I just recently (5 days ago) had an interest in decorating cakes. So far, I've done 2 AND I AM ADDICTED !! I have been trying to use tools that I have laying around (basic kitchen items). What do you recommend as MUST HAVES to get me started? I appreciate all of your help, tips, advice, etc.
To start, I would suggest:
9" straight spatula
Tips: 3, 16, 21, 1M (for cupcakes) (with bags and couplers)
A revolving cake stand
A kitchen aid stand mixer (okay, so this one is a little expensive)
Paste icing colours
A Kitchen Aid Mixer, basic tips wilton # 3,10,14,21,104, nail head, rubber spatula, set of bowls, measuring cups liquid and solid, round pans 8 in, rectangular 9x12, sports ball. That is it for now
And a supporting family that loves cake!
If it is in your budget, pick up the Wilton 101 piece tool kit. It will have just about everything you will need in one sturdy, portable kit. You can expand from there as you learn more. The Wilton student kits are helpful too. Happy Caking!
Patience (I'm still looking for this one) & a lot of time to practice. HAVE FUN & ENJOY!
Are you a buttercreme or fondant type of girl? If you are into fondant mostly I would wait on purchasing the tips. When I started out I did fondant only and thus no need for tips, bags, etc. Just a thought.
Welcome to the club!!! Erm I only do fondant cakes (buttercream is not my friend) I've not been doing this long but the things I find extremely useful are:
cake lifter (recent purchase and is saving me a LOT of aggravation)
cake leveller I only have the wilton one not an agbay but I still find this is a big help. I tried to level and torte with a knife and it could have given a wonky cake a run for it's money!
disposable piping bags, I got a roll of about 100 a couple of months ago and still going strong.
These are the things I use on every cake hope that helps.
For using frostings you should get the big 789 tip and the bag to make the icing process quickier and easier ...
For using fondant you should get some vinyl from wal-mart's craft section to roll your fondant over.....it's CHEAP and the fondant NEVER sticks....
BOTH the tip and vinyl have been life savers for me personally!
Invest in the nice cake pans!!!! Squares are the best that way you can carve circles and other shapes...
Lots of mixing bowls!
But I must add that is OK to use regular household items too.....I use thread to level my cakes....sometimes I use storage bags as icing bags when i have lots of multiple colors to use.
On the paste colors, I'd recommend going with Americolor, not Wilton. Americolor comes in convenient squeeze bottles which make it easier to color your icing.
Other than that, I agree with getting the suggested tool kits. Happy Caking!!!!!
I agree with HannahLass that you need a cake leveler. I also have the Wilton one & it works fine for me as I can't justify the Agbay leveler right now as it is $150.00.
a husband/bf that dont mind you being in the kitchen for hours on end
Live in maid and nanny if there are munchkins in the picture, dog walker, you get the picture.