Cake decorating tools

The best cake decorating tools you'll need to make professional looking cakes and cupcakes. All these tools are used by cupcake decorating queen Victoria Threader and she highly recommends every single one...

Elephant cupcakes
(Image credit: Future)

The best cake decorating tools you'll need to make professional looking cakes and cupcakes. All these tools are used by cupcake decorating queen Victoria Threader and she highly recommends every single one...

The best cake decorating tools you'll need to make professional looking cakes and cupcakes. All these tools are used by cupcake decorating queen Victoria Threader and she highly recommends every single one...

From piping bags and nozzles to water pens, from textured mats to soft brushes, click through to see all of our favourite cake decorationg tools...

Piping bag and nozzles

How to make bow cupcake decorations

Turn your cupcakes into professional masterpieces with a piping bag and nozzle. You can buy a whole variety of nozzles for your piping bags online or in bakeware stores.

Star-shaped nozzles will create the ruffled look, a plain circle will give you a clean finish and you can make buttercream roses with different nozzles too.

Learn how to pipe buttercream

Water pen

Loom band cupcakes

Stick fondant onto fondant or modelling paste onto modelling paste with the swipe of a water pen. These pens are really handy and easy to use, making sure you don't put too much water on your fondant or make it sticky.

Make your own loom band cupcakes


Bucket and spade cupcakes

Moulds are great for adding interesting shapes and patterns to your cupcakes or cakes. You can buy a whole variety of moulds including simple flowers all the way up to starfish and shell moulds like this one.

Sharp knife

Umbrella cupcakes

Where would you be without your sharp knife? You can get clean cuts every time with a sharp knife, just make sure you clean it every time you use it so you don't mix coloured fondants together and to keep it sharp.

Birdcage cupcakes

Cookie cutters aren't just for cookies you know! Use them to make the base of your cupcake toppers. You can use soft edged cookies or ruffled edges.

Drying sponge

Bride and groom cupcakes

A drying sponge is the perfect extra to have to make your fondant toppers dry that little bit quicker. It'll stop them from sticking on your mat and they'll dry evenly without any bumps or lumps.

Learn how to make these bride and groom cupcakes

Textured mats

Owl cupcakes

Give your cake some texture with a textured mat. You can buy them in most bakeware stores or online. Just pop the textured mat over the top of your fondant and roll gently with the rolling pin.

Edible ink pens

campervan cupcakes

Edible ink pens are a great way of making your designs stand out and give them that professional edge.

Make your own campervan cupcakes

Craft knife

Tropical island cupcakes

A craft knife is sharp so please be careful when you use it. The thin traingluar blade will cut crisp clean edges every time.

Cocktail stick

How to make button cupcake decorations

Cocktail sticks are handy extras to have on the table when it comes to decorating your cake. Victoria Threader uses them here to make button holes but you can use them to make other effects too.

Watch how to make your own button cake decorations

Ribbon cutter

Bumble bee cupcakes

Get perfect straight lines every time and add the same width too. This easy to use tool is ideal if you're looking for a professional finish. Roll over your fondant or modelling paste and you've got perfect strips.

Scallop tool

Elephant cupcakes

(Image credit: Future)

Victoria Threader uses her scallop tool to shape smiles into the fondant like she has done with the elephants. The scallop tool can also be used to make eyebrows, ears or frowns too!

Learn how to make your own elephant cupcakes

Palette knife

How to make button cupcake decorations

Get an even spread of buttercream each time you decorate with a palette knife. This soft, rounded knife is ideal for spreading over frosting on a large or small cake, quick and as evenly as possible.

Rolling pin

Zebra cupcakes

Roll out fondant in one movement with a handy rolling pin. It's better to use a plastic rolling pin when it comes to rolling out fondant or modelling paste as it won't stick as much. You can now buy rolling pins with bands around the edges of each side to make sure you get an even thickness.

Balling tool

Cupcake towers

The balling tool is a must-have if you're planning on making roses. Gently roll over your sugarpaste to flatten and thin the paste.

Learn how to make your own rose cake decorations


Apple and raisin cupcakes

Measuring is key to making professional-looking decorations for your cakes. Have one on hand when it comes to cutting pieces of fondant the small size or length.

Plunger cutters

Despicable Me-inspired minion cupcakes

If you're looking for smaller circles, we recommend plunger cutters. You can buy them in packs with a whole variety of sizes.


Football cupcakes

You can make templates out of tracing paper, greaseproof paper or standard writing paper. Cut them out using scissors or a sharp knife and place over your fondant. Cut around the template and you've got yourself a perfect shape!

You could also use your template for different patterns - try a snowflake template and dust with icing sugar to create a pattern on your cake.

Soft brush

Boy cake topper

A soft brush will come in handy, especially if you're creating a 3D model like this little fellow. Victoria Threader uses her soft brush to add blushing cheeks to make this fondant topper look realistic.

Learn how make your own 3D boy cake decoration

Flower cutters

Clown cupcakes

You can buy a whole variety of flower cutters in most bakeware shops or online these days to help make pretty flower decorations.

Cutting mat

Bride and groom cupcakes

A cutting mat is made with a plastic, silicone material so your fondant shouldn't stick to it. It also has ruler lines for measuring and cutting precisely.

Alphabet cutters

Fondant name blocks

Tell someone how much you care with these simple alphabet cutters. They're really easy to use and will make sure you have crisp lettering each time you use them.

Victoria Threader used these alphabet cutters to make name blocks.

Food colouring paste

Baby's 1st birthday cupcakes

Colour white fondant with food colouring paste - it's much thicker than standard food colouring and doesn't leave your fondant sticky and moist.

Modelling paste

Teddybear cupcakes

If you're planning on making a 3D cake toppers or something a little more advanced, we'd opt for modelling paste over fondant. It's much easier to work with and gives a professional finish every time.

Foamed balls

Football cupcakes

These foamed balls help make 3d domes by letting your fondant dry on top while you get on with making other bits and bobs for your cake.

Victoria Threader uses these foamed balls to make football cupcakes.

Where to next?

Cake decorations by Victoria Threader

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies