Whether you're taking on a multi-tiered wedding cake or just want spruce up a treat that came from a boxed mix, having the right cake decorating tools in your arsenal is key. The experts in the Kitchen Appliance and Technology Lab at the Just Cooking Tools rounded up some of our favorite cake decorating supplies, kits, and sets available for taking your dessert presentation up a notch.
This set comes with ten stainless steel decorating tips (including the essentials, like a small and large round, star, petal, and leaf), plus ten disposable plastic decorating bags. The baggies are extra durable and easy to handle and we love that the tips can be cleaned in the dishwasher. As an added bonus, an easy-to-follow instruction booklet is included.
If piping bags sound too intimidating or messy, this genius decorating gun from Wilton should do the trick. Simply attach one of the five decorating tips and fill the plunger with icing or filling of your choice for no-fuss decorating. This tool also keeps your hands from heating up the frosting inside, plus it's kid-friendly.
It doesn't get much better than this OXO spatula. The handle's made from non-slip silicone that will feel comfortable to grip no matter how lengthy the task; the stainless steel blade is bent to elevate your hand so you'll have adequate clearance above the surface of your dessert. It's flexible, too, which means the blade won't break the surface of your cake (and the offset angle means you won't end up with icing all over your countertop).
Decorating a cake is much easier when you're able to rotate it on its cake stand ― frosting application is faster, plus the cake itself (versus you) does the moving as you add details or extra decorations around the exterior. We love this one from Ateco for its ideal height and weight, smooth rotation, and attractive look.
A top-performing stand mixer will make baking a lot easier, plus it'll improve the taste and texture of your results. You can turn to our test's champion for perfectly whipped egg whites, so-smooth homemade buttercream, and evenly mixed cake batter or bread dough. It comes with great basics plus you can add accessories like a pasta maker, spiralizer or juicer.
A cake leveler is a must-have for those new at cake decorating. This tool stands up on your countertop (so it stays steady at one height) as you move the blade over the surface of your cake to trim it so the outside is perfectly even. It's easier than using a serrated knife ensures that all cake layers are exactly the same height.
You know when you order that fancy chocolate cake at your favorite bakery and it has a beautifully ornate piece of chocolate sticking out of the icing on top? You can make those yourself with ease with this stencil kit. Simply fill the silicone dispenser with melted chocolate and trace one of the included template designs; let them dry and place atop your masterpiece.
If you're pulling out the big guns in decorating, you'll want to look into airbrushing. You can use this 18 PSI airbrush kit for making full-on art on top of cakes, but you can use it for easy tasks like adding a bit of color to frosting flowers, too. It has three levels for spraying so you can use it for fine or large-scale decorating tasks.