There are several different types of supplies for cake decorating to choose from. If you want to be creative in your own way with decorating cakes, there are several ways to add color and creativity into the cake decorating process without spending an arm and a leg on supplies. Here are just some of the many different types of supplies for cake decorating that are available for you to purchase or make at home.
Flowers: A great supply for adding color and life to a cake is a flower nail. These are small plastic or metal implements that have a hook on the end and are used to draw the outline of a flower onto a cake. Using flower nail heads is a simple process of sliding the flower nail head through the cake and then removing it once the outline is complete. This is a great addition to flowers because they are so pretty and come in so many sizes, shapes and colors.
Cake Pans: There are all kinds of pans out there for cake decorating. You can use square pans for small round cakes, or you can purchase round pans for any shape you want. You can find pans at almost any store that has baking goods, and they are usually fairly cheap. Cake pans are an important part of any cake decoration supplies because they allow you to not only create a cake that looks beautiful, but also that will be decorated nicely.
Icing: Icing is the key to any great looking cake. It is a very important aspect of cakes because it allows you to make a design that will not fall off, and it also helps to hold the cake level as you work in between layers. Make sure that you have a cake leveler to help you keep the icing down where it needs to be. Most cookbooks or internet sites will show you how to properly use a cake leveler, and you should never skip this step. Buttercream Icing is a good choice of icing because it will not stick to the cake.
Baking Chips: These chips come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are an important part of baking cakes. I recommend using the smallest chips possible for the largest designs you will be working on. They are also easier to spread with a spatula rather than a hand, and are generally less expensive than other baking chips. I generally recommend using at least three different size chips so that you can cover various designs and areas of your cake. If you use straight edge pans, it is important to remember that you may want to cover the entire pan with one piece of buttercream icing.
Acrylic Discs: These are another crucial part of making a cake. I recommend using a large acrylic disc or a tablespoonful of frosting and filling the center of your cake with it. If you do this, you will build up enough coverage that the frosting will not run when you remove it from the oven. Once you frost the cake, you can simply pipe it with buttercream icing to enclose it and finish it off.
I hope you have learned a bit more about the basic supplies for cake decorating that you will need. Make sure that you choose quality pieces of cookware to avoid damaging them while you are working with delicate pastry and cake frosting designs. Also, choose a pan set that is both functional and beautiful. By using quality products and following some basic rules, you can create some beautiful cakes.