New Member Looking For Christmas Gift Ideas For My Mother

Decorating By jjswee Updated 26 Nov 2010 , 6:48pm by KateLS

jjswee Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 4:26pm
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My mom has been making cakes for longer than I can remember. They are simple enough two layer 10 inch round cakes with natural homemade icing. Sometimes she gets switches it up and makes different ones, but nothing very exotic. They are decorated by hand with her various tools.

Out of memory, what she has is a ton of metal tips for different shapes, basic icing tools, colors, etc.

I am looking for ideas from you guys and gals on what I can get for her. Looking for something you guys really love and people don't normally think about buying. The only idea that comes to mind is a new cake transporting bin, as the one she has is a drop in with snap lid.

Thanks in advance.

PS: This forum is huge. I knew there would be some cake forums, but wasn't expecting this. icon_lol.gif

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CWR41 Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 4:32pm
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Does she have a really good turntable?

Ambar2 Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 4:45pm
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Maybe a fancy cake stand

elliegails Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 4:53pm
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A gift certificate to a great cake decorating supplier (like pastry chef central-not a plug, just one of my favorites). I would LOVE to get a gift certificate and pick out some tools I would like to try.

jjswee Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 4:54pm
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Does she have a really good turntable?




She doesn't have one. She just turns the cake on the counter.

GL79 Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 5:25pm
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I agree about the turntable, that would make her cake decorating easy.

GI Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 7:04pm
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Turntables can be pricey just as a warning. Don't get the Wilton, its cheap, flimsy, and can send your cake to the floor before you can yell Ice Cream! I got my turntable from a local shop, you can turn it over for round cakes and then flip it over for the long, oblong shaped cakes. Its sturdy and the ball-bearings are life-time warranty, too. (I think I paid either 65-80 bucks for mine.)

I love getting cloth decorating bags. I seem to always go thru more, hate the plastic ones, and never remember to buy myself any. I also love offset small, 4" spatulas. I'm forever having to wash mine over and over! its a pain! Oh, and I love my lemon/orange tiny zester and squeezer tools, too. Hmmm, and how about new pans? Magic Lines has awesome pans with straight-up sides. they are fabulous pans! I get mine from my on-line store. (Does she like the 3" sides or the 2" sides?..they carry both!) and fun stuff like Luster dust, disco dust, sparkle dust, paint brushes to apply it, a Clay Extruder gun to make her tiny gumpaste/fondant decorations....the list can go on and on!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Does she have a computer? Give your gift with this website on the tag, she'll go bonkers when she comes here! icon_lol.gif

(PS: yes, this Forum IS indeed huge! icon_biggrin.gif )

CWR41 Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 7:14pm
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Originally Posted by CWR41

Does she have a really good turntable?



She doesn't have one. She just turns the cake on the counter.




If she doesn't do many cakes and she's done without a turntable for this long, perhaps a fancy cake stand would be nice like Ambar2 suggested.

jjswee Posted 24 Nov 2010 , 5:15pm
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Turntables can be pricey just as a warning. Don't get the Wilton, its cheap, flimsy, and can send your cake to the floor before you can yell Ice Cream! I got my turntable from a local shop, you can turn it over for round cakes and then flip it over for the long, oblong shaped cakes. Its sturdy and the ball-bearings are life-time warranty, too. (I think I paid either 65-80 bucks for mine.)



I went on amazon after noticing the tables were 80 bucks on chef central. The first one I found on amazon was the wilton for pretty cheap and thought 'Oh my mom has wilton stuff, this can't be too terrible!' icon_lol.gif

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I love getting cloth decorating bags. I seem to always go thru more, hate the plastic ones, and never remember to buy myself any. I also love offset small, 4" spatulas. I'm forever having to wash mine over and over! its a pain! Oh, and I love my lemon/orange tiny zester and squeezer tools, too. Hmmm, and how about new pans? Magic Lines has awesome pans with straight-up sides. they are fabulous pans! I get mine from my on-line store. (Does she like the 3" sides or the 2" sides?..they carry both!) and fun stuff like Luster dust, disco dust, sparkle dust, paint brushes to apply it, a Clay Extruder gun to make her tiny gumpaste/fondant decorations....the list can go on and on!!! icon_biggrin.gif



Can you explain the cloth decorating bags? I think my Mom has the plastic ones. I see the icing pouring out the top all the time, what do you guys/gals do to stop that? ...I kinda like it because I get to eat it later... icon_smile.gif

She has lots of normal pans. I don't think she would like all the decorating dust stuff or painting on them. Everything is done with icing. When I was on amazon I saw something that you can skim across the side and make a design all the way around. Is this often used?

leily Posted 24 Nov 2010 , 8:03pm
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not sure how much your looking to spend... but the following are some that i suggest

1) A computer so she can access this website!!
2) turntable - I found the ateco one similiar to what i love for $55
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BVFYUO/?tag=cakecentral-20
3) Organizer for all those tips - can pick up one at a hardware store similiar to this one
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NZPJJM/?tag=cakecentral-20
4) I can never have to many spatulas, tips (mutliples of common ones are a must), couplers, and bags.
5) Americolor gels. You say she has a lot of wilton stuff, Americolor gels are SOOOO much better. You can find them at many places online, or if you have a cake supply store near you they will probably carry them, and even Hobby Lobby carries a small variety of colors if you have one near you.
6) Does she have a stand mixer or KA? There are quite a few people who like a beater like this one so that you dont' have to scrap the sides as often.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015TMHFG/?tag=cakecentral-20

