Almost everything I make is with these 12 tools.
by Ateco, hands down these are my favorite!
I have used cheaper brands that look the similar but trust me they are not the same.
For literary few dollars more you get way better tools. I use them in almost every video and highly recommend them. They are a good weight, strong, good quality, with very minor seams creating a smooth finish.
by Ateco, they are metal so they have a nice, sharp, thin cutting edge and a good quality that holds it's shape for years.
by Ateco, these are plastic so they won't lose their shape and will give good square cuts with the sharpest corners I found.
Size #1 has a thin handle with the thin sharp blade. It works excellent for cutting small thin pieces without misshaping them.
by Chef Craft, this is a little nothing knife, but I like it and use it all the time. It's got a nice thin blade, so it doesn't misshape my fondant or gum past when cutting pieces.
by Wilton, these decorating Icing spatulas come in a three-piece set. The large and small spatula are angled which work great for icing the sides of the cake. The medium straight spatula is used to for smoothing the top of the cake and spreading filling.
You can also purchase them separately if you don't need the whole set, but I do use all three.
by Wilton, this cake leveler works great to cut the rounded top off your cake, so you have a nice flat surface.
by Wilton, this cake lifer is used to stack one cake tier on top of another. It's strong and stable, so it supports the cake when lifted without any bending or warping.
Extra Tools I use
by Ateco, this turntable spins SO smooth! It is strong, solid, and the quality really shows. I started with a cheaper turntable which did fine, but now that I upgraded, I would never go back.
by Wilton. I am not a fan of molds, but this set of two is fantastic at capturing the veins in leaves and flowers.