When one is just beginning the art of cake decorating, the number and variety of supplies available can seem daunting. When shopping in the cake decorating section of a craft store, seeing all the tools available can also be very exciting and you may feel inclined to purchase many tools to learn how to use them. To keep it uncomplicated here is a list of tools to begin practicing decorating cakes:
Icing Spatula: Spatulas are a tool used to put icing on a cake. Another name for an icing spatula is a pastry spatula. They vary in length and shape depending on what it is being used for. The lengths can range from 8 inches to 15 inches long. There are different shaped spatulas. You will find spatulas that are straight with a curved tip. Another type of spatula is angled from the handle. Some spatulas are tapered toward the tip or have a flat tip. Having an assortment of spatulas will help you achieve a smooth surface for your cake. I recommend that one start with at least a 8 inch angled spatula. This spatula is shorter therefore easier to control. It might be interesting for you to get ideas about Cake Craft from www.cakecraft.co.uk.
Decorating Tips: These tips fit into a pastry bag and are used to create the decorations and details on cakes. There are many different tips, each creating a different design. The tips have a number and letter engraved on them that coincides with a design. Three basic types and sizes I would recommend to begin with are round size 12, star size 21, and a drop flower size 107.
Decorating Bags: Decorating bags are essential to the process. They hold the icing and tip that you are planning to use. The bags are made of different materials; plastic, parchment, cloth, and vinyl. Plastic bags are disposable and are purchased by the box. Parchment bags are made from cutting a triangle from parchment paper and forming a bag. These bags are also disposable. The cloth and vinyl bags are reusable and usually dishwasher safe. These bags can be purchased separately or in packages of two or three.
Coupler: The coupler holds the tip to the decorating bag. There are two different sizes of couplers, a standard size that is used for most tips and a larger coupler that is used with some specialty tips. A coupler has two pieces, one piece is the base and the other is the ring. The base is placed inside the decorating bag, and then the tip is placed on the part of the coupler that sticks out of the bag. The ring is what holds the tip and the base of the coupler together by screwing onto the base through the bag.