My Favorite Cake Tools

After countless requests here is a list of all my favorite cake and sculpting tools that I use on a daily basis and best of all I have taken the time to provide the links ( the links I provided are many different sources but I wanted to give you the link to places that have the best prices) to find them online because I know how tough it can be to find the best tools online. When just getting started most do not know which tools are important, it can be quite overwhelming so this is a great guide to get you started on your way!!!


The ones marked with 4 stars are from and they will give you a 10% discount because I have set this up to help you out because I know that it can be very expensive when just getting started in cake decorating and sugar sculpting.

Make sure to add the coupon code sugarlane into the coupon box before you checkout and the 10% will be taken off your total. 

wmodeling tools White Modelling Tool set

I love, love this mini set of modeling tools this is the set I use to create my figurines. There are many different sets on the market and I probably have most of them but this is the one that fits in my hands best.

KEMPER Sugarpaste Pattern Cutter, 5 piece Circle Set. Size of Cutters: 5/16"3/4"Miniature Kemper Cutters

Many have asked where to purchase smaller sized cutters, these are the ones that I use…they are great for accents on figurines as well as cupcakes too.  

Digital Pocket Mini Scale 500g x 0.1gram


Pocket Sized Digital Scales — I use a Digital Scale for measuring out the sugar paste when creating my figurines, this is the simplest way I have found to figure out how much paste to use when making the different parts of a head, body and so on! If you do not create figurines then you really don’t need a scale but for those who do this is a great tool to and makes the measuring aspect much easier.





clay gunn Sugarcraft Gun Klay Press

 You can find it about half way down the page on your left side. Other places online have it but they are charging $49.95. This is clay gun I use to create hair on my figurines

 small ball tool Small Metal Ball Tool

I love this small-sized ball tool, I use it for creating eyes on my figurines and other uses.

med ball toolMedium Ball Tool

This is a must have for working with Gumpaste flowers and I have found that the medium size is perfect for most flowers.

myrubbertiptoolsRubber Tip Tools – Clay Shapers

Here is the direct link as some have had issues with the link to the clay shapers page……

These are the rubber tipped tools I use when creating my figurines, these are must have tools when doing any kind of sugar sculpting!!! FYI….The best size for sculpting is the size 0…..I use the Taper X-firm size 0



wilton tool setWilton Modeling Tools   ****

If you have a Michaels Craft store near you they are cheaper there than the prices online, I paid $19.99. This is a great tool set to have for cake decorating as well as making gumpaste flowers.




needlescribertoolNeedle/Scriber Tool Priced from

I use this when making different things for my figurines



Wilton Stitching Fondant Tool

This is one of my favorite tools that I use to create stitching on shoes and purses as well as many other things for cake decorating!




Green Work Board –   

This is a hard work board that is great to use when making figurines and gumpaste flowers 


Makins Clay Extruders and the Larger Kemper Clay Extruder- Are perfect for making hair on your figurines, as well as borders for your cake projects. The Larger Kemper Extruder is perfect for those large cake projects when you need large amounts of fondant and or gumpaste extruded into a particular shape. (Even though these tools are made for clay work, you can use them in cake decorating as long as you never use them with clay and only for use with fondant or gumpaste)


Bead Cutter– They have several different sizes avail.

The bead cutter will make a string of perfectly shaped 9mm round beads that will perfectly finish off the joint between stacked cakes. This is a great asset for any Cake Decorator or Wedding Cake Designer. FMM provides instructions with all their bead cutters to assist you in making the perfect designed cake.




straight frill cutters Frill Cutters–   ****

This set of four 10″ long cutters lets you cut an endless line of a decorative border in fondant or gumpaste for your cake decorating project. This set of cutters is made by FMM in England. I have used this to make blankets on my Gumpaste beds.

tylosepowder Tylose powder  ****

This is the product that I use to add to my fondant to create a quick gumpaste, it allows your pieces to dry harder and also helps in areas that have high humidity. Use 1 -3 tsp per pound of fondant and mix well!


easy rose cutter Easy Rose Cutter– ****

The 80mm Jem Easy Rose Cutter includes one cutter that makes a flower with a five petal grouping. They are used to make the Rose flower for use in floral bouquets using gumpaste, fondant or chocolate.

