I'm looking to open a home based cake decorating business (eventually)and am going to be buying some new stuff. I've only been doing cakes about 2 years and am self taught. What are some things you just can't live without or just some favorite things?? Thanks in advance, you are all so knowledgable and i have learned everything I know from this site.
pixie dust is one of my fav things
Wilton's icer tip (no crumb coat necessary) and 1M tip for cupcakes - I'll never ice them flat again!
I always ice my cakes while they're sitting on the turn-table, even the square and sheet cakes.
OK - here's a second vote for a good, sturdy turn-table.
Rain Drops and Roses, and whiskers and kittens, bright copper kettle, and warm woolen mittens..
Vote #3 for a turntable!!!!
disposable piping bags
I love my Agbay!!
A cake leveler! A must have!
Luster Dusts... I could not live without....I am close to having every color they make...they add sooo much to cakes, for me! And dragees!
Good cake pans! A good oven!
Looks like the turntable is winning hands down, here, because that's my vote, too! Also some of the non-skid material to put on the turntable (I won't go into how I found out how very important non-skid material is when you spin a turntable! )
a turn table does make the world of difference but for sure i couldnt live without my mixer... i love my kitchen aid. a few of my favourite tools include piping bags and tips along with a good palette knife and some good pans.
Indydebi- I would love to hear that story!
not as bad as it could have been. I was doing a small 6" cake, which aren't very heavy and move pretty easily. It wasn't for a client ... youngest daughter was in the mood for cake and I was playing around with some tips I hadn't used for a long time.
Hubby came home about the time I finished it. As he walked thru the kitchen, I gave the table a spin with a "Look at this great cake!" and the sucker went sliding across the turntable, landed on the counter, slid a little bit more and stopped when it crashed (ok..... bumped pretty heavily) into the KA bowl. I was actually glad the KA was there, or I would have been picking cake up off of the floor! (oh who am I kidding? I would have made my DAUGHTER clean it up off of the floor! That's why we have kids, right? )
Hubby says, "yeah .... that's REAL nice, honey!"
A nice bottle of wine for when you've finished the last of all the cakes that you made over the weekend. Seriously, invest in a nice wine-glass to 'treat' yourself!
clean up crew. no really. i love tips and more tips. the more you have of your favs, the better. when i first started out, i only bought 1 of each. eventually i figured it out. prayers goin up for you for a great and prosperous business.
Another vote for turntables. I actually use a lazy susan I got from IKEA for like $10. It's large enough for the largest cakes and it comes with a non-skid bottom.
I love disposable icing bags.
I also love americolor coloring.
clean up crew.
Yeah... that's what I want!
I use disposable icing bags and love them!
Kitchen aid mixer
magic line pans (I wish ALL of my pans were magic line)
Ateco fondant workmat
long rolling pin
non-skid shelf liner (as mentioned)
edible image printer
Bessie and Bertha. (My two KA mixers) I couldn't imagine life in the kitchen without them! As for decorating stuff, though, I do like the icer tip and a good sturdy turntable. (I just use my hand-me-down wooden lazy susan on top of a 3" cake pan to elevate it. It works great, even for full sheet cakes!)
my list in no particular order...
1. love my kitchen aid!
2. parchment paper... I swear I use it for everything! (if any of you are artsy try using non-permanent markers on parchment - you can blend and almost has a watercolor effect)
3. My beautiful ML pans - I just got them, test run tonight!
Fishing tackle box
4. Ice cube and fridge egg trays (the ones that come with your fridge - for holding drying flowers)
5. Mini level
6. Silicone bead maker - got mine from intotheoven for $20 with 3 sizes of beads
7. My grandmas noodle pin for rolling fondant
8. Thin flexible cutting boards for lifting layers of torted cake
9. Large stackable cooling racks
10. My mini hacksaw- its so cute and is great for cutting dowels
11. Lots of pretty aprons!
12. Wilton baking strips
13. lots of couplers, i seem to lose them so often
14. But I love love love the kitchen cart my mom bought me for Christmas. I have a large kitchen but it is not well layed out... cant put my kitchen aid on the counter and open a cupboard door, only 1 3 pronged plug, no counter space! etc) I have almost all my cake decorating stuff in the cart. Pans in the closed section, tips etc on the shelves, tackle box on a shelf, small stuff in the drawer (bakings strips) and my KA sits on top. It even has a dish towel rack - which is great because I'm messy! It sits in the back storage room until I need to make something then I wheel it out. The top is stainless steel and so easy to clean. Its small but everything is in one place! And I can move around it in the absence of a turntable. (pic attached)
Wishing wanting list!
I want an AGBAY too! As soon as my lil bro gets out of university i am going to get him to try make me one, simpler with a few set heights.
I need to get myself a turn table maybe I'll head to Ikea tonight.
Foam roller for Melvira method. and I'll stop at home depot on the way back!
something else I was going to add... even if you dont want to sell the edible image printers I think its a great idea to have one set up in your shop where people can bring you a photo to make the image... could be a very nice profit margin on that! It is something as a home baker I dont think I want to invest in yet but may have the need for one out of the blue.
My list is:
my KA Pro 600
disposable bags (easy cleanup!)
parchment paper (don't know WHAT I would do without that)
my offset spatula
my silicone spatula
my extra large baker's rack
A few of my favorite things....
Melvira's GREAT wit
CC - how did I exist before CC!!
disposable pastry bags
Roller for Melvira method, tip brush and mesh bag for washing tips, Dawn dish washing soap to get the grease out and paintbrushes for pushing down the tails in frosting!
2 pans of each of 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 inch sizes (not the nesting Wilton ones because the sides are slanted)
9 x 13, 11x15 sheet pans
Doll pan or Pampered Chef Batter Bowl
A variety of icing tips
A good rolling pin
Vinyl sheeting (for fondant)
A reversible turntable (rectangular and round)
Large serrated knife
A good mixer
Scale with bowl