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WHERE DO I START AS A CAKE MAKER/BARE ESSENTIALS

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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??

 

HIT ME!!! X

post #2 of 12

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

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post #3 of 12
I 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)
post #4 of 12
PS most of these items can be purchased at Michaels or Joann Fabric stores. I hope this helps.
Sabrina
post #5 of 12

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

post #6 of 12

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!

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by kimmisue2009 View Post

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!

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post #8 of 12

good pans

a powerful mixer

bake even strips

cake leveler

turntable

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. 

post #9 of 12

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

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post #10 of 12
Www.designmeacake.com go to this website and watch her video on how to ice a cake, she uses a bench scapper a vauleable tool
post #11 of 12
www.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
post #12 of 12

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!!

 

Heidi 

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