I love to bake and I am interested in starting to make special occasion cakes for friends and neighbors. I am wondering if someone can tell me the "TOP" items needed to start this project? I am excited to hear your feedback!!
What medium do you want to start with? Strictly buttercream or fondant?
Hi and Welcome to CC, jannabananna.
Decoding CC acronyms:
Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble your 1st tiered/stacked/layer cake:
Above superthread has popular CC recipes for American buttercreams, several types of fondant and doctored cake mix (WASC and flavor variations) - and so much more.
If you have a Michael's or Hobby Lobby, use their every other week 40% off coupon to buy Wilton decorating supplies:
Grocery store cake pans are short and can "nest" inside each other, so they're too short don't have the straight sides necessary for decorating.
Since rounds are the most versatile, buy two Wilton 2" round cake pans sets (6, 8, 10, 12" pans):
(Having two sets will make baking layer cakes so much easier...)
(This should be available at Michaels/Hobby Lobby. Don't know why Wilton doesn't have the site on their site.)
(13x9x2 is a good start. The Decorator Preferred's have true straight corners, but the Performance Pans might be easier to find.)
Master Tip set:
Bake-Even Strip and Cake Levelers:
(Small & Large Strips, Small & Large Leveler)
(2-3 to use in place of heating cores, because they don't leave huge holes.)
(I have the tilting cake turntable; it works well for my needs.)
(This set should be more than adequate.)
(One small & one large. Offset or straight, whichever you prefer.)
Disposable decorating bags:
Tip #789 & large featherweight decorating bag - great for applying first coat of frosting evenly.
If you want to get the hang of how premade fondant feels (so you can make your own) - or to practice with, Wilton is fine. Just don't eat it!
(Just buy as necessary.)
And of course, you'll need couplers and rings. And for the huge icing tip, a large coupler and ring.
Definitely don't get the Icing sculptor - doesn't work:
The Wilton "dusts" are okay to play with but just about any other brand is better...