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THE BASIC SUPPLIES FOR COOKIE, MARSHMALLOW, CUPCAKE AND CAKE DECORATING

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After three and a half years, I’m finally updating this page. Yay! I also updated the amazon links to include my affiliate tag. (Which simply means THIS.) Finding supplies can be the hardest part of decorating cookies, marshmallows, cupcakes, cakes and other treats, because the right supplies can make the toughest tasks easier and the wrong supplies can give you unnecessary agony. But walking down the baking aisle of the craft store can give you fits of anxiety.

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Find a super-duper comprehensive list of supplies and resources in my book (which I can only assume you all have, right?). But below is a close second. There are many other ways of doing things, so some of these may not work for you, but these are all my must-have, go-to tools and supplies.

All illustrations from Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion.

 

tips

Wilton decorating tips. Decorating tips control the icing or frosting as you squeeze it from the bag. For cookie decorating, I use sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. For cupcake decorating, I use either a large round tip, sizes 10 to 12, or the size 1M star tip. Find decorating tips in the craft store, online stores, at Wilton, or at Amazon.

Wilton 12-inch disposable decorating bags. I love these ever so much and buy them in packs of 100. I use them for royal icing (cookie decorating), frosting (cupcakes), chocolate and candy melts (lollipop making), even pancake batter and other around-the-kitchen uses. Note, they also have larger bags for decorating cupcakes so you don’t have to refill as often. Find disposable decorating bags in the craft store, online stores, at Wilton, or at Amazon.

Wilton standard couplers. Use these in decorating bags if you will be switching tips on a color, usually for cookie decorating. For cupcake decorating, when using only one tip, I just stick the tip right in the decorating bag and omit the coupler. Find couplers in the craft store, online stores, at Wilton, or at Amazon.

sticks

Lollipop sticks. Everything is better on a stick. I use these for marshmallows, cake pops, candies, chocolate, and even cookies. Note, that Wilton does make cookie sticks that are considered safe for oven use. (Off the record, I use the lollipop sticks for cookie pops, because I like the smaller diameter. But these aren’t recommended for oven use.) Lollipop sticks come in 4-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch. I use the 6 or 8 inch. Find lollipop sticks in the craft store, online stores, at Wilton, or at Amazon.

Food coloring. I ONLY use Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. Only. Ever. You can buy concentrated pastes at the craft store, but I stick with online purchases of food coloring. The small, .75 ounce bottles will last a good while, but for colors I use a ton of, like Bright White, I buy the bigger bottle. Learn more about food coloring HERE. Find food coloring in specialty cake decorating shops, or find links to online shops to buy at Americolor OR they are also sold on amazon.

writers

Food writers. I LOVE my food writers, aka food coloring pens or markers. You can use these markers on cookies with royal icing that has dried overnight, on marshmallows, or on fondant. You can learn more about the brands out there in this post HERE. My favorite food writers are the Americolor Gourmet Writers and the FooDoodler Fine Line pack of 10. You can find some food writers at the craft store, probably Wilton FoodWriters. Find Americolor Gourmet Writers at amazon. Find FooDoodlers at the FooDoodler site.

chocolate

Candy melts and chocolate chips. I melt these up in decorating bags and pipe on wax paper on a stick for instant lollipops. (My kid can make these, too.) Or, use candy melts for dipping cookies, marshmallows, cake pops, whatever. Note that the oils in these make it tough to use food writers on them, but it’s sort of possible. Find candy melts in the craft store, online stores or at amazon. Chocolate chips are at your supermarket.

fondant

White rolled fondant. You can make your own fondant, or, just use store-bought. I have to admit, I’m not crazy as crazy about the taste of fondant as I am over royal icing and frosting, but for a decorating surface, it can’t be beat. Use it to top cookies, cupcakes, cakes and to make decorations. You can color fondant by kneading in drops of food coloring. Find fondant at the craft store, probably the Wilton brand, or, I prefer the Satin Ice brand at amazon.

Marshmallows. The perfect canvas. Takes two seconds to open a bag, and you can use these for dipping in candy or chocolate or sprinkles. Draw on them with food writers. Put them on sticks. Find marshmallows in the supermarket.

Light corn syrup. I use this as an edible glue to add sprinkles, quins and other decorations to marshmallows, cookies, or anywhere I need a little extra stick. Find corn syrup in the supermarket.

Confectioner’s Sugar. It may seem silly to add this to the list, as I’m not adding other ingredients, but I use a LOT of confectioner’s sugar. My icing and frosting and cookie recipes all use it, so I buy it by the 2 pound bag. And I’m always buying it for fear of running out. This is also called powdered sugar or icing sugar outside the US. Find powdered sugar in the supermarket.

sprinkles

Sprinkles. Any and all. I own tons of these. “Quins” are the little shape sprinkles, like stars, footballs, leaves, hearts, etc. I prefer a finer sprinkle, myself, or a sanding sugar. The smaller the grain, the more sparkle, I think. Find sprinkles everywhere, but the craft store should have what you need.

Cookie cutters. Oh, cookie cutters. How I love you. For more information on building a cookie cutter collection and online resources, click HERE. My most often used cookie cutters are circles. Big or small, you can put anything on a circle. I use this set of circles so much, it was well worth the cost. Find cookie cutters in the craft store, many online shops, or at amazon.

