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post #1 of 71
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Hi. I am just starting decorating cakes and just would like to do it for family and friends. I hate not having the right tool or equipment and at the same time I hate buying stuff that I won't use very often.
In your opnion what is somethings that you just can't do with out?
post #2 of 71
You have to have good quality baking pans; plastic bags and/or parchment triangles to make piping bags; plenty of connectors, tips and spatulas; colors for tinting icing (preferably Americolor); a turntable! Not necessarily in that order, but pretty close!

There are so many more things that help, but you pretty much have to have those basics, and I've probably forgotten something! Hope this helps! veejay
post #3 of 71
I love my kitchen aid mixer. In my opinion a definate must have!!
post #4 of 71
Do not buy the heating core! If is a waste of money. Just use flower nails in your batter when baking.

Buy any book that catches your eye! You can never have enough books!

The Wilton cake release is a wonderful product! I use it everytime I bake.

The Cake Mix Dr's book! Wonderful!

If I think of anything else I'll make another post.

You'll get a lot of posts for this one! GREAT QUESTION!!
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post #5 of 71
A good angled spatula and a metal putty knife. I read on this site how one is used to smooth the icing so I got one. I love how easy to handle and how smooth it gets the sides of the cake. Another thing that I use regularly and actually took for granted until I couldn't find it was my paint brush. Everything from spreading the dust to writing to using the brush handle as a tool in making flowers. Oh yeah and if working with fondant a really good rolling pin and fondant smoother.

Everyone has a certain item they believe helps them more than anything else. Once you get into it - you will find your own special item that you can not live without.
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post #6 of 71
Okay, I'll add a couple of items to the list....I love my icer tip. It makes icing the cake much easier for me. I also like my turntable...I just have one of the $10 ones from Michaels and it has worked well thus far. I also like my pointed spatula...it can get into small spaces that my rounded one can't. My tool caddy...it keeps my tips and colors all together so I don't have to search everywhere for them. I know there are more items, but I just can't think at the moment.
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post #7 of 71
So many of my "Must Haves" have already been mentioned. I guess I'll pay tribute to Viva paper towels. Without them...my cakes would never be smooth.
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post #8 of 71
I'd have to add my spray bottle,and good storage containers and a lot of ziplock bags!
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post #9 of 71
birthday.gif Wow what a great question..10 things i couldn't do without.
1.You know i'll say that the first thing I couldn't do without is my kitchen,because i have such space i know how to manuever in it,this is speaking from experience because i took my stuff over to help someone out and it just wasn't the same i didn't feel relaxed and I know sometimes you have to work in other work environments but my kitchen is it for me.
2.Kitchen aid is a great investment.
3. Michaels and other cake decorating supply stores or hobby stores.
4.Baker's Joy.I've notice the difference in my cakes when iturn them out onto the cooling racks,I use it as opposed to usuing another product.
5.A marble counter top.
6.Air conditioning..especially in the warmer months when someone insists on royal icing and it's 90+ degrees outside and you have to work on royal flowers...
7.Disposable decorator bags
8.Parchment paper and Doilies.
9.Icing tips# 199( without it that cake wouldn't have a classy border to stand on and tip #47 ( oh the basket weave is such and eye catcher.)
10.A camera.( you just can't put a portfolio together without it.)
I know i avoided the other stuff but most of it's been named and we all can't do without our decorator's caddy's and such but i had to give credit where credit was due because I'll testify without Michael's nearby we'd all be ordering certain supplies online.
I do have other thing's i couldn't work without but i'll name them later.
And a big thank you to Flower formers,they make a world of difference for those royal flowers.[/b]
post #10 of 71
In no particular order...
1. My kitchenaid stand mixer.
2. My Cake Mix Doctor cookbook.
3. My stove.
4. My round pans.
5. My 11x15 sheet cake pan.
6. COOLING RACKS!
7. Icer tip, tip #789
8. Disposable decorator bags
9. Wilton cake release (or make your own)
10. My all time favorite cooking spray- Pam.
11. A shallow 2 quart saucepan.
12. My round tips.
13. My triple star tip.
14. Lots of couplers and coupler rings.
15. Flower nails (I have 4 of them)
16. My cake tester- longer than a toothpick.
17. Latex free disposable gloves (the kind that you would see in a first aid kit)
18. My spatulas.
19. Clear contact paper (for covering cake boards)
20. Good pair of kitchen scissors.
21. My star tips.
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post #11 of 71
Everyone pretty muched wrote what I would have suggested. My tip, is make sure you have a lot of patience! Especially first starting out. Sometimes it doesnt always go the way you want it to or look the way you want it to so make sure you always have patience.

Also, always have some toothpicks on hand. You can use them as guideswhen you want to write in the buttercream frosting first and then pipe over it, use as supports, and to use for dipping into your food coloring jars.

Lots of confectioners sugar!

And a splatter shield on your kitchenaid. icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif
post #12 of 71
Well just about everything I can think of has been named except the first thing I start with when I get ready to start...my apron.....maybe I'm just a messy decorator but it' seems like I always get something on me, from cake batter to icing color and if I have to dash out in the middle, I don't have to change, I just take my apron off. I have all white ones so they can be bleached.
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post #13 of 71
In addition to everything else said, I would only add several flower nails. I only have 2 and need at least 2 more. Also--a "good" recipe for butter cream icing.

The other thing that has made probably the MOST difference in my decorating skills is THIS board and all the fabulous people who are in our little community.

I can't tell you how much I have learned here and I have been decorating for 17 years! (Not seriously for that whole time--but I took my first Wilton course at age 19.) Tips and tricks and easier ways to do things (the flower nail and icer tip, for instance!) have been a live saver to me.

Lisa
post #14 of 71
Everyone pretty much said things I would have....
But I also bougth the caddy to put all my things in...I got it at ACMoores...All my tips, color gels, glitter, bags, couplers, flower nails, tooth pics, ....it all fits in there and at hand when I need it...
This was a very good question...

I need to know more about the paintbrush technique though???
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post #15 of 71
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In no particular order...
1. My kitchenaid stand mixer.
2. My Cake Mix Doctor cookbook.
3. My stove.
4. My round pans.
5. My 11x15 sheet cake pan.
6. COOLING RACKS!
7. Icer tip, tip #789
8. Disposable decorator bags
9. Wilton cake release (or make your own)
10. My all time favorite cooking spray- Pam.
11. A shallow 2 quart saucepan.
12. My round tips.
13. My triple star tip.
14. Lots of couplers and coupler rings.
15. Flower nails (I have 4 of them)
16. My cake tester- longer than a toothpick.
17. Latex free disposable gloves (the kind that you would see in a first aid kit)
18. My spatulas.
19. Clear contact paper (for covering cake boards)
20. Good pair of kitchen scissors.
21. My star tips.



Hey Mouse,

I was thinking of getting the triple star tip (#13 on the list) , is it easy to work with and what size stars does it make?

Joe
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