Essential Buttercream Tools

May 3rd, 2015 by Beth Somers

Buttercream is a classic when it comes to cake decorating, as it is soft and spreadable with a flavor most everyone loves. While there are many tools available to help you work with buttercream, here are some we consider essential.

Icing Smoother – When you need a clean, perfect finish to your buttercream-iced cakes, use the Icing Smoother. Its double-sided edge sits flush to the top and sides of your cake to smooth out bubbles and other imperfections as you turn the cake on a turntable. At 9 inches tall, it’s able to smooth really tall cakes.

Angled SpatulasAngled spatulas are an essential for icing a buttercream cake. Their ergonomic design keeps your hands away from the surface of your cake as you work, so that you can spread your icing with ease.

Tip 789 – Using this wide tip is the quickest and easiest way to apply a consistent layer of icing to the top and sides of your cake. When used in conjunction with a turntable, icing a cake doesn’t get any faster than this.

Disposable Decorating Bags – Decorating cakes is fun, but cleaning up after your decorating is done? Not so much. Disposable decorating bags reduce your cleaning time substantially because you toss the bags when you’re through with them. Plus they’re strong and comfortable in your hand when decorating, making them perfect for piping buttercream details.

Turntable – The spinning motion of a turntable is very helpful when applying icing to a cake with a spatula, and even more helpful when you’re smoothing that icing out. The rotation is also helpful when you’re applying decorations around the sides or top and bottom borders of the cake because you can turn the cake with ease. If you usually ice and decorate your cakes on a static surface like a kitchen table or countertop, try a turntable. You’ll never look back.
Essential Tools for Buttercream
Tips in General – Bag and tip decorating is synonymous with buttercream icing, so decorating tips are a must when it comes to buttercream cake decorating. Our most essential tips for cake decorating are tips 5, 18, and 104. This assortment gives you a round tip for dots, lines, bead borders and writing; a star tip for stars, shell borders, rosettes, and pull-out hair; and a petal tip for a variety of flowers and ruffles.

Beth Somers Beth Somers is the Senior Test Kitchen Manager and has taught at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, IL. As a competitor on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she shined as a champion during season 6. Before joining Wilton, Beth honed her pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Beth loves showing people how fun and easy it can be to bake and decorate amazing sweet treats with Wilton products.

2 Replies

  1. JANE KARANJA says:

    Those tools are nice. I Wish to stock your products in my cake accessories shop. Is it possible to get the products here in Kenya? I wish I could become your Agent. I own a cake shop and am planning to have a cake accessories shop which is being renovated. Thank you.


  2. Susan Burnett says:

    What tool do you use to make the elegant ripple in a cake that is shown a couple of cake pictures on this site. I can’t seem to find a tool that gives a wide enough space between the ripples. Thank you.

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