I haven't been baking for very long, but I have amassed a lot of stuff! Most of it I do use, but it's easy to go overboard.
Don't get sucked into the Wilton vortex and spend extra for the name!
The items I have found indispensable are:A turntable
! Mine is just a basic lazy Susan. No need to shell out big bucks. Just make sure it's sturdy and is a good size.Offset spatulas
- large and smallBench scraper
- I use the norpro stainless steel scraper. It's great for getting nice straight sidesDisposable piping bags and parchment paper
- I use disposable bags for larger piping work. Make sure to use the Saran Wrap method to make cleaning easier! I make simple parchment cones on their own to do a lot do the detailed stuff.Piping tips
- I agreed with those that said a basic wilton tip set will suffice. Check to see what tips they include, and maybe pick up a few more writing, leaf and petal tips in different sizes.Cake boards
- multiples in the size cakes I will most commonly make for the upside down frosting technique, and a couple large ones for presentation.Food colouring
- I only have access to the wilton gels and they work fine..but I have heard Americolor gels are better. Either way, gels are better than the liquids you find in the grocery store
If you want to do fondant, you'll need:
A nice long rolling pin
...I have found the long cylinder ones without handles work best.
A couple of fondant smoothers
Maybe someone will chime in on this because I'm still trying to figure this one out!