Best Turntable For Tilting?

Decorating By lstalder Updated 26 May 2016 , 3:42am by maybenot

lstalder Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 1:43pm
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I'll be doing a fair amount of scrollwork on the side of some upcoming cakes and am considering getting a turntable that tilts. I've only seen the one from Wilton. Does it help to have a tilting turntable and if so, is the Wilton one ok? thanks

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MPH32 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 2:03pm
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I hate my Wilton as it seems unstable if I place anything even slightly heavy on it. Try Ateco brand.

crisseyann Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 2:24pm
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Do NOT get the wilton....super unstable.

BlakesCakes Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 5:38pm
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I have the old Wilton one (lightweight, black rubber top) and it's pretty bad.

I bought the new Wilton one (heavy, ball bearing turntable w/ purple spiral no-skid top) and it's wonderful. Pricey, even w/ a 50% off coupon from JoAnn--about $40.


QTCakes1 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 5:59pm
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Do you think the heavy duty Wilton one is comparable to the Atco or Fat Daddios one? I need another, but I really don't feel like paying for another fat daddio's.

BlakesCakes Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 6:19pm
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

Do you think the heavy duty Wilton one is comparable to the Atco or Fat Daddios one? I need another, but I really don't feel like paying for another fat daddio's.

I guess to compare apples to apples, you'd be talking about the metal turntables made by these companies. They don't tilt and I know that at least the Wilton metal one doesn't use ball bearings. I had it for about 5 mins. and took it back because it wobbled. The ball bearing turntables don't wobble.

Truth is, I rarely use my cake turntable for anything that stays flat. I have a large lazy susan with ball bearings and I mainly ice & decorate on that. I think it cost me about $12 at Costco.

The new Wilton one I have that tilts is the Ultra Trim & Turn Tilting Turntable and it's weighted plastic.


QTCakes1 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 6:40pm
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I thought of a lazy susan as well, but I've always wondered how much weight they can hold and still turn smooth. For example, could they hold up a 16" square red velvet cake, covered in fondant, and still spin like it's been freshly greased, ya know? If it strong enough, $12 sound lovely!

BlakesCakes Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 6:56pm
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The reason I prefer the lazy susan is because it's much larger than the turntable, so it will hold a 12/14/16" cake comfortably and yes, it does spin just fine when weighted down--not very fast, but still smoothly.


QTCakes1 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 7:00pm
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Good to know. Thanks!

gramof5 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 7:39pm
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I have the PME tilting turntable. Very stable, works like a charm. You can find it on amazon.

aprilismaius Posted 26 Jul 2011 , 7:52pm
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@gramof5, I was just looking at the PME tilting turntable for my extension work. Do you like it?

cheatize Posted 27 Jul 2011 , 4:49am
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I have the old Wilton one and it drives me crazy! The top is not attached to the bottom. I'm used to picking up turntables by the top (bad habit, I know!) and I'm constantly dropping the bottom of the tilting one. I want one that stays together because I might go bat poop crazy if I drop the bottom one more time and struggle to get it back together without messing up the cake.

kndmagnus Posted 24 May 2016 , 9:35pm
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I don't like that the top of the pme comes right off the base! 

Anyone ever tip a cake right off?

sweetceces Posted 25 May 2016 , 3:02am
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900_best-turntable-for-tiltin_988819574515ca294e9.jpgi specialize in scroll work and i have never used a tilting wheel. it just screams trouble to me personally. what ive  always done is put my wheel up on a bucket so that it was higher and made it easier to work with. and my scrolls have always come out perfect.

kndmagnus Posted 25 May 2016 , 10:48am
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That is beyond amazing...

remnant3333 Posted 25 May 2016 , 2:53pm
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Sweetceces, your cake is so beautiful!! Love all of your piping!! I, too had a Wilton turntable but it was so flimsy. I bought a glass turntable from Big Lots about 6 years ago that works great for me and it is super wide.  My glass one has a beautiful bird design.  I think I threw out my Wilton one into the garbage!!!

maybenot Posted 25 May 2016 , 8:18pm
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There are certain applications where a tilting turntable is a necessity, not just an option. 

A few years back, I bought the Wilton Tilt-N-Turn Ultra Cake Turntable and I really like it.  I use it when I do stringwork and haven't had any problems with the cake sliding, etc. 

sweetceces Posted 26 May 2016 , 2:20am
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when would it be a necessity? ive done lots of cakes so i just ask, i cant think of one personally and ive been decorating for  a while

maybenot Posted 26 May 2016 , 3:42am
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With Australian and bridgeless stringwork, it's helpful in achieving a consistent, gentle curve.

20 degrees is great for stringwork or other piping where you need a little gravity behind you. Also a great angle to aid with painting
45 degrees is a great angle for side and top work

60 degrees, with the cake almost on its side is great for achieving scrolls

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