What Piece Of Of Equipment You Regret Buying

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jessfmaldonado Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 1:34am
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I totally agree on the Wilton Levelers!! UGHHHHH, waste of money on those, My cakes are never level and the blades get stuck on the cake!!!! Horrible!! I would love an AGBAY!!!!!!!! If anyone wants to sell thier's I would gladly buy it!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

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eats Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 1:41am
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Didn't want to spend the bucks for the Wilton fondant rolling pin, so
I purchase a 1 1/4" PVC pipe at the hardware store, for $4.00 and cut out three pins.
I then bought the bands for thicknesses and they fit fine. It works
great. The 1" pipe works well for smaller pieces of fondant.

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Juds2323 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 2:03am
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I had heard the same about the turntable but I think it was on here that someone tipped me off on using a spiral binder and just putting the cheepo wilton turntable on it of course you need to make sure you have a bit of non-slip mat under your cake on the turntable. It if slid at all no big drop and it works great!


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smoore Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 2:11am
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For my birthday (today!), my husband got me some cake decorating supplies off of a wish list that I had started .... one of the things I had on there was a tilting turntable and I KNEW exactly what one I wanted, but the list was mine and I didn't write details on manufacturers/model numbers. Lo and behold, he got me EVERYTHING on the list (granted, I'm a frugal girl at heart, so my list never was extravagent - mostly cutters and lots of Americolor shades and luster dusts). Anyway, I opened my box of supplies and out comes the Wilton tilting turntable (not the one I was looking at). I appreciated it anyway, just glad to have one at this point and overcome by his thoughtfulness ... then my husband takes it out of the box and says "You've got to be kidding me! This is a piece of crap! It's not heavy or anything!" He appologized for the gift!!!! I'm going to use it anyway, but he's already told me if this one doesn't work out, we'll get a good one. He's never even decorated a cake and agrees with the Wilton Tilting Turntable comments!

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Amy729 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 3:53am
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Thanks stsapph. I will have to look into one of those.

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Molly2 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 4:03am
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My advice to you is to take you tilted turntable get a refund and if you have a Hobby Lobby Jo Anns or Michaels in your area get their 40% off coupon put it with your refund and get you a good one because let me tell you I almost lost a couple of cakes because of this tilted turntable I know it was a gift from hubby but it might save you a lot of grief icon_cry.gif

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tobycat Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 4:23am
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Haven't even read all the posts here, but I'll bet I'm not alone --

THE WILTON TILTING TURNTABLE IS THE WORST! Do not buy this --- it's such a waste of money.

It barely holds a 10" in place. It wobbles! They do have a locking mechanism, but it clicks out of place easily. It WILL NOT hold a larger cake well if at all. I nearly lost a 14" round last week (I was desperate and needed to at least try it). Thank goodness it was a fondant cake and not a bc -- it would have been lost for sure!

How they can put this out in all good conscience is beyond me, but anyway, just don't buy it!

I can't think of anything worse than this piece of junk!

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leah_s Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 4:26am
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Let's see - I think nearly all Wilton stuff is crap.

However, I love tappits. You need the fondant really, really thin and dry. Way more than you think.

If the fondant is thin enough, the Wilton ribbon cutters works fine.

The icing sculptor is a particularly fine POS. Whoever thought that up needs to be smacked up side the head.

The Agbay is the best ever!

I'm pretty disapointed in the Sugar Veil machine. It's not that it doesn't work, because it does. It's just an aquarium pump and some cheap off the shelf accessories, marked up for extreme profit. They should be ashamed.

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leily Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 4:37am
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My wilton pans... I only have the heart, petal, and hexagon ones now. I gave away all of my round and square ones after replacing them with magic line.

I haven't really found anything Wilton makes that I can't find a better version of either by another manufacturer or at the hardware store.

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keriskreations Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 4:58am
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If I'd ever thought of getting the Wilton tilting turntable, I sure won't now. ha! I really don't have problems with the Wilton pans, but I hear that others do. Guess I've just been lucky. I've got other pans, and they don't seem to work as well as the Wilton's for me. However, some of the plastic stuff Wilton has is kind of cheesy- like the fondant tools. They are okay, but if I was using them for anything other than hobby type stuff, I don't know how well they'd stand up.

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ladyellam Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 5:13am
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I think we should take all the tilting turntables throw them into a cannon along with the character pans and other Wilton junk and shoot it out of here. I swear I think someone was on crack when they developed that piece of junk. Of course I think I WAS ON CRACK when I bought the da$% thing!!

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JoanneK Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 5:25am
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I'm with you guys on the Wilton stuff. That darn turn table cause me to lose a cake that was almost finished. I turned my head and heard a big splat! I looked back and saw my cake all over the floor!

I got rid of that thing ages ago. It wasn't worth the space it took up.

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bigmama1961 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 5:33am
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well i wont buy that tilt turn table thanks for that infro....and what is aAGBAY LEVELER? and where do i get one? now that tool you use to make hair you squeeze man that thang is a pain get carporltonal, got to be heeman to squeeze,almost loose my religion every time i use it,treated it with hammer.

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keconnell08 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 5:42am
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I found that the clay tool isle at Michaels was like a dream come true.

I too am cursed with the Wilton turntable but I put some of that the anti slip drawer liner stuff on it and it helps keep things in place.