They make a rose flower that is approximately 3″. The plastic cutters have an easy grip on the back with a hole in the middle to poke the gumpaste out if it becomes stuck in the cutter. This set of cutters also comes with a set of instructions provided by JEM.To make the best looking flower from this cutter first make a cone-shaped piece of fresh gumpaste and make a small hook on one end of the wire insert and let dry. The cutter has a marking on the petal 1A to show the best size to use. Cut 2 to 3 pieces and thin the edge using a ball tool on a foam pad. Poke a small hole in the center and bring the gumpaste flower up to the bottom of the form, glue it in place. Attach each piece with the leading edge overlapping the next petal. Add a second or third set of petals and shape as needed.  


 mini cutters

Ateco Mini Cutter Set– 

Mini set of shapes, I use these all the time with the gumpaste shapes I make and they are also great for cakes as well. When making figurines and cake toppers you will find miniature cutters are a must have in your cake decorating tool box!



Fleshtone Gel Paste Coloring -Great for coloring gum paste and fondant for making figurines, I use the Copper fleshtone color for all of my figurines.



 atecocuttersMisc Ateco Cutter in sets– 

Available in square, heart, oval, diamond,rectangle and many others. These are the sets that I use on a regular basis. I think the set is worth the money instead of buying all the different shapes individually.




ssteelshakerStainless Steal Shaker–   ****

This is the SS shaker I keep powder sugar in, I like it because it is smaller than most that are available on the market




goldlustersprayEdible Luster Gold Spray–  ****

Gold – Edible Lustre Spray…. Create stunning Lustre effects with this easy to use Lustre Spray Colour. Add a wonderful new dimension of styling and elegance to your Celebration Cakes, Chocolates, Cup Cakes, Cookies and Desserts. Use this Lustre Spray color to Highlight, Enhance and Decorate a wide range of decorative materials including: Sugarpaste, Chocolate, Buttercream, Almond Paste, Flower Paste & Gum Paste. They have several other colors available as well. I like using this spray for small jobs. 



yhst-21459497004217_2035_32543247  Sugar Paste Size Guide

I use this for measuring the size of sugar paste that is needed for certain projects.






gumpaste flower kit

Wilton Flower Cutter set…  **** This is a great starter cutter set for those who are just getting started working with Gumpaste flowers and the kit that I got started with, the kit comes with a book that gives you instructions on how to use the cutters asn such.

wilton gumpaste rose cutter set

Wiltons Rose Cutter Set **** This set is a great rose starter set and one I started with in the beginning. the great thing is that you can use these cutters for many others uses as well.


Wilton Floral Plunger Set-

Quickly and easily cuts and positions fondant or gum paste flowers on cakes. Includes ejector, 5 cutters. I use this particular plunger set for many different things and I love it!





rollingpinWilton 9 X 1 Rolling Pin  ****

I use this for my small gumpaste projects. They also have the larger rolling-pin which is what I use for rolling out fondant for my cakes.  




RoundedEdgesRoundDummieCake Dummies – Various Prices depending on this sizes

This is where I purchase my dummies, they are the cheapest place online to buy from, and a great place to deal with. I would never buy my dummies from any other site!



wilton wide glide rollin pinWilton Wide Glide Rolling Pin (large)  ****

I use this roller for rolling out fondant for my cakes





Americolor Edible Food Writing Markers

 Americolor Food Marker Writers- 10 Color Pack  These are the Edible Markers that I use on my Figurines, cakes and cookies……these are the best because they are nice and pointed. I do not refrigerate mine like it says to because it just dries them out fast. I have never had an edible marker dry out since I quit storing them in the fridge. These are the BEST!!!


ediblemarkersWilton Edible Markers

Edible Markers for use in cake decorating……..I do not refrigerate mine like it says to because it just dries them out fast. I have never had an edible marker dry out since I quit storing them in the fridge, we don’t store out food colorings in the fridge why should the markers be any different they are just food coloring.




small offset spatulaWilton Offset Spatula –

This is my favorite offset spatula to use on my buttercream cakes.




bench scraper Bench Scraper

I use this to smooth the sides of my cakes.






impressionmats Small Impression Mats

Here are various impression mats that I use on my cakes and they are also great to create designs on your fondant covered cake boards too.





silicone matSilicone Rolling Mat  –  (36 ” x 24″) ****

This is the non-stick silicone mat made by Ateco that I use to roll out fondant for my cakes. Watch when cutting your fondant that you do not cut the mat as I have done this and had to buy another one.







mat work surfaceSmaller Silicone Mat –  (10 X 15) ****

This is the smaller silicone mat that I use when working on my figurines and small fondant projects. This one can also be used as a baking mat for cookies!







  5 pc Blossom Cutters – Miniature Sized great for accenting your figurines.

These are the little blossom cutters that I use for everything, on cakes and on my cake toppers, they are even great to put on cookies and cupcakes





tulipcutterTulip Cutter/Silicone Veiner –

Blossom Cutter Set

Dogwood Flower Set

Hydrangea Blossom Set

The links listed above are some of the veiner/cutter sets that I use to create gumpaste flowers, they are the best and I love having the cutters and the veiner,



Fondant Smoothers    ****

I use the regular plastic kind as well as the stainless steel type, just depends on the cake I am doing.

