Tools

Tools

All of the caking tools I’ve come to love over the years and use on the daily. Whether you’re brand new to cake baking or a seasoned pro, you’ll find something on this page to help on your journey.

Baking Tools

5-Quart KitchenAid Mixer

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The perfect all-purpose stand mixer for whipping up layer cakes, cupcakes, and up to three batches of buttercream.

6-Quart KitchenAid Mixer

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The perfect large batch stand mixer for whipping up layer cakes, cupcakes, and up to six batches of buttercream.

KitchenAid Paddle Attachment

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The ideal attachment for mixing cakes, cupcakes, and buttercream – it incorporates the least amount of air, making your cakes fluffier and your buttercream smoother.

KitchenAid Whisk Attachment

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The ideal attachment for whipping cream and meringue.

4-inch Cake Pans

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A set of four baby cake pans that have a removable bottom for easy release! The sides are straight as well (hard to find with smaller cake pans), which helps you bake straighter cake layers. The perfect size for smash cakes and small servings.

6-inch Cake Pans

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The most popular size for party cakes, as three layers will serve up to 18. I recommend having at least three of these pans for baking all your layers at once.

8-inch Cake Pans

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Perfect for adding a bottom tier to your 6-inch cake, or having a slightly larger party cake. I recommend having at least three of these pans for baking all your layers at once. A three layer cake in this size serves up to 30.

24-cup Muffin Pan

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A great pan for baking two dozen cupcakes at once, which is a life saver if you’re making larger batches!

Wilton Cake Leveler

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The easiest way to get perfectly torted cake layers. There’s an easily adjustable wire to ensure that you get the right height for your layer, and it’ll slide through your cake like butter to create amazingly level layers in seconds. Beats torting with a knife any day!

Decorating Tools

13-inch Angled Spatula

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My go-to icing spatula for applying buttercream to cakes and smoothing the top.

9-inch Straight Icing Spatula

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My go-to icing spatula for making cake filling level.

6-inch Bench Scraper

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My go-to for getting ultra smooth sides on buttercream cakes. Since it’s made of stainless steel, it’s easy to heat up if you need to smooth out wrinkles and creases.

Culinary Torch

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A must for torching meringue, toasting creme bruleè, and anything that requires a bit of fire.

Wilton Turntable

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The turntable I started with in the beginning of my cake making journey, and it still holds up after eight years and counting. There’s a built-in non-slip pad to keep your cake steady, and although it’s the cheapest cake turntable you’ll find, it’s great quality.

Ateco Turntable

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The smoothest cake turntable I own, and also the prettiest. Comes with a non-slip pad to place under your cakes and made from high quality materials (cast iron and steel) in a design that’s beautiful enough to display your cakes!

Piping Tools

Disposable Piping Bags

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A pack of 100 disposable piping bags for those times you need twenty different colors of buttercream or royal icing. They fit quite a bit of buttercream at 12 inches long, and can easily be trimmed to create smaller piping bags.

Reusable Piping Bag

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The more environmentally friendly approach to piping. These reusable bags are completely washable and last for years.

Wilton Tip 4B

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My go-to piping tip for decorating cakes and cupcakes with open stars.

Wilton Tip 1M

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My go-to tip for piping rosettes and cupcake swirls.

Wilton Tip 104 (Petal Tip)

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My go-to tip for creating a huge variety of buttercream flowers that look realistic.

Wilton Tip 352 (Leaf Tip)

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My go-to tip for piping leaves to accent buttercream flowers and succulents.

Wilton Tip 3 (Tiny Round)

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The perfect sized tip for piping the centers of buttercream flowers, tiny dots, or for writing with buttercream and royal icing.

Wilton Tip 2D (rosette)

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A great tip for piping realistic rosettes on cakes and cupcakes.

Wilton Tip 1A

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A great size open circle for piping swirls on cupcakes, large dots, and borders on cakes.

Photography Tools

Looking for the perfect tools to capture your baking or other recipes? I searched high and low to find the best combo that was affordable and wouldn’t break the bank. These are the tools I use to capture all of the photos you see on my blog!

Canon T7i Body

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Switching from iPhone to a DSLR camera has grown my food photography tremendously! This is the perfect (affordable!) beginner camera with a low learning curve that takes incredible photos with ease. There’s a flip out screen with touch focus capability, and also films videos in 1080p.

This kit gives you the best bang for your buck and comes with tons of goodies: a tripod, camera bag, handheld shutter button, camera strap, memory cards, and more!

Canon 50mm Lens

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The ideal lens for food photography and portraits. I researched lenses a TON and this was the one recommended across the board. The nifty fifty.

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