CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 12:44am
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I was recently in Michael's, browsing the Wilton Aisle, and saw something I couldn't believe someone would invent, let alone buy.

It was a Cake Tester. All it basically is is a thin metal pin stuck into a rubber handle. You push the pin into the cake, and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.

I have been using something similar for years. It's call a TOOTHPICK! And a box of them costs a whole lot less than the 'cake tester'. icon_rolleyes.gif

So, this got me thinking ... What is the most ridiculous, or useless, piece of caking equipment have you ever used or just seen?

C'mon, we've all got at least one!!

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Malakin Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 12:57am
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For me it those darn icing tip covers. I never could get those things to work. Useless, I feel stupid for buying them.
They don't even fit the nozzle.

leah_s Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 12:59am
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Well, I never bought those two items. For me, it's the Sugarveil Kit. I like the product, though.

drummer27 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:05am
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I agree, the tip covers are about the most useless thing they have made. When I was teaching I even e-mailed them and complained and I was told that they were just meant as a cover, they weren't meant to actually stay on, useless!

indydebi Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:08am
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My prediction is that the next big "trend" will be brownies at weddings, since Wilton has come out with all of these "special" tools for making brownies. Of course, they will try to push brownies on everyone so they'll THINK they have to buy all of these special tools!

Wow! I had no idea you had to have a special spatula for taking brownies out of the pan! Or a special shaker to shake powdered sugar over the brownies! icon_surprised.gif How DID we get along without these "special" tools?

Cake wise, I think the 'Why would you buy that thing?" is the plastic flower formers http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30D6BC-475A-BAC0-52D7BCD556CBFD28&killnav=1 . Just cut a paper towel cardboard core in half and BOOM! You got flower formers!

CupCake_Caitlin Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:10am
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I use a Skewer - The thing you Make Cababs with!! toothpick is too short for me, but still usable!!

what a silly thing to sell... I pick up a packet of 100 for less then $2.00. haha

josumiko Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:18am
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haha...my DH bought one of those cake testers for me at Christmas and put it in my stocking! I do use it though...since I have it, but toothpicks definitely make it a silly item to have.

tonedna Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:20am
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I actually love the fact that is non disposable and you can reuse it. I had a cake tester for years and never use toothpicks or skewers again, so I can't say I dont love it icon_redface.gif cause I do love mine..
But the covers for the tips, I agree, they dont stay!
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bbmom Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:20am
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Those metal cake testers have been around for years. I have 2 that I got from my grandmothers junk drawer.
This isnt a cake item, but as far as crazy kitchen gadgets go...anyone seen the toaster that you cook hot dogs and buns in???? That one makes me shake my head every time!

tonedna Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:24am
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Those metal cake testers have been around for years. I have 2 that I got from my grandmothers junk drawer.
This isnt a cake item, but as far as crazy kitchen gadgets go...anyone seen the toaster that you cook hot dogs and buns in???? That one makes me shake my head every time!




I had my cake tester for years..lol..Now those hot dogs things...
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tiggy2 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:29am

The tip covers actually work on other brands of couplers, just not wilton. I bought some that don't have the grove in them and the covers stay on just fine.

tonedna Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:31am
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The tip covers actually work on other brands of couplers, just not wilton. I bought some that don't have the grove in them and the covers stay on just fine.




The funny part is that is made by Wilton for Wilton couplers...I still use them with some plastic wrap around them.
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Darthburn Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:32am

I got a Cake Tester from my mother in law as a present... I can tell you I absolutely love it. icon_smile.gif You see, my wife constantly moves our box of toothpicks around so I never know what drawer they will end up in next.

I have my own cake stuff storage and my tester is there everytime icon_biggrin.gif Plus I can use it over and over and it just seems more sanitary to me (although I will turn around and put a wood dowel through the cake haha).

Plus think of all the trees you are saving!! Go GREEN! haha!

And yes, I asked for and got a hot dog cooker for my birthday... that thing is AWESOME! Put the dogs on, perfectly cooked and juicy... oh man. Nope, I wouldn't trade that for anything!

So laugh all you want! Im in heaven! hehe!

indydebi Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:34am
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... but as far as crazy kitchen gadgets go...



My husband can find the DUMBEST kitchen toys and he buys them because he just KNOWS I'll love it. icon_confused.gif

The most famous one in our collection is the spatula that you flip eggs with. It had a button on the handle. Press the button and the flipper part fanned out on both sides to make a triple size flipper! Great for pancakes, he said!

I said it looked like a kinky sex toy. icon_eek.gif

I always wondered how someone could take this item to a banker, ask for a loan to mass produce it .... and the banker says, "Yeah! That'll sell BIG!" icon_confused.gif

patticakesnc Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:34am

I love useless items LOL. I have a teaspoon set that is a smidgen, a pinch and a dash. I LOVE IT. I have a kitchen over run with useless things. Like the Eggstractor LMAO!!! You put the boiled egg in the stand and push down on that corrogated plastic thing and it shoots the egg right out of the shell!!! My husband and I love stuff like that. Mushroom scrub brush, pie weights (ceramic), you name it. I have to say the other day my daughter was with me at the cake shop and she picked up a tester and asked me what it was and I told her and she just responded "why?". LOL. I use toothpicks too but I am sure if I had one I would use it.

As for the tip covers. A little plastic and a rubberband works wonders!

cylstrial Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:36am
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Cake wise, I think the 'Why would you buy that thing?" is the plastic flower formers http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30D6BC-475A-BAC0-52D7BCD556CBFD28&killnav=1 . Just cut a paper towel cardboard core in half and BOOM! You got flower formers!




