Tools of the trade

1. Tools - Bulbous Cone

2. Tools - Ball Tool

3. Tools - Bone Tool

4. Tools - Cake Drums and Cake Cards

5. Tools - Cake Smoothers

6. Tools - Cell Stick

7. Tools - Comb and Scallop Tool

8. Tools - Cone Tool

9. Tools - Cutters

10. Tools - Dowelling

11. Tools - Dresden Tool

12. Tools - Dusts

13. Tools - Food Pens

14. Tools - Glaze and Lusters

15. Tools - Green Board

16. Tools - Icing Sugar Shaker

17. Tools - Paint Brushes

18. Tools - Palette Knife

19. Tools - Pastes

20. Tools - Pastry Brush

21. Tools - Plunger Cutters

22. Tools - Quilting Tool

23. Tools - Rolling Pins

24. Tools - Rulers and Side Scrapers

25. Tools - Scriber Needle

26. Tools - Serrated Knife

27. Tools - Sharp Knife

28. Tools - Turn Table

29. Tools - Wire Cutters

So, I’m going to need stuff to get going right? Yes, you will need some tools and knowing where to start is very important. In this free cake decorating course, Paul takes you through all of the commonly used tools in his kit and tells you a little about each one.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 195,000+ students.  


  1. hibiscus

    Hi Paul I am new to cake decorating and I find your classes most helpful thank you for sharing your ideas

    • Danielle

      Hi Kim!

      Thank you for getting in touch and for your lovely feedback. We are so glad you are enjoying the courses:)

      D xx

  2. PunkMom

    Is flour paste the same as gum paste? I tried googling, but I got something that has to do with distilling moonshine, which I have a feeling may be not what Paul is talking about here!

    • PunkMom

      Nevermind…I just realized he meant FLOWER paste, lol. I think it’s the cold meds – or at least that is the story I’m sticking with!

  3. jennifer mohammed

    enjoy.ed your very informative step by steps tutorial….must thank you for such wonderful and excellent work. may god bless you and reward you tremendously

    • Danielle


      Thank you for getting in touch. This lesson on the Dreseden tool, is just to demonstrate how to use this tool. However if you would like to learn how to make a cake and to decorate with icing, we have a great free tutorial available on how to make a handbag cake. The techniques learnt from this course can be applied to various different cakes. I hope this helps!
      D xx

  4. Adi L

    I initially wanted the free tips but I’m having a rethink. Very helpful,well communicated.Thanks for this

    • Danielle

      Hi Adi, Thank you for getting in touch. I am glad that this was able to help you. Kind Regards, Danielle x

    • Danielle

      Hi Bolaji, Thank you for getting in touch and for the brilliant feedback, I am very glad this tutorial was able to help you. I hope you continue to enjoy the tutorials. Kind Regards, D xx

  5. Jessielove

    Loved this! I have been so overwhelmed with what to buy when so I was happy to see this so I know exactly what my basics are! Thank you!

    • Danielle

      Hi Jessielove,
      Thank you for the awesome feedback! I am glad that you found this helpful, hopefully you will enjoy more tutorials too! Thanks D xx

  6. jeannette smith

    i learned about dowlings, what they are used for, difference between dusters ,glazes and lusters. i understand the tool box , i have alot of those things in my tool box already.

    • Danielle

      Hi Roshbabe, I am so glad you are proud of joining the team! I hope you enjoy your membership! Cheers, Danielle x

    • Danielle

      Hi Annette,
      Thank you for the lovely feedback. I am glad you found this tutorial useful! D xx

  7. NicholeClinton

    Thank you for the information. As a beginner it’s very expensive to get everything you need and good turn tables can cost. My question is…can you make your own turn table?

    • Danielle

      Hi Nichole,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Absolutely! Why not?! We got ours from Ikea for relatively cheap, so search on the web such as amazon/ebay etc and you may get it cheaper too! 🙂

      I hope this helps! Thanks, Danielle x

    • Danielle

      Thank you Paula for the lovely feedback! We are so glad you have enjoyed our tutorials:) Hopefully you will enjoy many more:)
      Danielle x

    • Danielle

      Hi Ngozinze4646, I am glad you find this tutorial helpful! You are very welcome:)

      Kind Regards,
      Danielle x

  8. Mairead

    Fantastic. I know now what tools to get. I also know how to ice a Cake board which I had not a clue how to do before. I am at the moment doing a 80th Birthday Cake and a 8″ square Birthday Cake for April so I am well happy. Just wanting to know what is better, Roll out icing or Royal Icing for a Fruit cake with no almond icing. Can anyone help?

    • Danielle

      Hi Mairead, thanks for getting in touch and I am glad to learn that you are enjoying the tutorials so far 🙂 I hope you continue to enjoy them! It is entirely up to yourself what method you use and what you are most comfortable with. I must say Royal Icing can be rather difficult to master and is often very hard when it solidifies therefore quite difficult to eat. We have lots of fondant tutorials available on our site – feel free to take a look and see which one you prefer. Otherwise, we have a fruit cake recipe available too – you can check it out here:)
      I hope this helps:) D xx

  9. CynBer96

    I can’t watch the video’s. The video’s are way to big for the page. I only see a third of the video sadly. That’s the only reason why I won’t buy a full membership once I have the money. I am on my phone. It probably will be better on a computer but the mobile website isn’t great.

    • Danielle

      Hi Cynber96. Thank you for getting in touch and I am sorry you are unable to watch the tutorials on your mobile phone. Our site has been enabled to be mobile friendly, however depending on the type of phone it may not be compatible. We are launching a fully mobile compatiable website in the next few months so watch this space! Your learning experience, will most definitely be more enjoyable! D xx

  10. Cparlour60

    Thank you Paul for the tool demo. Can’t wait to put each tool into practice now I know what they can be used for. Am loving the Lazy Susan for a large turntable idea, Ikea here I come!

    • Danielle

      Hi Cparlour60,

      Thank you for getting in touch and we are so glad that the tools tutorial came in handy for you!
      Yes hopefully Ikea have them in stock! 🙂 Enjoy Cake decorating! x