Cheap Cakers Post Here!

Decorating By Texas_Rose Updated 26 Oct 2010 , 3:04am by chelleb1974

jammjenks Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 4:10am
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Originally Posted by KitKatCakes

Love this thread, thanks for sharing everyone.
I'm still very new and still learning lots. I have used
* the sponge hair rollers (pinks ones) to help form my bows - I just remove the clips and can get them in various sizes* use a large spackle knife to help smooth my icing on the cakes
* scrapbooking stamps for impressions
* dollar store craft mat for my gumpaste work
* Lego wheel for zipper
so far that's all but nothing looks the same way anymore icon_smile.gif




LOVE this! I will be buying some next time I'm in the store.

jenmat Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 4:12am
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jentreu that is a very good tip I will for sure get my dh to get and make me some also, he will be so glad, he loves to make things. No joke he will jump on it when I ask him. Thanks so much for sharing.




Anytime, my dear, enjoy!

TitiaM Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 4:31am
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the bas relief cake in my pictures was almost entirely sculpted with a pair of cuticle scissors, a toothbrush and a needle tool. The toothbrush is one of my favorite sculpting tools--one of those with lots of levels of bristles.

AverageMom Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 4:40am
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LOVE this thread! I've used a fancy candle shield as a fondant impression, Playdoh tools, and all sorts of odds and ends from the dollar store. And I love using my large pizza pan (one with lots of tiny holes) to make a really neat polka dot pattern.

zdebssweetsj Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 5:01am
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I use the plastic that you buy in the fabric section at wal-mart it's cheap and you can cut it down to whatever size you need.

FleurDeCake Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 5:22am
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lots of great ideas thanks

Smallfrye Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 6:04am
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The coolest thing I have seen (not yet tried) was on the unltimate cake challenge.

It was a homemade extruder!

They used a calking gun fitted with a PVC pipe, and just drilled a hole in the end piece.

Hubby is gonna make me one to give it a try.

I want one but they are about $70.00 for a small one and to make this whole thing would cost me less than $15.00.





My Hubby is gonna make me on too. I asked him to get more than one cap so I can try to make different sized holes in them. Or more than one hole to braid together. I hope it works.

dawnstulee Posted 31 Oct 2009 , 10:19pm
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i am from a very small town in SE KY. no micheals, joanns or any craft store. only place that has ANY craft items is wal mart and hallmark. i shop online for most everything. my ? is except for ebay & globalsugar, which i find is very reasonable even on shipping, what are some websites where i can find cheap stencil sets ( the tier sets run $60 or more!!!) and impression mats like the ones talked about on this post? thanks!

tatorchip Posted 31 Oct 2009 , 10:26pm
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Originally Posted by dawnstulee

i am from a very small town in SE KY. no micheals, joanns or any craft store. only place that has ANY craft items is wal mart and hallmark. i shop online for most everything. my ? is except for ebay & globalsugar, which i find is very reasonable even on shipping, what are some websites where i can find cheap stencil sets ( the tier sets run $60 or more!!!) and impression mats like the ones talked about on this post? thanks!


did you try the stencils at wal-mart for stenciling with chauk paint. You could even make your own with milk jugs or water jugs, I did that for some things till I could afford to get the better ones, works in a pinch. HTH

BakingGirl Posted 31 Oct 2009 , 10:44pm
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One of my best hardware store buys is a couple of long threaded bolts (like a long screw but without the head). You can use them as a textured rolling pin to make a really realistic grosgrain ribbon, or anything else that needs fine lines or a fine grid.

Renaejrk Posted 31 Oct 2009 , 11:58pm
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I have used one of my wire cooling racks as an impression mat to make a square stone walkway - just pressed it into the modeling chocolate and voila!

Renaejrk Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:02am
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Don't forget the dental floss to torte your cake!

2SchnauzerLady Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:15am
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Lots of great ideas - I now know what to do with the old quilting mat my mother bought me and I never used - never thought of using it to roll out fondant, etc.
I like to go to the clay department at the craft store for molds for gumpaste. I also bought little wooden shapes of fish to use as guidelines for nice looking fish, palm trees, etc.

jenncowin Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:43am
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I have a meat grinder for my KA and I use it to make hair, rope, etc out of fondant. Just spray it all real good so the fondant doesn't stick, works great!

arrianna Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:54am
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I found scooby, a guitar and other like new cake pans from the goodwill. $1.99 each. I also found a lazy susan there for .99 cents.
I bought different shaped ice cube trays for chocolate molds and i use my daughters stencils for decorations. A pizza cutter works great for cutting fondant.
I also ask on craigslist and freecycle.com and have received a lot of items for free.

Tee-Y Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:58am
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Originally Posted by Renaejrk

Don't forget the dental floss to torte your cake!




WHAT!!!!!!! icon_eek.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ! Renaejrk, how do you do that? Do you get straight layers, I'll really love to know.

Tee-Y Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:59am
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Originally Posted by Renaejrk

Don't forget the dental floss to torte your cake!




WHAT!!!!!!! icon_eek.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ! Renaejrk, how do you do that? Do you get straight layers, I'll really love to know.

sweetcakes Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 4:20am
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those of you that use ribbons can use the spool cases that dvds and cds come in. just cut a slit for the ribbon to by pulled through and the center spindle keeps them stacked. and dust free of course.

