When people first start out in cake decorating, and are really looking for the BASIC tips, it may come as a VERY pleasant surprise that it does NOT cost that much to get started!
The folks at Wilton Industries recommend only 4 very basic cake decorating tips for beginners (the different tips you see at the end of the frosting bag that makes all those wonderful cake decorating designs!).
ALSO… if you scroll down, you’ll see a nice video I found that illustrates a few of the basic tools you’ll need to learn how to decorate a cake (If you want great prices on these tools, check out the VERY inexpensive selection at Amazon, right near the video! – OR…HEAD OVER TO OUR DISCOUNT & CHEAP CAKE DECORATING SUPPLIES STORE NOW!)
Here are a few of the general piping tips you’ll need:
- ROUND Tip – #3 or #4. This is the tip you’ll use for writing on the cake – “Congratulations” or “Happy Birthday,” etc. You can also use a round tip for creating outlines, etc. Nancy, from Wilton, says that if you can, have a few other sizes on hand as well since the round tip can be so versatile.
- STAR Tip – Nancy recommends the #18 as well as a little larger star tip (1m).
- LEAF Tip – #352 and
- PETAL RUFFLE Tip – #102 or #104.
Again, if you can add a few different sizes, all the better! But these will definitely get you started!
In addition to the tips, you’ll need the bags to put the icing in, metal spatulas (see the video below), and a 12 – 14″ “lazy susan” type of platform to put the cake on for ease of moving it while decorating.