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what are your top 5 cake decorating tools?

post #1 of 14
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i love to bake, but i am just starting out with the decorating aspect. last night i made my first fondant cake (pictured in my avatar) and clearly i do not have the proper tools, as i was very frustrated and had to imprvise a lot. so please tell me what tools make the cake decorating process a little easier for you and why? thanks everyone!
post #2 of 14
An ordinary table fork (or occasionally a spoon), and a bowl, for making the frosting.

A small frosting spatula that's at least 40 years old, maybe over 50.

Ordinary zip-top bags (storage or freezer weight, NOT sandwich weight), for use as piping bags.

A writing tip and a coupler.

(That comes out to 6, but like Bullwinkle Moose, I'm a heavy tipper.)

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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by jg21410

i do not have the proper tools...



Proper pastry bags and parchment paper bags, multiples of most used tips, a proper turntable, a Dexter-Russell icing spatula, and perhaps an assortment of colored foil rolls for covering presentation boards.
post #4 of 14
Your chalkboard cake is adorable!!!

There is a LOT of information on this same topic on a thread on the Wilton product forum. Here is the link:

http://www.wilton.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=6&threadid=164136
post #5 of 14
6 qt. KA mixer with Beater Blade

Several small offset spatulas

Multiple heavy duty large cooling racks (for turning out cakes)

Multiple Ateco "baking cores" (flat, stainless steel, non- pointed things that look like, but are NOT flower nails) for even baking of layers.

Hot knife ( heated X-acto knife sold at Michaels & Joanns) for cutting foamcore cake boards

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post #6 of 14
Offset spatula, fondant smoothers, Xacto knife, pastry cutter, and extra small scissors (cuticle-type). Those are a basic need. A set of fondant modeling tools would be next on my list.
post #7 of 14
The chalkboard came out great . icon_biggrin.gif
Hmmm Top five,

A piece of acetate , for smoothing my fondant.
a pizza wheel, to trim fondant from the cake
My plastic sheets that I roll out with.
Drinking straws , I use these for all sorts of modelling and even for dowelling smaller cakes.
My tilting turntable
post #8 of 14
ONLY 5 ??? icon_surprised.gif (this is just to get to the fondant stage!)

1. Agbay
2. Tall stainless 90' scraper for ganaching
3. Turntable
4. Large wooden rolling pin - with ball bearings in handles??
5. piece of acetate

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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam


2. Tall stainless 90' scraper for ganaching


Would that be a 90-degree scraper?

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post #10 of 14
A bench scraper that is a clean 90 degree angle at the bottom: ] rather than one that is curved or has a handle that lifts the edge of the scraper away from the board.

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post #11 of 14
Oooohhhh it's sooo hard to limit it to just 5 things!!
Most have already been mentioned:
small off-set spetulas
many, many different tips
8", 10" & 12" pastry bags & parchment triangles
the bench scraper mentioned above
Wilton's "Big tip" aka: quick icer tip ( do mostly b'cream cakes)
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by shanter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ApplegumPam


2. Tall stainless 90' scraper for ganaching


Would that be a 90-degree scraper?



or a 90-foot scraper....
post #13 of 14
Yeah 90 foot scraper!! bwahaha - we build BIG cakes here in Oz

Nup - just joshing! it IS in fact a 90degree one - the BEST thing for getting your ganache straight AND smooth - and also helps us get those razor sharp edges!

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post #14 of 14
I'm not experienced enough to add much yet, but I LOVE my offset spatula. For the fondant accents I've done, I love my clear ruler and pizza cutter.
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