I have to admit, I’m not much of a baker, so when a co-worker who recently asked me who makes the best icing spatula (also called an offset spatula or frosting spatula), I realized there was a gap in my knowledge. I honestly didn’t know at that point specifically which spatula would be ideal for icing cakes, so I decided to find out.
What Makes For A Proper Frosting Spatula?
Some call it an icing spatula, others an offset spatula or a frosting spatula. Two of these names tell you roughly what they’re usually used for, but they don’t really tell you what makes them different from a regular metal spatula. The other name gives you a clue about its design.
When it’s referred to as an offset spatula, it’s easy to get an idea of what it might look like. For this type of spatula, the long, thin, and unsharpened blade is offset almost immediately after the grabbing-end of the handle.
This type of design makes it easy to slip the spatula under things like cookies and cakes without getting pieces stuck to the baking pan. Also, as the name implies, it helps you quickly and easily frost things like cakes.
In this comparison I’ll be looking at the OXO Good Grips Bent Icing Knife, as well as the Wilton Angled Icing Spatula. These are the top two frosting spatulas on the market. (Note: if you’re looking for a miniature version of one of these mainly for frosting little things like cupcakes, I recommend the Ateco 4.25 Inch one.)
Both of these high quality kitchen tools have the same basic design: an offset, unsharpened stainless steel blade attached to a nonslip, easy-to-grip handle. To compare them, I’ll focus on their differences.
Round One: Price
If you read this site a lot you know I’m a fan of OXO for their high build quality and cheap prices, and the Icing Spatula is no exception. It’s available for a few bucks less than the Wilton.
Round Two: Sturdiness and Flexibility
It’s hard to know how to judge this one, exactly. Both are made of high quality stainless steel. The OXO was a little more flexible, but this made it hard to lift larger things. I’m not sure I’d try to lift a whole cake with either one, but I’d definitely trust the Wilton with more weight than the OXO. The flexibility of the OXO also makes it hard to apply thicker frostings, so while it’s a close one, I’m going to give it to the Wilton for living up to the name “icing spatula”.
Round Three: Length
If you’re working with a cake, you want a spatula long enough to get all the way under it when you’re trying to detach it from the pan. A longer blade also makes it a little easier to put on a lot of frosting at one time. There’s no question about which spatula wins this round- the Wilton is about half an inch longer.
Final Winner: The Wilton Angled Icing Spatula
There you have it! They’re the best offset spatulas on the market now, and although they’re very similar, the Wilton represents a better value for your money. You can save a couple bucks if you buy the runner up Oxo Good Grips Bent Icing Knife (it’s particularly cheap at Amazon), but ultimately the Wilton frosting spatula is going to serve you better.