Jeff_Arnett Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 4:59am
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Originally Posted by dawnstulee

i am from a very small town in SE KY. no micheals, joanns or any craft store. only place that has ANY craft items is wal mart and hallmark. i shop online for most everything. my ? is except for ebay & globalsugar, which i find is very reasonable even on shipping, what are some websites where i can find cheap stencil sets ( the tier sets run $60 or more!!!) and like the ones talked about on this post? thanks!


What part of SE KY are you from? I'm not far away I'd bet!

andiesweet Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 6:15am
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I use egg cartons for flower formers and for paint pots.
paper towel tubes to hang bows on to dry, also split them in half for leaf and flower formers.
I have a huge ( 3" diameter) pvc pipe rolling pin for fondant. bigger pin, less work
and a knee high for my PS puff

cblupe Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 6:39am
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I like to use the individual applesauce containers for paint pots. I use alot of the applesauce instead of oil in my cake batter.

I found the great big plastic lettuce knife from the dollar store cuts big chucks of fondant into smaller pieces.

I like ground coffee for my sunflower centers.

I like using the great big tiles from Lowe's for cake boards. You can glue round knobs or wooden knobs to the bottom for feet.

Old wooden clocks or the decorative ones make excellent cake boards, you can spray paint them any color you want. You can find these at Hobby Lobby or garage sales or hanging on the walls at your grandparents house.

Awesome thread btw, thanks for posting everyone.


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butterfly831915 Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 7:01am
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Oh, so glad to read this post, gotta print it out so when I go to the stores I don't forget anything. LOL.

Renaejrk Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 2:16pm
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Originally Posted by Renaejrk

Don't forget the dental floss to torte your cake!



WHAT!!!!!!! icon_eek.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ! Renaejrk, how do you do that? Do you get straight layers, I'll really love to know.




Sorry I didn't respond until now, I've been too busy to get on here the last couple of days!

Sometimes I don't worry about it being perfectly even, but when I want it just perfect I use toothpicks, a few on each side depending on the size of the cake, that have been measured to the right height so they are the same all around the cake.

Then I line the floss up with the toothpicks so the torting will be even. You just wrap the floss around the cake, then where it meets you cross one side over the other (like when you first cross laces to begin tying a knot) and just keep pulling in the opposite direction. The floss will cut through the cake - it's great! Experiment with it until you get a feel for it. It's such a cheap trick! Use the cheap floss (without mint - lol!) and it lasts forever!

Kims_cakes Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 4:21pm
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Great ideas! This thread is getting me thinking outside the box. I just used an infant syringe, they kind they give with infant Motrin -fresh out of the sealed plastic- to get a real thin thread of fondant.

playingwithsugar Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:14pm
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Rylan mentioned deviled egg trays. I waited until after Easter, and got the Easter Egg trays from WalMart for 25 cents per. Each tray holds a dozen petals.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Texas_Rose Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:17pm
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Rylan mentioned deviled egg trays. I waited until after Easter, and got the Easter Egg trays from WalMart for 25 cents per. Each tray holds a dozen petals.

Theresa icon_smile.gif




I use those too...every year I add a few more to my collection. They're great for leaves too. You can vary how you put things into them, leave some hanging over edges, etc, to get different shaped leaves, which looks more natural.

lomikesa Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:54pm
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I use old towels for bake even strips, I cut then by cake pan sizes, and use a T-pin, they are great.

Lomikesa

Loucinda Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:19pm
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If you don't have a deviled egg tray, just break the ends off of disposable spoons and hot glue the spoon part to a piece of cardboard or foamcore - waalaaa - petal dryer! icon_wink.gif

Day2Day_Cakes Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 1:40am
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I buy alot of my molds, cutters tools in the clay and soap isle of Hobby Lobby. Much cheaper. Also I use my daughters play dough extruder for ropes, hair etc (and yes I wash it first).





I have thought so hard about this and wondered if it would work. I have a cake coming up that needs some things.... so it does good...

Sarah-Beth Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 6:16pm
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I haven't be doing cake for very long but have been sculpting for years and I use dental teeth tools (can be found at walmart) for sculpting and gumpaste, I love the GUM tools the most.

Styrofoam with dowels stuck in it like pegs for drying racks.

I use a plastic fork, break the the ends in the middle off and you can use this to drip chocolate on cake balls and the top of cake.

Paint brushes to smooth gumpaste or clay in little areas you can't reach.

Kitchen cabinet mats (the one that you put in your cabinet to protect them) for texture use them like impression mat.

Hair ties to keep my decorating bags close at the ends.

Egg shell cartons for my petal dust and food die.

Biscuit cutter to cut my fondant and gumpaste circles.

I make mine own stencils by buying the cheep flexible thin cutting boards I found at HEB. I print out a pattern I love of the internet and place it on the cutting boards tape it in place and cut very slowly with my very sharp exacto knife. This may take some time a practices but worth it in the end.

bushes, comb, forks, buttons, zippers, small belt buckles for texture.

I have never tried this is fondant or gumpaste but in sculpting clay we use natural sponges (the hard ones you find at hobby lobby or walmart) for texture in the clay

*lol* I have even used my grill rack if you need a straight flat grill pattern.

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