Cake Decorating - Tools

Cake Decorating - Tools

Cake Decorating - How to Choose a Professional Cake Pan

Cake Decorating - How to Choose a Professional Cake Pan

Cake Decorating - How to Prepare Your Cake Pan for Baking

Cake Decorating - How to Prepare Your Cake Pan for Baking

Cake Decorating - Three Ways to Get a Level Cake

Cake Decorating - Three Ways to Get a Level Cake

Cake Decorating - How to Make Sure Your Cake is Done

Cake Decorating - How to Make Sure Your Cake is Done

Cake Decorating - How to Level, Tort, and Fill Your Cake

Cake Decorating - How to Level, Tort, and Fill Your Cake

Cake Decorating - How to Crumb Coat

Cake Decorating - How to Crumb Coat

Cake Decorating - How to Put Icing on

Cake Decorating - How to Put Icing on

Cake Decorating - A Secret to Smoothing Icing

Cake Decorating - A Secret to Smoothing Icing

Cake Decorating - Making a Decorating Cone with Parchment Paper

Cake Decorating - Making a Decorating Cone with Parchment Paper

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Cake Decorating - The Star Technique

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Cake Decorating - Writing

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Cake Decorating - Part Two

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Cake Decorating - Writing

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Cake Decorating - The Star Technique

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Cake Decorating - Making a Decorating Cone with Parchment Paper

Cake Decorating - A Secret to Smoothing Icing

Cake Decorating - A Secret to Smoothing Icing

Cake Decorating - How to Put Icing on

Cake Decorating - How to Put Icing on

Cake Decorating - How to Crumb Coat

Cake Decorating - How to Crumb Coat

Cake Decorating - How to Level, Tort, and Fill Your Cake

Cake Decorating - How to Level, Tort, and Fill Your Cake

Cake Decorating - How to Make Sure Your Cake is Done

Cake Decorating - How to Make Sure Your Cake is Done

Cake Decorating - Three Ways to Get a Level Cake

Cake Decorating - Three Ways to Get a Level Cake

Cake Decorating - How to Prepare Your Cake Pan for Baking

Cake Decorating - How to Prepare Your Cake Pan for Baking

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Cake Decorating - How to Choose a Professional Cake Pan

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Sandy Sheppard

Confectioner's Art

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Sandy Sheppard, an award winning Master Cake Designer, and owner of Confectioner's Art, has over 25 years experience and has been published in Who's Who.”

Cake Decorating - Tools

Master cake decorator Sandy Sheppard discusses the tools you will need to start decorating cakes.

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Sandy Sheppard: Hi everybody. My name is Sandy Sheppard. I am a master cake decorator, I have been in business now for many years on my own, but I have been decorating over 25 years and I am here today to show you to begin with a few basic tools for starting working in the field of cake decorating. Some of them you are going to be very familiar with, hopefully you have many of these things right in your own home in kitchen, but others might be new to you. So, we will show you as we go along. Obviously one of the things you will need as in cake decorator is an apron, believe it or not, icing in cakes are very messy job, so I always keep an apron around.

I also find towels very handy whether I am washing and cleaning things, or wiping things dry whatever, but anyways, you have got those at home. A pair of scissors, I will show you a few uses for them. Obviously you are going to need an icing spatula something that will scrap out the bowls when you are working or if you are baking a cake, you want to spread that batter before you put it into your pans. Tossing things aside is the easy way for me to know what I have already talked about, scotch tape. Yes, we will be using scotch tape, toothpicks are great thing for using your food colors, and I will talk about food colors on another day.

Skewers, many bakers, when they taste a cake to tell if it is done, use a toothpick to taste it. I burned my arm once, I use a skewer now, so it works much better for me, but thats what a skewer is used for. Airtight containers, whether you use some things like this or even the small convenient ones, they work great. Now, let me show you a few things that you may not have in your home, and talk about that. There are many types of cake decorating tips starting off with some round ones. This is a number three in my left hand, in my right hand is the number 12, as you can see when the number is smaller so is the tip, and larger the tip gets larger.

Those round tips are used for writing and for figure piping, and we have the star tips, the star tips are used for the stars, your shells and many other techniques. The one in my left hand is the number 16 and the one in my right is a 22. They also range in sizes, and we have some other specialty tips, these are leaf tips. This is a number 67 and this is my favorite, a number 349, its little V shape, works very well. We also have rose tips; everyone is always interested in making a rose. They come very tiny, I believe this is a 101, 104 is the most commonly used, and a 124 is even larger.

We have other specialty tips. This one is called a basket weave and thats what its main purpose and these are both drop flower tips, as you can see they come in sizes too. This little tool is the greatest for helping you to work with cake decorating. You are going to put this in your cake decorating bag, and this part fits on the outside with a tip in between. So, when you are cake decorating and you are working on, you are writing a message and all of a sudden you are ready to do some flowers, you want to use the same color, if your icing is the proper consistency, you can take out that tip, put on your rose tip and keep working with the same color without having to stop and change or fill up another bag.