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crazy4sugar Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 6:17am
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Originally Posted by stsapph

Amy- Try a pie crust cutter. It has two wheels, one that does a straight cut and one that is a wave.

I use the metal ones found in the sewing department; plastic handles, small metal blade.

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sasporella Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 6:54am
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Mine has to be my extruder gun, it is so hard to use that i am not nearly strong enough to get anything out of it. I think you need to be at super hero status to get this thing to work.

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Texas_Rose Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 7:30am
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I don't have anything that I don't use. I have some things that I cuss at when I use them, but I use all of it. The wilton fondant ribbon cutter/embosser is a pretty miserable POS but I still find myself using it a lot. I just have to tighten the screw after every few rolls or it will unscrew. The fondant cutout/pattern press thing is good for making lace "clothes" for a naughty cake. My kids like to play with it too.

I had a pasta machine already, for making pasta. I don't have good luck putting fondant through it. I can roll bubble gum thin with it though, and make roses out of that. If anyone's looking for a pasta machine, I keep seeing them at Ross for $14.99. It's a lot more trouble than a rolling pin, to me.

Oh, and character pans...when I was pregnant with my first daughter and very emotional, I was at my mom's house trying to make a cake that looked like my dad's volvo station wagon, from a Wilton pickup truck pan. I don't remember exactly what set me off (actually, I believe it was torting the cake so it could have a hidden coconut pecan icing layer, and then frosting the wrong side, but we won't talk about that) but I opened the front door and chucked the cake out, along with the pan, howling in rage and frustration...and that pretty much sums up how I feel about character pans.

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KitchenKat Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 10:07am
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Wilton's Icing Sculptor. This week I finally cleaned up...and let's just say it's on its way to the landfill. lol



I hate this!

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Molly2 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 2:28pm
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You are too funny I think you did what all of us has wanted to do at one time or another icon_lol.gif


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keriskreations Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 12:40am
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Texas-Rose, I'm getting a visual from your story, and I must say, it's awesome!!! I love it! I have definitely wanted to throw a piece of equipment or cake from time to time, and it's not always when I'm doing a cake either! ha! I've gotten more patient with myself, but still have the visions from time to time! Thanks for the chuckle - I'll keep it in mind the next time I see a character pan (I don't use them myself)! icon_lol.gif

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pinktea Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:18pm
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Thank God I never purchased the Wilton Tilt Turntable. From everyones else post , sounds like it should come with a disclaimer- " May cause your cake to end up on the floor". icon_cry.gif

My waste of money was probably the Wilton Fondant roller ( trying to find another household use for it) or any Wilton Character pan ( How many ways can one use the star tip ????!!!!)

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poshcakedesigns Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:44pm
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My wasted $10 was on the very thin fondant mat. It wants to curl up on the sides even with wetting the under side.

LOL I broke down and spent a whopping $2 on a piece of clear vinyl that fits over my island and it works great plus I have more room for rolling and helps to keep my counter from getting dirty.

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CakeMommyTX Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:45pm
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The Wilton Large Cake leveler, it was a waste of money, and cake!!!
I use a piece of fishing line to torte my large cakes and I thought "huh maybe I should try that Wilton thingy?"
Big mistake, I have'nt thrown it away because I'm a pack rat, but I curse it everytime I have to move it out of my way to get to something else.

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lovetofrost Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:46pm
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I sure am glad I came across this post. My next purchase was going to be the wilting tilting turn table. Thanks for the advice. Does anyone know what other options there are?

I hate the wilton ribbon/fondant roller/cutter thingy. That dumb screw is either loosening itself or tightening itself every time I use it and messes up my lines.

I bought the wilton large leveler and haven't opened it yet. Do you think I should return it then? I just can't see myself spending that much money on an agbay.

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KathysCC Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:50pm
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Wilton just came out with a new line of baking supplies. I found them on display at Michaels in yellow packaging.

It included a cutting tool made of metal with a smooth cutter and a wavy one on the single tool. It looks like a pizza cutter but smaller. I've been using my big pizza cutter for fondant and was happy to find this.

When I picked it up though, the first one on the shelf was defective. The wavy cutter had two blades instead of one. So if you get one, check it. Here I will post a picture with my pizza cutter for comparison.

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chutzpah Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:53pm
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All those character pans I purchased from ebay when I was first starting out, seven years ago. I used one pan once.

I hung them in the window of the shop, thinking I could rent them out. In the last 1½ years, since I opened, I have rented out one. However, LOTS of people have asked me if they are for sale and for how much, so today I marked prices on all of them, and will sell them!!


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kjt Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 2:58pm
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Originally Posted by lovetofrost

I bought the wilton large leveler and haven't opened it yet. Do you think I should return it then? I just can't see myself spending that much money on an agbay.

I would certainly return it. I use thread, some people use dental floss. The Wilton leveler is worse than useless (IMHO), it can tilt up/down and tear a cake all to pieces icon_evil.gif

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nefcook21 Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 3:00pm
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I have to agree that the wilton tilting turntable is a POC! I hate it! I couldn't wait to get it but now it just sits there. Also the large fondant rolling pin. I just use my mom's old wooden one and I like it much better.

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justfrosting Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 3:03pm
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I will have some disagreements, but I have wasted tons on luster dust. I can never get it to look neat and shiny. I hate it.

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staceyboots Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 3:12pm
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OMG!!! i just ordered a clay gun from sugxxxxxxx and it has already been shipped!!!


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