List of Cake Decorating Tools & Materials

This is a list of tools and materials that Serdar Yener uses to decorate cakes. We will be adding more tools and materials to this list over time.
Please note: Some of the items below contain affiliate links to purchase them online.

Airbrush Set Shop Online
An airbrush is one of the most essential tools a cake decorator can have. Being equipped with an airbrush opens a world of creative possibilities for your cake decorating projects.
Used for:
  • Painting
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
It is always recommended to have both a wet towel and a dry towel for just about any cake decorating project. Doing this helps re-enforce a 'Clean as you go' culture that ultimately results in cleaner artwork.
Used for:
  • Cleaning & Storing
Plastic Wrap Shop Online
This can also be called Cling wrap (UK), cling film or glad wrap (AU). In the world of cake decorating, plastic wrap can be very useful for a lot of different purposes. For example, when carving 3D cakes, it can be used to further emphasise contours by allowing indentations with an object.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Cleaning & Storing
  • Layering, Masking & Carving
Cellophane Shop Online
Available in bags, sheets or rolls, cellophane has a lot of convenient purposes. For Chef Yener, one of the most common uses for cellophane is to make piping bags.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Piping
  • Cleaning & Storing
Aluminium Foil Shop Online
Thicker is preferred.
Also spelled Aluminum, this thin metal sheet has many uses. Apart from the general purpose of storing food, Aluminium foil can also be used to make moulds for realistic chocolate rocks (for example).
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Cleaning & Storing
Set of Knives Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Cutting
  • Layering, Masking & Carving
Pizza Cutter Shop Online
Preferably large, stable and sharp.
A pizza cutter (or pizza wheel) can be used to cut shapes out of rolled fondant, pastillage or modelling chocolate.
Used for:
  • Cutting
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Cutting
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Also called an icing duster, it can be used to easily sift fine powders such as icing sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch or flour etc.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Rolling
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Used for:
  • Rolling
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Rolling
  • Baking
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Cutting
Round Nozzle Set Shop Online
Used for:
  • Piping
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Styrofoam Block Shop Online
If cutting from a larger piece, cut with a very sharp blade to prevent loose bits of styrofoam floating around. Alternatively you can use a foam cutter (very hot wire) to cut styrofoam to size.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Used for:
  • Painting
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Confectioners Varnish Shop Online
Used for:
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Almond Dragees Shop Online
Used for:
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Liquid Food Colours Shop Online
Primarily used for airbrushing.
Used for:
  • Painting
Thin Cardboard
A thin card board like the ones that make a white cake box, a post card or a business card.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Flat Tray
A strong flat tray that doesn't bend which is about 2mm or 3mm thick. Can be aluminium or plastic. Should be light in weight.
Used for:
  • Cleaning & Storing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Chef’s Blow Torch Shop Online
Offers a variety of uses including caramelizing sugars, browning meringue or creme brule. Serdar mainly uses it for Isomalt work.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Baking
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Microwave Oven Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Skewers Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Latex Disposable Gloves Shop Online
Disposable food safe thin latex gloves.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Cleaning & Storing
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Used for:
  • Painting
Chocolate Melting Pot Shop Online
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Icing Spatula Set Shop Online
Used for:
  • Layering, Masking & Carving
Needle or Pin
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Rolling
  • Cutting
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Craft Knife Shop Online
Used for:
  • Cutting
Kitchen Thermometer Shop Online
Used for:
  • Baking
  • Measuring & Constructing
Box Cutter Shop Online
Used for:
  • Cutting
Chocolate Egg Mold Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Cooling Rack Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Baking
Water Spray Bottle
Used for:
  • Painting
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Disposable Pastry Bags Shop Online
Used for:
  • Piping
Vinyl Tubing Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Disposable Pie Pans Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Baking
Sticky Tape Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Rubber Bands
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Baking Paper Shop Online
Used for:
  • Baking
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Used for:
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Measuring Tape Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Flexible Scraper Shop Online
Used for:
  • Baking
  • Layering, Masking & Carving
Stainless Steel Scraper Shop Online
Used for:
  • Baking
  • Cleaning & Storing
Set of Scrapers
Used for:
  • Baking
Threaded Rod (8mm) Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Hexagonal Nut (8mm) Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Milk Board Circles Shop Online
Very thin cardboard that is poly coated on both sides.
