Fondant Tools vs. Buttercream Tools for Cake Decorating

Learn about the different tools you need with fondant or with buttercream from pastry chef Amanda Oakleaf in this Howcast cake decorating video.

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake decorating. So, when decorating a cake, there’s two sets of tools. One for butter cream and one for fondant. Butter cream tools are used to shape the butter cream and push it around, move it around, squeeze it out. This is an offset spreader. That’ll help you spread around the butter cream in small detail, scoop up roses and put them on a cake. This is a piping bag. If you’re filling it, you want to turn it inside out and that way, you can hold it with one hand, use the other hand to scoop the frosting, put it inside. If you want to use the tips, you can easily change them out if you put in a coupler first. That’s a plastic, threaded piece and that goes in the inside and your tip fits right over that, then your screw holds it in place. Then you can go ahead, fill it up with whatever color, fold it inside out, fill it with whatever color and you’re ready to go. We also have a tool, it’s called the comb, and when you butter cream a cake, if you want to add some texture to the sides, some ridges, this one comes with three different edges and you can add some texture to your cake that way. If you’re working with fondant, if you cover a cake, you can use a fondant smoother that uses pressure on to the cake. That way, you don’t get the finger marks on the side. This is a nice, smooth edge and a nice, perpendicular to the bottom of the cake, the base of the cake. If you’re making decorations, rolling out fondant for sugar flowers and small details, you can use the small roller and that would get a really thin sheet of fondant for you. To cut the edges, you can cut ribbon, you can cut right around the base of the cake after you fondant it. There’s also a double wheel, one to cut a straight edge one to cut a roughly edge. And then we have a whole set of tools, this is one, for example, for fondant sculpting and molding. You can add indents, lines. This one has a thread of texture. You can add maybe hair on a figurine or just some texture on a leaf or something. So, when you’re working with cake, just keep the tools separate, butter cream and fondant.