395405Stainless Steel -The is the stainless steel version of fondant smoothers



fondant smootherRegular Fondant Smoothers – This is the rounded ended fondant smoother



fondant smoothersquare Square Fondant Smoother – This fondant smoother has squared ends





 Play Doh Cutters and tools are another great way to get started working with fondant, they are very inexpensive and can be found in most toy depts as well as most drug stores in the toy aisle.


americolorsAmericolor Food Coloring  ****

This is the food coloring that I use for my fondant and gumpaste, I purchased the 12 pk, I have used it for over a yr now and I still have plenty left they go along way.




satin ice fondant  Satin Ice Fondant – Prices- depends on the size you purchase ( always has the best ready-made fondant  prices online)

This is a commercial fondant that is ready made, I use it on my cakes and such.

bakels pettince fondantBakels Pettitince Fondant ****

 is a ready made commercial fondant that is the best tasting fondant on the market, but is a bit pricey, I do use this on  my cakes, but at times still purchase the Satin Ice as well.





wilton fondant

Wilton ready made Fondant ****  this is the fondant that I use to create my figurines, I would never use Wilton fondant to cover my cakes because it tastes soo horrible but it great for making different objects that will not be eaten!


43 Responses to “My Favorite Cake Tools”

  1. Tim March 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    I stumbled into your web page, great page !!!! When my wife Lori and I took all the Wilton classes at our local Michael’s store we got coupons from the paper and the internet and got 50% off a lot of our things we bought. So when we needed somethings for class we were buying two of some of them. It made it a lot cheaper for us. Basiclly it was a buy one get one free feeling. Anyway we did the classes to have fun together, boy was there a lot of cake in our house at that time! (early stages of the fake cake forms wish I had tried them) Anyway A.C. Moore also has coupons and they both take each others coupons just to get your money. I see a lot of cool things here that we will need to add to our collection of tools. Right now we only do cakes for family and close friends, so thanks for this tool list

  2. ujjval November 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Thank u so much for ur valuable info, I’m begginner n this info is very useful for me

  3. Rickson May 20, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    This is great! I found a similar Wilton flower cutter set ( i couldnt find yours), but it says its for gumpaste. I’m buying it as a gify for a friend and I know she works in fondant, not sure if she uses gumpaste. Will this set work for fondant? Thanks.

    • The Sugar Lane June 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      Hello to you Rickson….

      Yes, anything that can be used for fondant can also be to work with gum paste….Gumpaste is nothing more than a product with an extra ingredient called a gum ingredient, which is a thickening agent added to it…so you should be just fine with that cutter set!

  4. Sandie April 29, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Sugar can I also have ur price list I’m new to starting cake I have a home based bakery do cookies cake pops and cupcakes but have been asked to do cakes but have no idea what to charge I’ve read so many things u have said but am still not sure love ur site just found it.Is ur book out yet? I really want it

  5. Sandie April 29, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Sugar, I just bought fonderific fondant I heard it was great tasting and. Great to use is the one ur talking about better?

  6. Denise August 26, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I am South African and would like to know how I can make edible lace without Sugar veil?
    Thank you
    (devout follower)

  7. kaizeen April 2, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    this is a really nice site and thank you so much to share your recipe’s with everyone and answer to the questions.
    I saw your list of tools. i happen to have the white modeling tool set. But I’m not sure what each tool is used for.
    can you please tell me or give me a site from which i can learn.
    thank you very much.

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Kaizeen I plan to do a youtube to show what these modeling tools are good for.

      • kaizeen September 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

        Please let us know when you do the youtube videos. 🙂

  8. Nancy January 27, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Great stuff! Thanks for all the links. A real time saver!

  9. Rocio October 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I am a mom with very basic knowledge of baking, but I’d like to decorate my son’s cakes for their birthdays or cupcakes for other occasions. A friend of mine just made some wonderful decorations for my youngest son’s 1st birthday, and that’s how I was introduced to fondant and gumpaste decorations.
    Your cakes are awesome! I’m speechless at the level of detail and perfection in all your pictures! I wish some day I can achieve something similar!
    I am planning on making my oldest son’s birthday cake with the Go Diego, Go theme, and I was looking for palm trees/jungle animals molds. Do you have any idea where can I get those? I’ve googled it but I haven’t been successful.
    Thank you so much, for the info and for your web page!