GI Posted 26 Nov 2010 , 3:41pm
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Originally Posted by jjswee

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Originally Posted by GI

Turntables can be pricey just as a warning. Don't get the Wilton, its cheap, flimsy, and can send your cake to the floor before you can yell Ice Cream! I got my turntable from a local shop, you can turn it over for round cakes and then flip it over for the long, oblong shaped cakes. Its sturdy and the ball-bearings are life-time warranty, too. (I think I paid either 65-80 bucks for mine.)


I went on amazon after noticing the tables were 80 bucks on chef central. The first one I found on amazon was the wilton for pretty cheap and thought 'Oh my mom has wilton stuff, this can't be too terrible!' icon_lol.gif

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I love getting cloth decorating bags. I seem to always go thru more, hate the plastic ones, and never remember to buy myself any. I also love offset small, 4" spatulas. I'm forever having to wash mine over and over! its a pain! Oh, and I love my lemon/orange tiny zester and squeezer tools, too. Hmmm, and how about new pans? Magic Lines has awesome pans with straight-up sides. they are fabulous pans! I get mine from my on-line store. (Does she like the 3" sides or the 2" sides?..they carry both!) and fun stuff like Luster dust, disco dust, sparkle dust, paint brushes to apply it, a Clay Extruder gun to make her tiny gumpaste/fondant decorations....the list can go on and on!!! icon_biggrin.gif


Can you explain the cloth decorating bags? I think my Mom has the plastic ones. I see the icing pouring out the top all the time, what do you guys/gals do to stop that? ...I kinda like it because I get to eat it later... icon_smile.gif

She has lots of normal pans. I don't think she would like all the decorating dust stuff or painting on them. Everything is done with icing. When I was on amazon I saw something that you can skim across the side and make a design all the way around. Is this often used?




i LOVE this on-line store. Fast, friendly, customer service ROCKS!

http://cooksdream.com

Type in Cloth Pastry Bags and you'll get to their page(s). 8", 10" 12" sizes. Bags are reusable and hold the icing in tighter at the tip. plastic bags have a tendancy to burst out, especially if the icing is too stiff.

Americolor is a "true" icing color, way better than any other product. Holds the color.

If her pans are old and worn out, I recommend TWO 9" round magic line pans. They run $7bucks each. If that's too spendy, then stick with the bags.
How about a tip to fill cupcakes with yummy filling? Tip #230 does the trick!

Your probably talking about an impression mat? Those can be used on Fondant-covered cakes. its tricky using on a BC (buttercream) cake, but not "un"-doable. Perhaps even getting her a small tub of Satin Ice (fondant) along with an impression mat, to branch out her skills. icon_biggrin.gif Mats can go anywhere from $15bucks on up.
Satin Ice brand of fondant tastes way better than Wilton. (Wilton Fondant is just plain gross.) Satin Ice has a buttercream taste to it.
http://www.thebakerskitchen.net/Satin-Ice-Buttercream-Flavored-White-

GI Posted 26 Nov 2010 , 4:05pm
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When I was on amazon I saw something that you can skim across the side and make a design all the way around. Is this often used?




A wrap? Where you place it directly onto your cake? I did that in my chocolate wrap cake. Its used on chocolate. It *is* chocolate...

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1871981.html

Is this what you're talking about? icon_smile.gif

leily Posted 26 Nov 2010 , 5:59pm
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Originally Posted by GI

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Originally Posted by jjswee

When I was on amazon I saw something that you can skim across the side and make a design all the way around. Is this often used?



A wrap? Where you place it directly onto your cake? I did that in my chocolate wrap cake. Its used on chocolate. It *is* chocolate...

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1871981.html

Is this what you're talking about? icon_smile.gif




My first thought was a decorators comb. Maybe it's one of these?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000VM7XM/?tag=cakecentral-20
or
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000VMEGM/?tag=cakecentral-20

GI Posted 26 Nov 2010 , 6:17pm
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My first thought was a decorators comb. Maybe it's one of these?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000VM7XM/?tag=cakecentral-20
or
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000VMEGM/?tag=cakecentral-20




DUH!!! Image I have one of those. Just never use it much. icon_biggrin.gif

KateLS Posted 26 Nov 2010 , 6:48pm
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Can you explain the cloth decorating bags? I think my Mom has the plastic ones. I see the icing pouring out the top all the time, what do you guys/gals do to stop that? ...I kinda like it because I get to eat it later... icon_smile.gif [/quote]

One of the things I like to keep my frosting from coming out the top is using these. It makes such a difference for me.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PBZHOS/?tag=cakecentral-20

I just got them at my local michaels. I think JoAnns also carries them.

I also think a turntable is a good idea. I have the Fat Daddio's Professional cake turntable.

http://www.chefcentral.com/Fat-Daddios-Revolving-Cake-Stand-P10072C791.aspx

I really like it!

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