Speaking of bags, you have different ones available to you in the market; these are called feather weight bags. They are a light plastic material that works fairly well and lasts a long time, they are very durable. We also have plastic disposable bags. Sorry, I didnt have any small ones on hand. These are mine that I use most often, and we have parchment triangles, and if you tune in another video, I will show you how to make a parchment triangle into a nice cone, so that you can work with that. You also will probably want to invest in a few spatulas; this is my favorite one for icing cakes with because of the angle design. While I am working on a cake, I am not going to get my knuckles into the icing because that allows for some extra room, that a straight spatula doesnt. The smaller spatula I use for stirring up my colored icing, as well as small techniques. You may want to invest in a very nice -- this is my special tool, and I have to be careful. I keep it in plastic, because it is very sharp and I have cut myself just by touching that blade. This is wonderful tool for trimming off edges and leveling your cakes. I will put it back in its package. Another thing you may not be familiar with are cardboard circles. When I am working with a cake, say an eight inch cake, I will use one for that is the same size as the cake. This is an eight inch circle and I will use two to put together for my base and cover it with a nice, decorative foil, so that it will look nice, once I set my cake on top of it and I have a nice border all the way around. Speaking of that foil, here is the roll of it. You can use regular aluminum foil as well, but this is a nice pretty pattern in it, and its great. Another thing that you might not happen to have are little paste food colors. This is pink or rose pink, which is my favorite pink color. They come in sizes that are half of this, which is a half ounce and these are one ounce sizes. They last to a very long time, but I use so much that I get mine in larger containers. An extremely helpful tool with cake decorating is a turntable, I bought this lovely little jim at a place out in Missouri in Walnut Factory, but you can find similar ones to this at your local department stores and step on a larger scale. Normally about 12 to 14 inches round. Another thing I use frequently is wax paper. For your information, all these things that I have shown you, these cake decorating tips, the parchment bags and these food colors can be bought at any cake and candy supply store.

Lets get started and show you how to do some cake decorating. Thank you.

Thank you!! by MorningRain11 at 08/03/13 07:31PM Flag

I wanted to thank you so much for uploading these videos and sharing your skill with us! I used the Special Cake Grease recipe you showed us and it worked so wonderfully!!! Thank you again! Be Blessed! :)

Im strugeling with the icing :( by Noona at 12/24/12 04:37PM Flag

Hi Sandy, I'm living in dubai and i have found your videos on youtube they are very inspirational and helpful.. I would really appreciate it if you could provide me with the icing recipe u used as I have tried a few recipes at home and have not had the results that I wanted. my contact is m.m.80.m.m@hotmail.com thank you in advance :)

cupcakeheaven by cupcakeheaven at 01/23/12 12:21AM Flag

Hello Sandy, I stumble on your video on youtube and I'm very tune in to your presentation! I love the way you teach! you made it so easy! I can see that I'll be your long term fan!

This was very Helpfull by Naaz at 09/16/11 06:07PM Flag

I love all the video's you posted, they were very helpful. As a beginner I've learned with your video's and made my first cake just like yours. However it didn't turn out as good as yours. I had trouble with the icing consistency. Can you provide me more information on the type of icing that you use and how you mix this. My email is naaziea_baksh@hotmail.com.Thank you so much.

Icing Recipe by cechristensen at 07/01/11 02:16PM Flag

I love your videos on cake decorating. Could I please have your icing recipe and the consistancy of the icing you use to crumb coat and ice the cake. My e-mail is cechristensen@bellsouth.net Thank you,

Artrena by artrena at 04/14/11 08:39PM Flag

Hi Sandy, i love your videos very helpful but i was just wondering if you could tell me how to make your frosting. could you email me at artrena@cox.net thanks!!

recipe by kag7 at 01/25/11 06:58AM Flag

Is this chocolate cake recipe dense enough to use for wedding cakes? If so, I would love to find out how to get a copy of it. Thanks! The videos are very helpful.

love it by duckmom at 11/19/10 10:15AM Flag

Thank you for your videos. VERY helpful! Debbie

icing recipe by duckmom at 11/19/10 10:09AM Flag

May I have your icing recipe too? I loved your videos and I baked cakes last night using your techniques. debbie@lanecc.edu

icing recipy by hinabee at 11/19/10 01:24AM Flag

hi sandy.. your videos are of such great help.. could u please forward me the recipe of your icing that you have used on the cake at hinaaghani@gmail.com thanks

icing for cakes by dbsingh at 10/19/10 05:56PM Flag

can you send me the info for the type of icing you use in the video and how can I make one/

by shenu at 07/20/10 04:06PM Flag

your chocolate cake looks very lovely and moist i would also like the recipe of the icing and the cake. thankxxxxxx

