Decorating Tools Demystified – Garland Marker

June 16th, 2010 by Giulia Taraszkiewicz

Once again I turned to the Decorating Room experts to seek step by step instructions on cake decorating tools. This month’s focus is the Garland Marker. This strangely shaped tool is surprisingly easy to use and truly aids in the creation of beautiful garlands. Here is how to do it in just 3 easy steps!
Garland Marker

Start with a perfectly frosted cake. Make your own recipe from scratch or use Wilton’s yummy Buttercream Icing Mix. Add any color you like to the mix: Diane and I chose a pretty pink.


Decide what measure you would like to use for the garland, and adjust the garland marker to that size. You want to make sure that the measure you pick is such that the circumference of the cake can be evenly divided into that number.
Garland Marker Step 1


Now use the garland marker by gently curving it along the upper cake edge. By doing so, the tiny spikes of the garland marker will imprint the side of the cake with dots. Proceed and create imprints all around the cake.
Garland Marker Step 2


Use the dots imprinted in the icing as a guide to create garlands. Diane used a star tip to make a simple zigzag garland that looked quite impressive. You can make as many designs as you like by using different tips and colors of icing.
Garland Marker Step 3

Now that your garlands are in place you can add personal decorating touches to your cake. As you know, I am a big fan of pre-made icing flowers so, after creating a shell border around the edge, we used Spring Flowers Icing Decorations at either ends of each garland, and in the center of the cake…. It’s that easy! Look at how beautiful this cake turned out! Wouldn’t it be a great cake to bring to a Garden Tea Party?Garland Marker Cake Ideas

To show you the versatility of using garlands as part of a cake design, we dressed the cake up by using different icing decorations. We also used a matching Cake Photo Topper. A quick switch and voila’…. a princess cake, perfect for little girl’s birthday! Garland Marker Cake Ideas

Thanks again Diane!

Giulia Taraszkiewicz Giulia is the Associate Product Manager for Gingerbread. Born a crafter, Giulia moved from Italy to the U.S. where she enthusiastically joined Wilton. She LOVES baking, decorating, crafting, cooking, family and friend gatherings, shopping, and pretty things.

14 Replies

  1. Carmelo says:

    I know a little girl who would love me to make this exact cake for her. Good post. I do prefer making my own flowers. 🙂

  2. B-Jo says:

    BUT… how do you determine whether or not the cake will accommodate that size of garland evenly?

    • Giulia Taraszkiewicz says:

      Hello B-Jo,
      It depends on the size of garland you would like and the cake size that you have selected, for example:

      If you baked a 10″ cake….you have either 5 – 2″ garlands or 10 small 1″ garlands, or 4 – 2 1/2″ garlands.

      If you baked a 9″ cake you would do 3 – 3″ garlands or 4 – 2 1/4″ garlands.

      Hope this helps,
      happy decorating!

  3. Charles says:

    I’d be interested in knowing how to make the chandelier border and the reverse chandelier border. I’ve been told the technique appeared in some older Wilton publications, but I cannot find it in your currently available printed material. Would you use the Garland marker to make such borders? If so, can you tell me how?


    • Giulia Taraszkiewicz says:

      Hello Charles,

      This very interesting technique is not much in use today. I had to ask the decorating room to find out what it is and how to proceed. They told me they hardly ever use it. We did publish it the last time in 1974. I took a picture of the publication where it was featured and here are the images:

      chandelier technique
      chandelier technique directions

      I hope this helps. By the way the Wilton School tells me they still teach it in the advanced classes, though they use a newer method. Check out classes at the Wilton School to find a list of classes where this technique is taught.

      Good luck and happy decorating!

  4. Blessing says:

    i love your style. i want lerarn how to make fondant cake, can you heip me out? thanks. you can reply via the email address.

  5. Audrey Dawson says:

    Hi…question about the pre-made icing flowers…how many of the Spring Flowers come for the $5.99? I would like to know so I will have an idea of how many to order for future purposes. Thank you so much!

  6. jamiesgrl says:

    i was wondering if there is any type of financial aid offered for the classes, i want to take the classes really bad and we just cant afford to pay for them can u help please!!!

    • Lee Mann says:

      Well … there are two sources of courses for face-to-face learning of the Wilton Method of cake decorating. And, beyond that, there are many online, publication, and video resources.

      1 — As Director of Educational Marketing, my responsibility is for consumer classes offered at retailers throughout the US, Canada, Mexico … and world! Since they’re scheduled and offered by retailers, the tuition (“registration fee”) is paid directly to the retailer. I don’t know of any kind of financial aid offered for this. However, these classes are priced to entice people to join the fun in making their family celebrations special. Check it out at: There’s also a zip-code based class locator available from that site.

      2 — Then, there’s the wonderful Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art, at I don’t know of any financial aid available from them, so please be sure to contact the School and ask. I do know that many culinary professionals have taken courses at the School and are very proud and glad for what they learned. Graduating from one of the School’s courses definitely is a feather in your career hat!

      Beyond that, Wilton offers this website, publications and CDs, all of which provide excellent instruction. You can use the “search” function on our website to discover many hours of available information and instruction. Or, stop by your local retailer to pick up the 2011 Wilton Yearbook and explore the publications section. In that listing, you’ll find further books and videos (CDs) from which you can learn a lot about cake decorating and other confectionery arts. The middle section of the Yearbook also offers detailed instructions.


  7. Dear sir/mam I want to take the classes i am leving in kuwait wen you stat class in Dubai jast in fom us i will atend the class i will pay your class fees Thanking you

  8. Angelina says:

    I love this tool! I just bought it and can’t wait to use it.. Yes, I still love it even though I haven’t used it yet. ~:)

  9. mary ponds says:

    Queston On Garlands/You said If you baked a 10″ cake….you have either 5 – 2″ garlands or 10 small 1″ garlands, or 4 – 2 1/2″ garlands.

    If you baked a 9″ cake you would do 3 – 3″ garlands or 4 – 2 1/4″ garlands.
    A 9 inch cake all way around is total of 29 inches/ If I did 9 of the 3 inch garlands then there would be only 2 inches left time I got around the cake not 3 inches? 9 x 3 =27 with 2 inches left. The garland marker does not let me do 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch but only inches. Guess I am not smart enough to figure this out. There are no holes to put marker in 1/4 or 1/8 for measurement. Please do video of how to use/ Thanks/Mary

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