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I was recently in Michael's, browsing the Wilton Aisle, and saw something I couldn't believe someone would invent, let alone buy.

It was a Cake Tester. All it basically is is a thin metal pin stuck into a rubber handle. You push the pin into the cake, and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.

I have been using something similar for years. It's call a TOOTHPICK! And a box of them costs a whole lot less than the 'cake tester'. icon_rolleyes.gif

So, this got me thinking ... What is the most ridiculous, or useless, piece of caking equipment have you ever used or just seen?

C'mon, we've all got at least one!!
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post #2 of 126
For me it those darn icing tip covers. I never could get those things to work. Useless, I feel stupid for buying them.
They don't even fit the nozzle.
post #3 of 126
Well, I never bought those two items. For me, it's the Sugarveil Kit. I like the product, though.
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I agree, the tip covers are about the most useless thing they have made. When I was teaching I even e-mailed them and complained and I was told that they were just meant as a cover, they weren't meant to actually stay on, useless!
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post #5 of 126
My prediction is that the next big "trend" will be brownies at weddings, since Wilton has come out with all of these "special" tools for making brownies. Of course, they will try to push brownies on everyone so they'll THINK they have to buy all of these special tools!

Wow! I had no idea you had to have a special spatula for taking brownies out of the pan! Or a special shaker to shake powdered sugar over the brownies! icon_surprised.gif How DID we get along without these "special" tools?

Cake wise, I think the 'Why would you buy that thing?" is the plastic flower formers http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30D6BC-475A-BAC0-52D7BCD556CBFD28&killnav=1 . Just cut a paper towel cardboard core in half and BOOM! You got flower formers!
post #6 of 126
I use a Skewer - The thing you Make Cababs with!! toothpick is too short for me, but still usable!!

what a silly thing to sell... I pick up a packet of 100 for less then $2.00. haha
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post #7 of 126
haha...my DH bought one of those cake testers for me at Christmas and put it in my stocking! I do use it though...since I have it, but toothpicks definitely make it a silly item to have.
post #8 of 126
I actually love the fact that is non disposable and you can reuse it. I had a cake tester for years and never use toothpicks or skewers again, so I can't say I dont love it icon_redface.gif cause I do love mine..
But the covers for the tips, I agree, they dont stay!
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post #9 of 126
Those metal cake testers have been around for years. I have 2 that I got from my grandmothers junk drawer.
This isnt a cake item, but as far as crazy kitchen gadgets go...anyone seen the toaster that you cook hot dogs and buns in???? That one makes me shake my head every time!
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Those metal cake testers have been around for years. I have 2 that I got from my grandmothers junk drawer.
This isnt a cake item, but as far as crazy kitchen gadgets go...anyone seen the toaster that you cook hot dogs and buns in???? That one makes me shake my head every time!



I had my cake tester for years..lol..Now those hot dogs things...
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post #11 of 126
The tip covers actually work on other brands of couplers, just not wilton. I bought some that don't have the grove in them and the covers stay on just fine.
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post #12 of 126
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The tip covers actually work on other brands of couplers, just not wilton. I bought some that don't have the grove in them and the covers stay on just fine.



The funny part is that is made by Wilton for Wilton couplers...I still use them with some plastic wrap around them.
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post #13 of 126
I got a Cake Tester from my mother in law as a present... I can tell you I absolutely love it. icon_smile.gif You see, my wife constantly moves our box of toothpicks around so I never know what drawer they will end up in next.

I have my own cake stuff storage and my tester is there everytime icon_biggrin.gif Plus I can use it over and over and it just seems more sanitary to me (although I will turn around and put a wood dowel through the cake haha).

Plus think of all the trees you are saving!! Go GREEN! haha!

And yes, I asked for and got a hot dog cooker for my birthday... that thing is AWESOME! Put the dogs on, perfectly cooked and juicy... oh man. Nope, I wouldn't trade that for anything!

So laugh all you want! Im in heaven! hehe!
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post #14 of 126
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... but as far as crazy kitchen gadgets go...


My husband can find the DUMBEST kitchen toys and he buys them because he just KNOWS I'll love it. icon_confused.gif

The most famous one in our collection is the spatula that you flip eggs with. It had a button on the handle. Press the button and the flipper part fanned out on both sides to make a triple size flipper! Great for pancakes, he said!

I said it looked like a kinky sex toy. icon_eek.gif

I always wondered how someone could take this item to a banker, ask for a loan to mass produce it .... and the banker says, "Yeah! That'll sell BIG!" icon_confused.gif
post #15 of 126
I love useless items LOL. I have a teaspoon set that is a smidgen, a pinch and a dash. I LOVE IT. I have a kitchen over run with useless things. Like the Eggstractor LMAO!!! You put the boiled egg in the stand and push down on that corrogated plastic thing and it shoots the egg right out of the shell!!! My husband and I love stuff like that. Mushroom scrub brush, pie weights (ceramic), you name it. I have to say the other day my daughter was with me at the cake shop and she picked up a tester and asked me what it was and I told her and she just responded "why?". LOL. I use toothpicks too but I am sure if I had one I would use it.

As for the tip covers. A little plastic and a rubberband works wonders!
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