Fondant Tools vs. Buttercream Tools | Cake Decorations

Fondant Tools vs. Buttercream Tools | Cake Decorations


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.

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