Cake modelling tools – where do you even start?


When you first start making cake models, it can be so confusing!

How do you know what to buy?

There are so many different cake modelling tools on the market – how do you know which you will need and which will end up never being used?

Cake modelling tools - my top 5 must have tools

NEVER FEAR!! I am here to help you!

In this blog, I am sharing my Top 3 Cake Modelling Tools that I use for ALL of my cake models.


These 3 tools alone, will be enough to create many differenty types of models.


So, grab a cup of tea (& perhaps a slice of cake?) and read on……


TOP TOOL 1 – The Dresden Tool


What can I say? This is the most fabulous cake tool – a tool that is used by pretty much EVERY cake decorator worldwide!


It is fabulous for creating texture, smoothing and blending seams and so much more besides.


I use it on pretty much EVERY SINGLE cake and model that I make, which is why it has topped my list of must have tools to have in your kit.


I recommend the PME Dresden tool (also known as Flower Leaf Shaper tool), as it is a good quality tool as well as being reasonably priced.

You can buy it on its’ own, or as part of a set of tools.

dresden tool - my favourite cake modelling tool

TOP TOOL 2 – Ball tool


As the name suggests, the ball tool has a ball shape at each end!


Perfect for indenting models when adding eyes, or other features.


Another tool that is used on pretty much all of my cake models.


You can get plastic and metal versions of the ball tools, in varying sizes. It is useful to have a couple of different sizes available to use if possible.

Ball tool


TOP TOOL 3 – Scalpel


A small, super sharp knife, like a scalpel (or a small craft knife) is another tool I couldn’t be without when making cake models.

TOP TIP – to make extra clean cuts in your paste, dip the blade into Trex (white vegetable fat) before cutting.

Disposable scalpel - a perfect cake modelling tool


And that, is that!


With just these 3 tools, you will be ready to start creating your very own cake models – just add a bit of patience, practise and some modelling paste of course!


In time, you may wish to add other specialist cake modelling tools if you find you need them, depending on the type of modelling work you want to do.


Texturing hair
Creating eye sockets
Creating a mouth

I really hope this has helped you, but just before you go…..

Tell me, do you lack confidence with your cake modelling?

It is very common, believe me, I know all about lacking in confidence from my own experience!


Or I did, until I decided to do something about it!


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“I’m a once year celebration cake maker but After reading your confidence guide. I took a deep breathe and said to myself you can do this and just do your best.”


My first dog model
A more recent example

Just remember, don’t get disheartened if things aren’t working as you would like.

Take a break – get a cup of tea and look again with fresh eyes.

Cake modelling is a journey and you will have so much fun along the way!


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