Used for:
  • Cleaning & Storing
  • Layering, Masking & Carving
Cold Spray Shop Online
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Used for:
  • Painting
Set of Pliers Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Round Cutter Set Shop Online
Used for:
  • Cutting
Aluminium Wire Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
A4 Paper
Used for:
  • Planning
Ribbed Rolling Pin Shop Online
Used for:
  • Rolling
Screws Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Arc Welding Kit Shop Online
Optional depending on whether you are building the internal construction yourself. Here’s some helpful video’s if you want to weld the construction yourself.
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Set of Cutlery
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Long Tweezers Shop Online
Long tweezers are recommended to use when joining small sugar parts.
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
A4 Plastic Sleeves Shop Online
Also known as sheet protectors. Very useful for piping.
Used for:
  • Piping
Basic Stationary
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Used for:
  • Planning
Corrugated Cardboard
Great for placing sugar items to dry. Easy to move around.
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Lollipop Sticks Shop Online
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Drill Set Shop Online
A power drill along with a set of drill bits and screwdriving bits. Preferably cordless.
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Hacksaw Shop Online
Used to cut threaded rod.
Used for:
  • Cutting
Jigsaw Shop Online
Used to cut wood in different shapes.
Used for:
  • Cutting
Bar Clamp Shop Online
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Steel Sharpening Rod Shop Online
Used to find the centre of the cake through the base/board.
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Wrench Set Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Adjustable Wrench Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Safety Glasses Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Particulate Respirator Shop Online
Used to protect lungs from sawdust and other hazardous particles.
Used for:
  • Cutting
  • Measuring & Constructing
PVC Pipe Shop Online
Often used to create pillars between cake tiers. Can also be used within the cake to provide extra internal support. Serdar often uses a PVC pipe to roll fondant.
Used for:
  • Rolling
  • Measuring & Constructing
Sandpaper Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Large Straws Shop Online
Usually for thick drinks like shakes and smoothies.
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Double Sided Tape Shop Online
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Threaded Rod (10mm) Shop Online
Threaded rod with 10mm diametre (also known as M10).
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Hexagonal Nut (10mm) Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Washer (10mm) Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Spray Adhesive Shop Online
Used for:
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
Perfection Strips Shop Online
Used to roll dough (fondant, pastillage etc.) to an even thickness.
Used for:
  • Rolling
Threaded Rod (6mm) Shop Online
Threaded rod that is 6mm in diametre. Measurement can also be referred to as M6.
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Hexagonal Nut (6mm) Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Washer (6mm) Shop Online
Used for:
  • Measuring & Constructing
Edible Pearl Dust Shop Online
Used for:
  • Painting
Straws
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Spade Bit Set Shop Online
Used to drill larger holes through wood.
Used for:
  • Cutting
  • Measuring & Constructing
Long Ruler Shop Online
Used for:
  • Cutting
  • Measuring & Constructing
Serrated Tracing Wheel Shop Online
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Plastic Corner Strip
Used to protect the corner of a wall. After being modified to have a sharp end, this is one of Serdar's favourite tools.
Used for:
  • Modelling & Moulding
Cotton Buds
Used for:
  • Painting
  • Cleaning & Storing
  • Gluing, Joining & Holding
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Edible Gold Leaf Transfers (24k) Shop Online
Edible gold leaf transfers are super thing sheets of real gold that can be used to cover a cake. Here's a video on how gold leaf transfers are made.
Used for:
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Multicolor LED Submersible Light Shop Online
Great to add an extra wow effect to your cakes, this light can be placed underwater and controlled with a remote control.
Used for:
  • Accessorising & Enhancing
Empty Bowl
An empty bowl can be used to do many things like accumulate off-cuts of cake etc.
Used for:
  • Painting
  • Modelling & Moulding
  • Baking
  • Cleaning & Storing
  • Layering, Masking & Carving
File Dividers
Used to cut templates.
Used for:
  • Cutting
  • Measuring & Constructing
  • Planning