Cake Icing by PamelaJ at 06/19/10 11:50AM Flag

Hi Sandy, really enjoyed your video series on cake icing, but would really like the recipe for the icing that you use. Pamarkashdown@hotmail.com. Thanks

cake and icing by twintastic at 06/01/10 04:48PM Flag

I love your videos. you are very talented. I was wondering if you didn't mind sharign your recipes for your icing and cake the consistency is outstanding. you can email it to me at torres22irina@yahoo.com thank you

by parry at 01/27/10 10:44PM Flag

hi i have requested for a recipe of icing.. plz reply bak as soon as possible thanxx

great video by parry at 01/25/10 10:47PM Flag

im very thankfull about all the work u r doing.. its great can u plz send me the recipe of cake and the icing plz... its really nice! thanx i'll appriciate it.

Icing recipe by cakes143 at 09/01/09 07:54AM Flag

Hello! Loved watching the videos that are on here, you have given more great tips on decorating than I could ever imagine. I am wondering though, is there a recipe that you have for the icing that you use? I have been looking for a recipe for quite some time now, I really love to bake cakes, and can never get the frosting to look as good as you have. I have used many different types of recipes, and still have not found the one that works the best. I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your

Ceca by andrej at 08/27/09 07:00PM Flag

Hi ! I live in Sweden and I think your videos are soooo nice. could you please send me the receipe for the icing at svjetlana6_4@hotmail.com thanks a lot

Icing by jeremysgrandma at 08/14/09 01:02AM Flag

I just love your videos! Keep them coming! Is it possible to get a copy of your icing recipe? I'm at jeremysgrandma@gmail.com. Ever so grateful!

Mr by benabuto at 08/04/09 08:49AM Flag

Thank so much for that insipiring video. please send me icing recipe and cake recipes as well how to decorate a cake and tools required. Thank you in advance.Abuto

sweet 16 birthday cake by sweetangie at 07/24/09 03:43PM Flag

hi i enjoyed your videos' i have always baked my kids cake but i'm given my daughter a sweet 16 birthday party 8\8\09 and i need a reciepe for the icing do you have one i could use..if so please email me @ sweetangel1024722000@yahoo.com thanks have a bless day...

Great Video! by travel3 at 07/15/09 04:16AM Flag

That was so helpful! I wish you had more videos for more decorating tips. Do you give out the recipe for the frosting you were using? I would love to have it.

Nice Work... by srilankacooking at 06/23/09 09:28AM Flag

Thank you very much for showing us how to do icing in a neat manner.keep your good work Madam. Like to see more methods and technics about icing & making flowers too. Thanks again.

by tsablan at 06/02/09 01:52AM Flag

Your video was amazing. thanks for sharing your methods! Also, could you please email me the recipe for the frosting. tiffanysablan@hotmail.com Thank you!

Recepie by nicolerauh at 05/14/09 07:27AM Flag

Hi sandy your videos are great but could you please send me the recepie from your superbe icing .... at nicolerauh@yahoo.com ... thank you very much and I hope to see a lot of new videos from you on the net ... your lessons are great

icing reciepe by ashlesha at 03/27/09 01:00PM Flag

hi!!i saw all ur videos and found them really great.could you please send me the receipe for the icing at ashlesha.phatak@gmail.com.thanks a lot

cake decorating iceing Ingregans by Santhy at 03/14/09 09:31AM Flag

hallo.... it is a realy nice cake. can you please send the iceing Recipet for me . please its my doughter birthday. I want to do the same cake. Please sent it for me to this e-mail Keerampadam@t-online.de Thank you...

Icing of cake by fiona at 02/19/09 02:47PM Flag

hi! your video was so wonderful. what is the recipe for the icing you used?thanks! sara

icing reciepe by emma at 01/23/09 12:01PM Flag

hi sandy, wow i have just watched ur cake decorating video on the internet and am so happy to find a video that might be able to help be...at very long last! i have my brothers wedding coming up later this year and have volunteered to make the cake! i would love to know the reciepe for the icing u used to decrumb the cake and to ice it. i would be so grateful if u could email bk emmatancock@hotmail.com thankyou for ur amasing videos. x

a confused novice by angelag_123 at 09/21/08 05:51AM Flag

Hi Sandy,I have found your videos very inspirational. I would really appreciate it if you could provide me with an icing recipe as I have tried a few and have not had the results that I wanted. angela.reeve@yahoo.co.uk I also wanted to know the best recipe for making flowers . I have read about rolled fondant, marshmellow fondant, mexican paste, gum paste and sugar paste. what is the difference between them all, and which ones do you think are the most suitable to make 3D figures and delic

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