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post #496 of 613
I have stopped getting notices too. I think the last one I got.....when I clicked to see the new post I got a message that it did not exist.
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post #497 of 613
I thought of something else...do not throw any scraps away when leveling...I keep a bowl to put all the scraps in...never know when you need to repair and if you still have cake leftover, freeze the pieces for cake balls, etc. I have a repair kit that I take with me (I include pieces of cake in a zip lock bag) when delivering my cakes.

In the repair kit, I take several Viva towels, my high density roller, the matching mediums (buttercream/fondant/royal icing). Included, also, are a clean tea towel and a spray bottle of clean water to clean my hands after it is all over, fresh gloves, the proper decorating tips, my different sized angled spatulas, tweezers, my cake lifter, a garbage bag, a little mixing bowl with a lid, parchment paper, roll of paper towels, a tray (to place everything on while repairing), my business cards, a knife and cake server (in case someone forgot their utensils to cut the cake), first aid kit (basically, a few band aids), and a bottled water (for me to drink after I have it all 'perfect'). Always take extra pieces of decorations (like filigree, gum paste flowers, ribbon, etc.). You never know what will and can happen on your way to the venue icon_lol.gificon_cry.gificon_lol.gif I know I am forgetting a few things...oh, yes, my cell phone...what else?
post #498 of 613
Today I came upon this gem purely by accident. I have to decorate 120 wedding cake cut out cookies so I was sitting at the table decorating them while my DH was putting the blank ones in front of me and taking the finished ones away so I wouldn't have to keep getting up. Well he said to try putting them on the lazy susan and turn it as as I decorate them. It works great, I put a bowl of the pearls I was using in the center. You could also use your turntable too and this would also work for decorating cupcakes. Wow, the DH IS good for something! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #499 of 613
I added a picture in my gallery if you're interested in the Lazy Susan decorating wheel!
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post #500 of 613
Doramoreno62, that was really a great idea!
post #501 of 613
Thanks for all of these great ideas - now I need to rack my brain so I can share too.
post #502 of 613
Wow great tips, took me DAYS to read this! I'm a newbie and have no tips to offer, but you ladies are just a wealth of information!!
post #503 of 613
I haven't tried this one yet but have been thinking about it because I have to do it on a cake this weekend. When using wires on cakes, first put hot glue on the wire end and stick it into a coffee stirer. Then you can stick the stirrer into the cake and the wire will stay put and not move around.
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post #504 of 613
Okay after reading this tread fo like 2 days on and off I have to say this is the best reading pleasure that I have had in a long time

I also have a few tips that can maybe help a few of my fellow cake decoratores

If you are in need of a very cheap but sturdy turntable try the wooden turn tabel from Ikea they are the best and they are big enough to hold a 14 inch cake
I also us the Blanda stainless steel salade bowls for making my ball cakes instead of buying the ball pan and they have 3 sizes which is ideal if you need a bigger size
Also I use the Ikea platic cutting mat the one to cut up vegies and so on, this I use when I am rolling small pieces of gumpaste or fondant for flowers ect it's great and the gumpaste/ fondant never sticks to the board but of course make sure it's only used for cake decorating
As you sll can see I am a real Ikea fan lol, when I walk in Ikea or any place else I always try to think cake icon_smile.gif
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post #505 of 613
Spice - I think I'll have to make a trip to Ikea very soon! Thx for the tips!
post #506 of 613
When using you spatula to smooth the cake instead of dipping in hot water and wiping I have 2 spatulas and I rotate them>I keep the one I am not using on a heating pad this way one is always warm. No water no wiping
post #507 of 613
So here are some of the "secrets" that I have learned over the past 6=7 years of decorating.
I never torte my cakes but bake two seperate cakes instead so have at least 2 of each size of pan
Allow your cakes to cool for a minimum of 1/2 hour before turing out
I use the vinyl from walmart to roll out my fondant/gumpaste - I buy it in a large roll and cut it to the size of my counter and tape it down. Once I am all done, I untape it, roll it up and toss it away - no big mess to clean on my counter and if I have a really big piece of fondant your can take the whole thing and turn over onto your cake and then peel away.
I always bake my cookies on parchment paper - no sticking and no mess to clean

that is all i can think of for now, I am sure I have more =)
post #508 of 613
What an awesome thread! Thanks everyone for all these ideas, this is great!!
I've only got to page 18 so far so I hope this one hasn't been said. For those who grease their pans with shortening like I do, I usually buy the brick of shortening (it's 2 cups all together so when I need 1 cup I just cut it in half, don't have to measure!) and when I take my shortening out of the package I keep the paper that wraps it up. It's like a parchment paper. Because it held the shortening there's shortening all over the paper. So when I grease my pans I just go in my fridge, grab on of those papers (I keep them all folded so there's no mess) and just rub it onto my pan! No using extra shortening or extra paper.
post #509 of 613
Someone posted to make %25 more frosting that you think you will need, and I have to say thank you. I made an extra recipe and it was exactly enough. So thank you!
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post #510 of 613
i love all these..i just wanted to comment so i can come back to this and finish reading..lol
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