Ok its my birthday and graduation next week. I'm graduating from culinary school and I'm doing my externship at a wedding cake place!YAY!
anyway my parents are gonna buy me more cake decorating tools. I already have the basics but I wanna know what everyone esles favorite tools are so I can tell them what to buy me.
I know theres a thread out there on what not to buy. so let me know whats good
Ok here's what I use
Ateco fondant mat
cutters/veiners (if you are doing gp flowers or fondant)
I don't have one of these but if you are wanting to get a cake leveler get a AGBAY
Magic line pans
oh I'll think of more
You cannot have too many flower cutters or patchwork cutters.
Molds - flowers & lace.
It sure depends on what is your favorite type of decorating.....fondant covered? Lots of flowers? Lacy, romantic cakes or more modern lines?
I never used the ribbon cutters I had.
Kakeladi I have the ones with the wooden handles and the metal cutters and spacers I LOVE mine
I am looking for more fondant and gumpaste tools, so I can pratice. Do you guys have any links i dont even know what patchwork cutters are. I'm just really getting into the fondant and gumpaste world so to speak so i dont know whats good or not.
www.globalsugararts.com has a wide variety
OHHH yes and you need luster dusts, pearl dusts, pixie dust and petal dusts (for flowers)
This is a wonderful site for those...
I go to those sites and I'm like "aahhh I don't know what to pick. Soo many chocies." So far on my hopeful list I have
Americolor gel paste
And a cobble stone impression mat
Oh I love my impression rollers/mats also... I forgot those...
I have some from www.earlenescakes.com
and from GSA's ....
Ohhhh and make sure you get really good tools... to make your flowers with... don't get the green wilton things because they really don't work as well!!
I have a silpin rolling pin that's wonderful. Nothing sticks to it. I was just going to use it for fondant, but it turns out that it's great for tortillas and pie crust too.
The Wilton flower cutters are the only ones I have, but the more I use Wilton stuff, the less impressed I am with it, except for their pearl dust, which I love to use.
I bought a Makins clay gun today to use with fondant, and it's neat. I didn't play with it much yet, but it's easy to use and I can see lots of uses for it (which I will try next week when we're done moving).
It will make a long thin strand of fondant, if you're wondering what it does. It also makes a flat one for basketweave, and thin ones that I'm going to use to make hair for fondant figures.
I also found something good for storing my cake tools. I have that Wilton toolbox, but I filled it up years ago, so I was looking for something different. I found stacking, clear plastic organizers for $2 each at Big Lots. They look like the tray that lifts out of a toolbox, but with a lid that snaps shut. They have a bunch of compartments which are nice for organizing flower cutters, and since they're clear, you can see what you need without much searching.
Also.. .if you all check sears (I know sounds like it might get expensive but it really doesn't).. sometimes they have scratch and dent tool organizers ... I have 1 and it's almost full ... I got a 2 stack for 90.00 ... original price was 160.00
I bought a dewalt tool box from home depot that was yellow and black until my wonderful hubby painted it pink and black. It was only $40.00 and it is deep with a shelf inside and a lid with some compartments. it also has wheels and a pull out handle to pull it by. I absolutely love it. That and my kitchen aid.
Agbay leveler for sure!!!
thanks for letting me know about the wilton flower cutters, i was gonna buy those but not anymore
Without a doubt - my KA. I used airmiles to get it and don't know how I managed without it.
I got a KA for last years bday i love it, use it almost everyday
You already have a good scale right? Congrats on graduating. Hopefully mine will be in a year.
sorry i havent writen back , its been hard to get into cakecentral the last 2 days. Graduation is 1 day away YAY I have like 3 scales. and i figured out what i want, thank you guys for the help.
Something I love having that most people would not think of is a large tackle box I use it to keep my gumpaste tools paint brushes and other small equipment in and you can carry it where you need it it's great.
Something I got a week or so ago, was the new Reynolds Handi-Vac Vacuum. It didn't cost much about $7.00 at Wal-Mart.
Not only is it great for meats, veggies and fruit....but it is awesome for my fondant/gumpaste. Storing sugar or other types of cookies in the freezer...till I am ready to decorate them. I'm sure I'll find other ways to use it, when comes to cakes & cookies
I just got the sugarcraft gun from Beryl's as a birthday gift from my family. I haven't got to use it yet, but I have wanted one for almost a year.
I would also have to say, cutters, molds, very good rolling pin, sharp knife (for cutting fondant), impression mats and rollers, that all I can think of right now. Oh, all of Sharon's (Sugarshack's DVD's ). I hope to order her stacking dvd this weekend or 1st. of next week.
Good luck with picking your cake toys & have a very "Happy Birthday"!
Yep yep yep
I love my handi vac