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post #31 of 126
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Originally Posted by idgalpal

Thank you everyone! I haven't laughed this hard since the thread on the shape of someone's backyard many months ago.
I completely forgot about my grandma's cake tester! I'm going to find that sucker and start using it.
As far as useless stuff...someone gave me these curved pieces of plastic. I have no clue what they're for so to me they're useless until I figure out what to do with them.



Those curved pieces of plastic are flower formers. detective.gif

Thank you cblupe!!
post #32 of 126
One use for the flower formers, shared by another CCer, was to use them for marking equal lines around cakes for doing basketweave...I don't remember who shared that one, but it works great too (the plastic keeps its' rigidity and form better than pt tubes.

They came out with the new silicone tip covers...maybe they'll grip better...I usually use plastic and secure it with the coupler ring.

Useless for what it's being sold for, would be that brownie perforator....looks like a meat tenderizer.

That brownie pan with the insert seems like it would be neat to have....
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post #33 of 126
how about those rubber bands that come on the end of the fondant roller, does anyone use them? I have quite a collection and never use them. I have to agree the wilton leveler is a joke...I use my late mother in laws serated knofe, and it works better, and she would love that if she only knew.
post #34 of 126
When I got married, one of my aunts gave me a set of spatulas at my bridal shower. They were nice, but they were teeny! Everyone knew that I'm into cooking, so I just thought it was a cute thoughtful gift. Then a few weeks after the shower I was making coffee with my new french press coffee maker for the first time (love it!!!). After I poured my last cup I realized I had to get rid of the coffee grounds but I couldn't just pour them down the drain. So I'm standing there with the wet grounds stuck to the bottom of the pot thinking, "All my spats are too big. How am I gonna get these out?" Total light bulb moment as the mental image of those teeny spatulas came into my mind! I've never been so thankful for a shower gift before!

The worst cake tool I've ever gotten though was actually from my mom. She bought me a pack of decorating bags. They were 8 inches. I don't know what the heck I'm gonna do with a bag that small.
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post #35 of 126
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how about those rubber bands that come on the end of the fondant roller, does anyone use them? I have quite a collection and never use them. I have to agree the wilton leveler is a joke...I use my late mother in laws serated knofe, and it works better, and she would love that if she only knew.



I do use these when I'm going to make fondant balls. They helps you roll out the fondant to an even thickness. Then use a circle cutter to cut out rounds, roll into balls and they're all uniform in size.
post #36 of 126
A while back there was a thread like this...I can't remember the topic title, but it was something like "what was the decorating item you bought that was a total waste of money?" Many many people said this thing was their worst purchase (partly because it always fell apart when anyone tried to use it):
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E31A21B-475A-BAC0-51A3CBEF4593810B&fid=3E32F518-475A-BAC0-535818F5D52DA731

I am kinda surprised Wilton is still selling it.

Btw, I use my tip covers whenever I fill my wedding cake emergency repair kit. They work great for me.
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post #37 of 126
My Great Grandmother gave my Mother a metal skewer... it was a long metal thing that looped up the top. It went rusty, so in the bin it went!!Though mum kept it for years as she couldnt part with it
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post #38 of 126
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

I like the plastic Wilton formers. I like egg trays better for formers because they give it a cupped shape without being perfectly round, but I have the Wilton formers and use them often.

For me the useless thing would be that fondant punch that was included in the course 3 kit. I still have it in case I end up with a lightbulb moment and think of something to do with it....but nothing so far.



I think the formers are useless. They make my flowers into a funny shape, high on the sides but not round. I almost bought a Wilton item that looks like a paint palate to put my little flowers into to dry. It has six holes and cost about $5. Then I had a stroke of genius (if I do say so), went to the paint aisle and got one with 10 holes for 99 cents. It was EXACTLY the same thing except bigger and cheaper because it wasn't Wilton. I bought five of them and use them as flower formers. I can flip it upside down and put the flowers on it upside down to dry that way if I don't want them to to be so deep. They're great.

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post #39 of 126
Oh that's funny. The very first cake decorating tool I bought was the icing comb (the triangle one), thinking it was Just What I Needed to make nifty looking cakes!! I have never used it, not even once. icon_rolleyes.gif

Any clever ideas for repurposing that puppy, I'm all ears. I mean, it was only like $1.50 but still, I hate throwing things away icon_biggrin.gif
post #40 of 126
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Originally Posted by idgalpal

Thank you everyone! I haven't laughed this hard since the thread on the shape of someone's backyard many months ago.
I completely forgot about my grandma's cake tester! I'm going to find that sucker and start using it.
As far as useless stuff...someone gave me these curved pieces of plastic. I have no clue what they're for so to me they're useless until I figure out what to do with them.



Those curved pieces of plastic are flower formers. detective.gif




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post #41 of 126
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Oh that's funny. The very first cake decorating tool I bought was the icing comb (the triangle one), thinking it was Just What I Needed to make nifty looking cakes!! I have never used it, not even once. icon_rolleyes.gif

Any clever ideas for repurposing that puppy, I'm all ears. I mean, it was only like $1.50 but still, I hate throwing things away icon_biggrin.gif



We use those triangles constantly for party cakes!..
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post #42 of 126
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Originally Posted by SugarFrosted

A while back there was a thread like this...I can't remember the topic title, but it was something like "what was the decorating item you bought that was a total waste of money?" Many many people said this thing was their worst purchase (partly because it always fell apart when anyone tried to use it):
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E31A21B-475A-BAC0-51A3CBEF4593810B&fid=3E32F518-475A-BAC0-535818F5D52DA731

I am kinda surprised Wilton is still selling it.

Btw, I use my tip covers whenever I fill my wedding cake emergency repair kit. They work great for me.



Now..this..is the worst thing wilton ever done! thumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gif
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post #43 of 126
My first fondant cake was my own wedding cake 2 years ago. I thought the lady in the shop was really helpful, but she told me I HAD to have a smoother, which is a thin rectangular piece of foam, covered in lycra. She told me to rub it over the fondant. I'm really not sure what it did that my hands didn't achieve and its nothing like the hard plastic ones.

I use it for shaping flowers, so at least it's not a complete loss!
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post #44 of 126
I use the little metal cake tester for testing doneness of potatoes and yams boiled in their skins. You know how if you poke a tater with a fork, it might break apart in the boiling water and get all mushy? Doesn't happen if you test with the little metal thingy.

It's also good for poking steaming broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc.

Never use it for cakes, though.

Wilton had a six-hole decorating bag holder that never would stay upright. I tried for years to use that darn thing because I liked the idea, but it really was just useless. I finally pitched it.
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post #45 of 126
When I took course 3 I did not buy the kit. I had been to the tent sale and bought some items, but others I improvised! I saw the fondant punch in that kit and said "this is stupid". Glad I did not buy it. I agree the flower formers don't quite give a natural look. I use egg cartons now. But, I use the siimple small cake leveler all the time. I don't make large cakes however. It seems to work ok for me.
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