So my nephew is getting into cake decorating. His birthday is coming up, and I thought I'd send him some stuff from Global Sugar Art. I don't think he has many tools or any books, but I believe he's got fondant. He called and wanted to make my apple cake.
What would be some good stuff to get him for starting out? What books?
I would get him some classes!!! I think that would be cool. Find out what places in his area offer them, how much, send him the money so he can arrange a time that suits his schedule.
I agree with Tesso. Classes would be great.
As for books, I love the Sculpey Clay modeling line. They are great for learning how to model fondant.
Get him a cake tip kit. Wilton has some of those carrying cases that come with tools inside. A gift certificate for classes would be nice. Have him explore youtube for very useful videos. It's great that he is interested in this art. So many kids are into video games and want nothing to do with hands on crafts. My 8 year old son can make a gumpaste rose thanks to my Nicholas Lodge DVDs. Keep encouraging him.
Give him this website. Then give him a gift card at your favorite cake supply store.
Does he want to decorate or just learn to bake cakes?
How about an assortment of good gel colors, piping bags, bubble tea straws, cake circles...those little neccesities that you might not know you need until you need them .
A treadmill, so he can eat all the cake he wants.
I agree with Elcee, get him some of the basic tools. You could make up a little hamper - to add on to the above I would also suggest fondant smoothers, balling tools etc some cookie cutters (circles/squares) and a personalised apron.
A really good turntable.
Books and Classes are a great place to start, or a goody basket filled with your favorite decorating tools.