Where Do I Start As A Cake Maker/bare Essentials

Decorating By creativecupcake Updated 9 Jan 2013 , 3:50am by prettycupcake

creativecupcake Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 7:05pm
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Good evening cakexperts,

I have decided to take up and new hobby........ CAKE MAKING! Yippeee!

what are the bare essentials? The main things i wil need to bake and decorate and present a cake and cupcakes??



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kimmisue2009 Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 7:14pm
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For me it was patience, scrubbable wallpaper and a maid.  Here's hoping you get more useful answers. :)

Sabrina Cupid Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 7:34pm
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AI can give you a list of the tools I use the most and if you would like I can give you a list later of the less essential tools that just make your job easier: 9" cake pan serrated knife Mixer/ hand mixer Bowls Spatula- heat resistant silicone Measuring spoons Measuring cup Ice cream scoop (cupcakes) Tooth pick/ cake tester Piping bag Piping tips Metal spatula (for icing cakes) Cardboard Cake plate (about 2 inch wider then the cake Gel food coloring (used instead of water base, it will make your icing runny)

Sabrina Cupid Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 7:36pm
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APS most of these items can be purchased at Michaels or Joann Fabric stores. I hope this helps. Sabrina

lilmissbakesalot Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 7:41pm
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I would avoid too many icing tips.  You aren't going to use most of the fussier ones and it's better to buy if/when you need it rather than have 150 that you never use.


It really depends on what you are hoping to get into.  For me fondant and gumpaste tools are very important, but if you are going to stick with mainly buttercream and not mess with sugar flowers and such you would have no use for them. 


Sabrina's list is a good start for sure.  icon_biggrin.gif

ShelbyLyn Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 11:45pm
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A good stand mixer will really make your life easier. 

Also, a few good basic recipes. I tried about five different vanilla cake recipes before I settled on one I use every time. ( I also slightly altered it, but not until I had made it exactly according to the recipe.)

Also, if you do decide to change recipes write it down! The last thing you want to do is make an amazing cake and then forget what was in it. 


And my last piece of advice is to clean your oven. Often. 

Happy Caking!

-K8memphis Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 11:59pm
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Originally Posted by kimmisue2009 

For me it was patience, scrubbable wallpaper and a maid.  Here's hoping you get more useful answers. :)


oh man! still waiting on my maid too!!!


made me laugh out loud!!! icon_lol.gif


while i do have a friend who never uses a turntable these non-turntablists are few and far between


you need one i think


you can even use one from the housewares sale rack at tj maxx any kinda swirlie thing


but they are just invaluable


and eventually you'd probably want a pedastal turntable


great post!

melanie-1221 Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 12:07am
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good pans

a powerful mixer

bake even strips

cake leveler


bags & tips

The Mat

...just a few off the top of my head.

I just blogged about this very topic. All of my favorite things and must have's for breaking into cake decorating. 

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 12:50am
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a luxury item is an extra mixer bowl


that's not an essential is it


just keep it in mind...icon_biggrin.gif


ok--this is kind of a cool thing--a little block of styrofoam to store a few hat pins on


the pins are invaluable for 10,000 things just trust me


and the styrofoam thing also makes the best tip holder


just jam in a few toothpicks and keep your tubes on there


often cakers use tackle box type for storing cake deco equipment


well and good but you gotta dig for every tip so with the block of foam you can see at a glance whachagot


i always poopooed tip cleaners --the little brushes--and you don't need one to start but get one asap


because some of those tips of ours prolly still have some of the first icing ever piped in there  icon_biggrin.gif

kazita Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 1:24am
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AWww.designmeacake.com go to this website and watch her video on how to ice a cake, she uses a bench scapper a vauleable tool

kazita Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 1:47am
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Awww.cupcakeproject.com/?m=1. Try the ultimate vanilla cupcake recipe on this site ....i finally printed it out because I dont want to lose it and its easier to use a printed copy than to follow it on my phone. Its a yummy recipe..my daughter loves it and shes super pickey

prettycupcake Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 3:50am
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A subscription to mycakeschool.com....$35 and so many helpful video and tips...best money I ever spent...oh and my beloved Kitchen Aid...I wouldn't be able to survive without it...


Happy baking!!



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