    • The Sugar Lane November 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm #


      Rocio……..Sorry I am just getting to your questions, I do try to get to them as soon as I can but for some reason your comment did not go to the correct area and I am just finding it in my spam area…..But I will answer anyways just in case you or others are looking for the same answer to your question. Let me say thanks to you for your kind comments on my work I truly appreciate it very much!!

      Alot of times I use candy molds for different objects that I want to put on a cake, since it is sometimes difficult to always find just the right mold for something. So try looking at different candy molds that have the theme that you are wanting to create and see if you can locate what you want that way. I know that I have seen the palm trees in a candy mold before.

      To use the candy molds with fondant just add a small amount of powder sugar to the mold and push the fondant into the cavity, them flip mold over and hit on your table to loosen it, hopefully it will come right out, if not try placing the mold into the freezer for 10 minutes and this will harden the fondant just enough to allow you to get it out of the mold.

      I hope this gives you some ideas in the future for your cakes, I know that one day you will be well on your way to creating some beautiful creations, it just takes some practice!! All my best Rocio!!

  10. Vicki September 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    Im hoping you can maybe help me out (well my Mum actually). Mum has no internet access, so said i would post this on her behalf.
    Mum makes beautiful cakes for friends birthdays etc and she has been asked to do my friends wedding cake. She has bought the Jem Bubble & Frieze scroll cutter, which is perfect for the job, but after practising for a while now but each time the sugarpaste sticks in the cutter and she cant get it out. She has tried cornflour which is what she has used on other cuttters in the past but its not working. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    This is the link to the cutters Im talking about. Its the scroll one.

    Many thanks


    • The Sugar Lane October 20, 2011 at 3:47 am #

      Hello Vicki…..

      To take care of the issue of the sugarpaste sticking to the cutter, what your Mum can do is to do as she normally does and then place the cutter with the sugarpaste still attached into the freezer, this will allow the sugarpaste to setup and harden a bit so it will come out of the cutter much easier. I would allow it to sit in the freezer for about 10 mins and check to see if the sugarpaste will come out of the cutter if not place it back into the freezer for an additional 10 mins.

  11. Cassie Stinson July 24, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Could you possibly send me your pricing list as well? Like so many of your other fans on here, I am trying to start a lil business, and also am not sure what to charge. Thank you.

  12. Candice Matthew June 6, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    You give good basic items list, a lot I have some I never thought of thanks.

  13. Liz April 6, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Donna –

    The White Modelling Tool set…where can this be purchased? I’ve clicked on what I thought was the link but it appears to go back to your web site. I’m just starting out and trying get an idea of how much tools will cost me in the beginning.

    Thanks for your time!

    • The Sugar Lane April 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm #


      I’m very sorry about that link issue thanks sooo much for letting me know! The link is go down the page towards the middle it will be under modeling tools they are towards the left side of the page. They are called Modelling Tools set of 12 Perfect for Modelling Minature flowers & dolls
      #TPMT $9.50

      They are the perfect size for doing any kind of fondant/gumpaste work!!

  14. Jovita Lewis April 2, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Your cakes are all beautiful. I am just getting started…with cakes I hope. Had back surgery after 6 years of being in pain, I am really hoping that I will be able to do this. I have already purchased most of what you have and the extra tips and links you have given are great. Right now I am just having fun with decorating for family. I’ve got 4 more months of recovery to go. I did do all the flowers for my Mom’s 80th birthday party. Just simple ones. We had a cake on every table. About 3 months later I made Roses and Daisy’s on a double layered petal cake and put small to medium size rolled fondant, dime size was the biggest, to look like a rock garden. She loved it, said for my first wasn’t bad considering I’m not suppose to lean over. Great site. Thanks for the info. Good luck Jovita

    • The Sugar Lane April 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm #


      Thanks soo much for such kind words my friend! I pray that your recovery goes perfect, I truly understand where you come from….I too have suffered for several yrs from horrible back pain as well as a failed back surgery and to end up now needing additional surgery….please take it easy and don’t over do it with your cakes, I know it is soo tempting to just go crazy since cake decorating is addicting once you get started. Make sure you have given your back the needed time to heal properly is most important!!!!!

      I am soo excited for you…..sounds like you did a very good job on your moms cake, that is how it all starts jovita one cake at a time and with each one you get more and more practice, take your time as you go and you will do very well my friend!

      I wish you alll my best!