Cupcake liners. For cupcakes. Pretty self explanatory. Because baking cupcakes tend to bleed through the liners, I usually bake cupcakes in white liners, then pop them in more colorful ones for presentation (I don’t remove the white liners). Find these in the craft store or online.

meringue

Meringue powder. Meringue powder is the best for making royal icing to decorate cookies. It’s safer than fresh egg whites, and you don’t need to refrigerate your royal icing after use. Find meringue powder in the craft store, online stores or at amazon.

Parchment paper. I always line my cookie sheets with parchment paper. Just makes things so much easier. And I line the counter with parchment or wax paper when working with food coloring or coloring fondant. Find parchment paper in the supermarket or craft store.

Dough scraper. I heart my dough scraper! It’s great for cutting out cookie sticks and squares. Mine has a ruler on the side, so I can measure cookie dough height (I’m a 1/4-inch high kind of girl) and other doughy things. Find dough scrapers at Sur la Table or online stores, or kitchenware stores.

Paint brushes. I use little paint brushes to brush light corn syrup on surfaces when I’m sticking things, to paint food coloring on fondant or royal icing, and for all kinds of little things here and there. Find paint brushes at the craft store or online.

Rolling pin. I wouldn’t get far without this. Use it to roll out cookie dough and fondant. I do own this rolling pin, which is handy, as it has height guides. (1/8-inch is standard for cut-out cookies, but I roll 1/4-inch thick, as I roll fondant, and 3/8-inch is great for cookie pops), but now I just use my good old wood one, since I can usually tell heights by eye now anyway. Find rolling pins in any store that sells kitchenware, or online.

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RESOURCES:

You may notice I say “Find at the craft store” quite a bit. Much of what you need can be found at your local craft store and local cake decorating supply store. Near me, we have Michaels or AC Moore. The craft store often offers a lot of Wilton products. You can also order from the Wilton site.

 

Other online shops I really like for supplies:

Sugarcraft.com

Country Kitchen SweetArt

NY Cake

Bake It Pretty

Layer Cake Shop

The Cookie Cutter Shop

Coppergifts.com

Off the Beaten Path

 

I’m in the US, but if you are not… 

MakeBake.co.uk is based in the UK and ships worldwide. Find their site HERE.

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. Jeanette
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing, I love your cookies and designs and often wonder where/what to get! Thanks

  2. Pink Little Cake
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Dear Meaghan, thank you so much for sharing this information with us, your readers. I do follow and learn from you something different every time you post. I am not that talented decorating cookies but blogs like yours make my learning experince easier.

  3. Preppy Little Dress
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Too cute!

  4. Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for always looking after us starters! You are the bestest! ;o)

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

  5. Chic Cookies
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    You guys are going to make me cry :)

  6. Brisbane Baker
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I've always wondered about a couple of those items! :D

    check out my blog:

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

  7. Sue Sparks
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Love your shopping cart cookie-so cute!

  8. Pink Martini
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Just love all your goodies and darling website! I've got a cookie give-away going on now and I always love to check out what you've got going on too. :)

  9. PeaceLoveApplesauce
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Great list of items!
    Love them all!

  10. katherinemarie
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely little cart— I can just imagine you creating little grocery store itmes that would go inside! :):)

    This is my first visit to your blog—do you sell your cookies for those us who are clueless in the kitchen??

  11. Chic Cookies
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    thanks everyone! Supercute bunny cookie giveaway over at Pink Martinis and Pearls, everyone. Thanks katherinemarie! I don't sell actual cookies because in DC I'm not allowed to sell food from my home kitchen. But the store where I decorated cookies for yikes, a decade!, has great stuff (and they ship all over the us). It's bundlesofcookies.com.

  12. Jennifer(Savor)
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Here is my plan: Buy everything on this list AND then I will make amazing cookies like you. You are going along with this right?….

  13. Lorraine
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the resources. I come to your site a couple of times a week. Your ideas always inspire me.

  14. Elizabeth
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Can you tell where you got the shopping cart cookie cutter?? :0)

  15. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Elizabeth, I'm afraid this one I cut out by hand. Unless you have tons to decorate, not a bad way to go, though. You can probably click on the image to make it larger, print it out, cut it out and use it as a template!

  16. Elizabeth
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking maybe that's what you did – super cute!! Thanks – I'll give it a try :0)

  17. the other one
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I just came across your site. I found your book, Cookie Sensations, several years ago when I was looking to improve my skills. I love to bake but my decorating skills are not so great. Your book really helped to break down the skill of decorating into something I could do to finish a project. So glad I found this site!!!

  18. Chic Cookies
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Aw, thank you! Always a boost to see such comments :)

  19. Just.Another.Girl.In.MA
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    How are couplers used??

  20. ediblecrafts
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    You use the couplers with the decorating bags, they hold the decorating tips. That way, you can easily change tips without needing a whole new decorating bag.

  21. Chic Cookies
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    ugh, I keep forgetting to sign in under the right account! Sorry, that was me up there giving the coupler answer.

  22. canvas print
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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