Never thought of that. But that's a great idea!

indydebi Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:43am
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Cake wise, I think the 'Why would you buy that thing?" is the plastic flower formers http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30D6BC-475A-BAC0-52D7BCD556CBFD28&killnav=1 . Just cut a paper towel cardboard core in half and BOOM! You got flower formers!



Never thought of that. But that's a great idea!




When I first got started doing cakes, the lady who ran the cake supply store wouldn't even stock those formers. She'd tell all of her customers this neat little trick!

tonedna Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:44am
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And yes, I asked for and got a hot dog cooker for my birthday... that thing is AWESOME! Put the dogs on, perfectly cooked and juicy... oh man. Nope, I wouldn't trade that for anything!

So laugh all you want! Im in heaven! hehe!





icon_lol.gif..yeah..men do love those hotdog cookers...icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

adonisthegreek1 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:49am

Like some other people here, I like my cake tester. It's longer and more narrow than a toothpick and I don't have to search for toothpicks all the time that my family has moved.

josumiko Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:51am

another kitchen item the DH bought me as a stocking stuffer that I thought was useless was this tiny little ball whisk (like smaller than those super bouncy balls...maybe a little bigger than those ceramic pie weights). I put it with all my other whisks thinking that i would never use it, and one day i was mixing chocolate milk powder into milk for my son, and mixing it with a spoon just wasn't cutting it...lots of clumps...saw that tiny whisk and knew why i needed it! it works great...maybe my hubby does know a thing or two about cooking!

tonedna Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:52am
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Cake wise, I think the 'Why would you buy that thing?" is the plastic flower formers http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30D6BC-475A-BAC0-52D7BCD556CBFD28&killnav=1 . Just cut a paper towel cardboard core in half and BOOM! You got flower formers!



Never thought of that. But that's a great idea!



When I first got started doing cakes, the lady who ran the cake supply store wouldn't even stock those formers. She'd tell all of her customers this neat little trick!




My 2 cents on this..I do use the paper towel roll and I even tell my students. But what I love about the plastic ones is that they come in different sizes..wich towel paper rolls dont..and in some things, that does make a difference... thumbs_up.gif
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

newmansmom2004 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:56am
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Originally Posted by CutiePieCakes-Ontario

I was recently in Michael's, browsing the Wilton Aisle, and saw something I couldn't believe someone would invent, let alone buy.

It was a Cake Tester. All it basically is is a thin metal pin stuck into a rubber handle. You push the pin into the cake, and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.




Well, I grew up using a cake tester - the long metal pin with a round band on the end to put your finger through. My mom had it for YEARS and that's all we ever used to test cakes! LOL!

I don't think I've purchased anything yet that I'd call ridiculous. Maybe the Wilton plastic turntable because that's the one thing I've simply thrown out in the trash because it was a waste of money and I nearly lost a dozen cakes from the darned thing tilting when it was supposed to be locked! icon_surprised.gif

veronica720 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 2:01am

I have to agree with indydebi about the brownie stuff. I saw it at hobby lobby the other day and I just couldn't belive it. There were special pans, spatulas, boxes, stencils, shakers and lots of other stuff too. Just crazy, but I guess some would say that about all the cake supplies too.

I think the tip covers are at the top of my list, but I know I have more silly stuff.

Texas_Rose Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 2:07am

I like the plastic Wilton formers. I like egg trays better for formers because they give it a cupped shape without being perfectly round, but I have the Wilton formers and use them often.

For me the useless thing would be that fondant punch that was included in the course 3 kit. I still have it in case I end up with a lightbulb moment and think of something to do with it....but nothing so far.

diane Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 2:34am

are you kidding me...it's called a toothpick!!! icon_cry.gif what a waste of money.

pipe-dreams Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 2:54am

I use skewers,too! They are so much better than toothpicks because of the length. I get them at the See Spot section at Target for a dollar (when they are in stock).

I think the most useless thing is the stupid cake leveler. That damn thing just doesn't work...EVER. At least not for me icon_lol.gif

CupCake_Caitlin Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 3:50am
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I actually love the fact that is non disposable and you can reuse it. I had a cake tester for years and never use toothpicks or skewers again, so I can't say I dont love it icon_redface.gif cause I do love mine..
But the covers for the tips, I agree, they dont stay!
Edna icon_smile.gif




WHO SAIID YOU CANT REUSE MY SKEWERS... lol They wash up, and dry easily!! like I said before, toothpicks not so great, I like them long.... My mother and grandmother has been using skewers ever since kababs were invented... or before, hehe!!

I'm Aussie, so we have Kababs on the BBQ alot... so lots of skewers for cakes...

idgalpal Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 4:15am

Thank you everyone! I haven't laughed this hard since the thread on the shape of someone's backyard many months ago.
I completely forgot about my grandma's cake tester! I'm going to find that sucker and start using it.
As far as useless stuff...someone gave me these curved pieces of plastic. I have no clue what they're for so to me they're useless until I figure out what to do with them.

cblupe Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 4:18am

This is a most amusing thread.

I have been using the cardboard egg cartons for flower formers, I cut them up and use them individually, a little bit of bubble wrap and you can mold it for however you want your flower to form.

I have tried all of the above for cake testers, mostly just what I find the fastest as the timer is beeping. Last Christmas I got straw cake testers, it looks like a broom and you just pull them off one at a time, they are longer than a toothpick and not as long as a skewer. I keep them hanging on my fridge on a magnet clip.

Agree on the tip covers 100%. icon_wink.gif

cblupe Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 4:20am
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Thank you everyone! I haven't laughed this hard since the thread on the shape of someone's backyard many months ago.
I completely forgot about my grandma's cake tester! I'm going to find that sucker and start using it.
As far as useless stuff...someone gave me these curved pieces of plastic. I have no clue what they're for so to me they're useless until I figure out what to do with them.




Those curved pieces of plastic are flower formers. detective.gif

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