Certain tools and equipment (some common, some specialized) are required for cake decorating. Be prepared ahead of time by organizing your cake decorating equipment into a kit. These things are what you’ll need for your cake decorating adventures:

  • Icing tips, such as #1–#10 for dots, lines, and scripting; #16, #18, #21, and #32 for forming stars; #48 for basketweaving; #67 for forming leaves; #104 for creating flowers; and a flower nail such as a #7

  • Disposable pastry bags

  • Couplers for the pastry bags

  • Icing offset spatulas, 4-inch and 9-inch

  • Ruler

  • Various sizes of baking pans, such as 9-inch rounds, 10-inch square, 9-x-13-inch rectangle, 12-x-18-inch rectangle, and Bundt

  • Cardboard rounds to support the cake

  • Cooling racks

  • Cookie, fondant, and gum paste cutters

  • Cake tester

  • Bench scraper

  • Pastry brush

  • Decorating comb

  • Turntable

  • Layer leveler

  • Candy and oven thermometers

  • Parchment paper

  • Toothpicks and bamboo skewers for sketching

  • Modeling tools

  • A color wheel