  15. Da-Silva Philip January 31, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    pls i need to know procedures for fundant

  16. Gilda Payne October 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Hello everyone, I am new to this site as of today (10-25-2010) but I also would like to know how you do your pricings; As of now I charge .60 for plain white and yellow mini cupcakes up to $1.49 for decorated ones; my standards start at $1.29 for plain up to $1.49 for my area; I will be selling cakes starting in 2011, due to wanting to get more decorating classes behind me but I will be interested in cakes prices especially wedding cakes as that is where I am going me so all cake prices are of interest to me. Thank You for your help

  17. Madeline Corso August 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    I am a new mom and want to make my son’s Elmo cake myself. I am new to fondant……never made one, but I am seriously considering this as a hobby and maybe as income once I learn more. I am overseas now and have no job. Please tell me what I can charge for a 7″cake and for a 10″ cake. This is the only work I can do here because I am in Japan. Thanks so much for your help!

    • The Sugar Lane September 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

      Hello Madeline

      First let me congratulate you on being a new mom….There is nothing better than having a child, what a gift from God!!
      It is very tough for me to tell you exactly what you could charge for your cakes, but to help as best as I can what I did what
      call around to cake shops and other home bakers to see what they are charging….act as if your inquiring about one of their cakes
      to get an idea and then try to make your prices comparable to them…never under cut their prices. Once you gain some experience
      then you can adjust your prices a bit since you can do other things you could not do in the beginning! I wish you the very best my
      friend and hope that all works out for you!

  18. Megan August 17, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Which extruder do you like the best…the red and black Sugarcraft Klay Press or the green Makins Clay Extruder?

    Thanks in advance!

  19. Christine August 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I have been self teaching myself in cake decorating as well and was wondering how i could shop for the things i need without always having to spend so much. I love baking and creating so many different things, and like learning new things too. Also how can i maybe advertise my cakes so that i can more people be able to see all my wonderful cakes and even get more customers. I appreciate anything you can suggest,and thank you!!!


    • Pasteles January 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

      Hi, I would suggest online advertising like or any other site that lets you post ads for free. Business cards, Family, Friends and co-workers=word of mouth. You can do flyers too. Cheaper items are not always best. This is a very expensive business, hence the cost of purchasing a cake. Some of our customers do not understand the true cost of making cakes but we try to educate them on the cost of our ingredients plus the time we put into our cakes especially the special order cakes. If your going to make it a career, spend the quality money now. If your a hobbyist, you can get away with lesser quality tools.

  20. לינדה March 18, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    אשמח לקבל עידכונים לגבי הדרכות במייל.

  21. Lori February 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    What chalk are you talking about that is edible?

    • The Sugar Lane February 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

      Everyday chalk but I only use the ones that say non-toxic

  22. Erin January 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    If it’s not to much to ask, could you forward your pricings to me as well?

    I’ve been making cakes for fun, but now people are asking to buy them and I have no idea what’s reasonable and what’s too much.

  23. Silvia January 4, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    Hello, Donna

    l also would love the info on how much to charge, l already make cakes for friends, but never charged them, but now l want to expend and l am very confusing about how much to charge.



  24. Theresa November 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Hello, Donna!
    I have been self-teaching myself in cake decorating with sugarpaste and gum paste since a month ago. I would like to make this into a little home biz, if possible… something that I am work from home while my 2 little girls are in school.
    Do you have any ideas how much to charge? I have a hard time figuring-out. I can do the food cost, but the time…. making all these figures aren’t easy and quite time-consuming. I am thinking of starting at $30 for a simple 7″ cake covered in buttercream and sugarpaste. Is it reasonable? or too expansive?
    Sorry. I have no one to ask about this. Being in the cake biz is still new to me.
    If possible, please give me some advises.
    Thank you!

    • The Sugar Lane November 22, 2009 at 8:05 am #

      I will email you directly Theresa

      • colleen June 28, 2010 at 10:41 am #

        may i have this as well ? i have started making cakes and bringing them to work, and so many people started asking how much i charge to get the clients. its hard when theyre all used to going to costco.

        (im new to ohio, about a year, came from tucson arizona)

  25. Linda Day August 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    Do you have a tutorial on how to make gum paste iris flowers?Thanks;Linda
    PS Love the idea of chalk for coloring. Didn’t know you can use it!

    • The Sugar Lane August 24, 2009 at 6:47 am #

      No I’m sorry I do not have a tutorial showing how to make an Iris Flower at this time!

  26. Karen July 27, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    I am looking for a friend who is getting married in Oct. 2009. Looking for someone to create a cake topper consisting of an apple tree with her groom hanging upside down and her sitting under the tree reading a book. Can you
    make something like this. Where are you located?

    • Linda Day August 12, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

      What State are you in? I create Specialty Wedding Cakes in Arkansas. They start at $150.00 and go up from there.

    • The Sugar Lane August 24, 2009 at 6:48 am #

      I only do my toppers at this time locally…I am in Ohio

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