We celebrated our daughter Olive’s first birthday last weekend, and I decided to go all out for her cake! The theme of the party was galaxy, which, aside from the galaxy star cookie topper, really just involved hanging some shiny stars from the ceiling 🙂 I haven’t made a tiered cake in almost 10 years, so this was definitely a challenge, but I’m very happy with how it turned out!
This list of supplies for cookie decorators contains everything I would have wanted (or was lucky enough to have) when I started decorating cookies. Each item in this list has a link to purchase online, but you can also find some of these in the cake decorating aisle of your local craft store.
Piping bags are an essential tool for cookie decorating, but those little bag ties are just as important! They keep the top of the bag closed to prevent the icing from drying and they keep the icing from pouring out of the wrong end while you’re decorating.
One of the first items I received when I started decorating was a Wilton decorating tip set. My most used tips are 1, 3, 101, 352, 16 and 21. Even if you don’t use the others on a regular basis, it’s great to have them on hand to experiment with different piping techniques. This set also comes with one coupler (for switching tips) and a flower nail (for piping roses).
5) Food Coloring
Wilton Color Right – This set of 8 concentrated gels (in squeeze bottles!) can be combined to create any color you can imagine.
Wilton Garden Tone Set – This is what I use when I want to create those soft, dusty shades without having to combine colors.
This is the secret (not really) ingredient in royal icing. Meringue powder is nonperishable, so I recommend the 16oz can because it’s the best deal and it will last pretty much forever. You can read more about royal icing and meringue powder in this post.
My must-have tool! If you’ve watched my cookie decorating videos, you know that I always have one of these by my side. I use it for smoothing icing, creating small details and correcting mistakes. Sweet Sugarbelle just came out with her own line of cookie decorating supplies, including this scribe tool (aka food pick).
Video Lessons 1-20 – Learn everything from the basics of making royal icing and flooding a cookie to more advanced techniques like piping roses and painting on royal icing. You can stream them right from your computer or download them to watch later while you’re not connected to the internet.
Craftsy Classes – My Craftsy classes are for those who want a more interactive learning experience than what is offered on the USB drive. There’s a forum for students to ask questions and I answer all of them personally. Students can also upload their cookie photos to show what they’ve learned in class. Click on the images below to enroll.
Shipping boxes – I love these multi-depth boxes from ULINE because you can adjust the depth of the box depending on how many cookies you’re shipping. Or, if you use Priority Mail to ship your cookies, you can get Flat Rate boxes shipped to you for FREE from the U.S. Postal Service.
Looking for more recommendations? Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help!