tiered cakes. Plus, you can use it to unstick delicate things (like lace toppings or chocolate shards) from parchment paper.

Icing Tips

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To achieve a 3D effect instead of perfectly smooth frosting, you'll want to invest in a set of icing tips and pastry bags. You can pipe frosting in dots or lines all over the cake, then either leave them be or smooth them out.

Revolving Cake Stand

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Not all cake stands are created equally, so don't start decorating on your vintage milk glass pedestal. Opt for a no-frills stand that revolves. That way, you move the cake while you're working on it instead of walking in circles around it.

Squeeze Bottle

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Drip cakes aren't going anywhere, so you might as well master them rather than fear them. A squeeze bottle will prove to you they're not as difficult to make as you think. You just squeeze drops of icing around the rim of the cake and let them drip off the edge.

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