We all understand the frustration. You take up a new hobby and find yourself OBSESSED with everything to do with it. Tools, equipment, novelty items… anything! Its tough to wittle down the thousands of items available to just a few that fits within your bank balance.
Here are my must have and essential cake decorating items to get you started…
Basic set of modelling tools - This was one of the first things I bought and still use them so much. From frilling flowers, to adding texture to petals and modelling little faces. Totally essential.
Gel colours - I only use and have only ever used Sugarflair gel colours. They colour florist paste and sugar paste so well. I find them brilliant, they have a HUGE range of colours and I’ve never had any need to go else where.
Rolling pin - Again, totally essential. I use a 9 inch rolling pin for all my sugar flowers and 22 inch for rolling out sugar paste.
Cake smoothers – I lurve Wilton smoothers. They are rounded on one side and straight on the other. Perfect for cake sharp edges!
Cocktail sticks and food bags - I use cocktail sticks to add gel colours into paste. Nothing else works as good, they are so teeny that you can get the littlest amount of colour on them to achieve a pastel shade. Food bags are for storing your paste in to stop it from drying out.
Cutters - Now, you could go wild with this. So many cutters! The basics I would recommend are a 5 petal cutter set. I love them from PME. They give a really clean cut. Also some plunger cutters such as daisies or blossoms. Again, I find PME give the best cut.
Foam mat - A white foam mat is vital for frilling flowers. I use this PME mat, you can buy from windsor cake craft.
Cornflour – When rolling out florist paste, cornflour is amazing. Add a little on to your work surface before you roll our and it’ll stop your paste from sticking.
Piping Bags and nozzles – We love disposable piping bags, life is too short to be washing piping bags!! Lakeland are great for piping bags, as are eBay or amazon. We love Jem 2D nozzle too. Its a great all rounder for all kinds of swirls.
So there we have it, what are your essentials?
Love Dani x