You need some basic tools when you are decorating cakes. While you can get by with nothing more than an offset spatula if you need to, it makes your job a lot easier and give you a lot more decorating options if you have some pastry tips, piping bags and a turntable. The pastry tips and bags allow you not only to add finishing touches to a cake, but they can help you get that first layer of icing on neatly and efficiently. A turntable allows you to access all sides of the cake smoothly and evenly, so your ombre cakes will have an even gradient to them.
These tools can be a bit difficult to keep track of – especially the pastry tips, which are small and tend to get lost in drawers with other kitchen utensils – but there are quite a few boxes and toolkits out there that will help keep you organized. Few toolkits are as well put together as the Chef’n Cakewalk Cake Decorating Kit. The cakewalk set includes 12 small tips, 2 medium tips, 2 large tips, flower nail, small coupler and two pastry bags, which is a great starter set of baking accessories for most cake decorating projects. All of this is packed inside of a rotating turntable with a nonslip base that you can decorate your cakes on. To use the turntable, simply set a platter or cake board on top of the table, place your cake on top and decorate to your heart’s content. This means that your cake decorating supplies will take up half the room, since they’re stored inside of the turntable, and that everything will stay packed neatly together in between baking projects.