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Clean-up tips!!

post #1 of 29
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(Pun intended!)

I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't stand the post-cake clean-up. You know--the frosting-encrusted decorating bags, the powdered sugar dust all over the kitchen, the cake crumbs in your hair...ok, maybe that last one's just me. lol icon_biggrin.gif

Anyway, I'm starting this thread so we can exchange ideas for making clean-up less agravating, more efficient, and faster!

I'm an amateur decorator who does cakes for family and friends (I don't do paid orders). I'd love to hear from everyone, regardless of professional or amateur status!

I know there are some great ideas out there...
post #2 of 29
Check out this post....

I am now a firm believer in microwave cleaning!! thumbs_up.gif

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-5728.html


or if the link isn't working..

Go to search and seach out the words microwave tips together. and select the "search all terms" option... there will be a big post... "cleaning tips and couplers"

As far as the rest of it... that's what my husband it for!! icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 29
I keep a big bowl beside me as I work where I toss in used measuring cups, teaspoons, and smaller bowls. It helps keep the mess somewhat contained. Scoobam...you must have gotten a husband "upgrade"....mine just shuts down near the kitchen...lol!!!

Berta
post #4 of 29
Havent tried this yet but a friend of mine lays was paper out on her counters to catch the dust and icing. when she is done she just throws all the wax paper in the trash. keeps her counters clean.
post #5 of 29
Clean Up Tips
1. Make the cakes at someone else's house and leave once the cake is decorated.
2. Get a husband upgrade, hadn't thought of that one but I like it. Does Richard Gere know his way around the kitchen? Well it doesn't really matter, I would clean-up the kitchen in a better mood if he was around.
3. Call insurance company and have them send someone out, tell them your house was broken into by a mad cake baking bandit.
4. Hire a maid.
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
LOL! Those are great tips. icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 29
squirly cakes your so funny! thanks for the laugh!!!
melody
post #8 of 29
Sorry, didn't mean to take away from a great post idea, I was just thinking we could use a laugh today.
Now a serious tip that other folks have used before, cover the head and loosely around the bowl of your mixer, with a damp towel or cloth to limit the amount of flying powdered sugar. Measure out your ingredients and put the big containers away as you measure them out, so you have less to put away when you are done.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #9 of 29
I agree with Squirrelly, you really need to clean as you go along. If you empty your dishwasher before you start decorating, it'll be less of a hassle, do you can just drop things in there as you go. When I'm really ambitious I fill the sink with hot soapy water - so things don't get crusty, and I make sure the trash can is emptied - because it sucks when the bag is overful and egg shells start falling out allover your floor! Seems like a waste to clean your kitchen first, but it makes it easier to concentrate, which speeds things along!
post #10 of 29
When washing my bags by hand, I put dishwashing liquid in the bag then roll the bag between my hands so the dishwashing liquid is completely coating the inside of the bag. I rinse and scrunch up the bag to get the coupler out. It's not slimy by then and I don't mind touching it. Then turn the bag inside out and completely wash it. Invert back to outside-out and stand up to dry.

Soak the couplers and tips in a cup with dishwashing liquid and a little water...enough to cover the tips and couplers. When the grease is gone, I throw them in the dishwasher in a safe compartment. For the tips with smaller openings if the grease doesn't dissolve, I use a pipe cleaner with dishwashing liquid.

Best tip I've learned is the roll my buttercream in plastic wrap and drop the plastic wrap into the bag. When it's gone, just pull out the plastic wrap and throw it away. Except for near the tip, the bag is quite clean. Just add more frosting by putting another glob in plastic wrap.
LINDA
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Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
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Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
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post #11 of 29
I'm a wild baker I guess...
I try to keep everything contained..
If I have several cakes to bake I keep my measuring cups, spoons, flavorings, etc...in one area on my counter. pans are on my table along with my cooling racks.... I kind of work like a one girl assembly line...lol... then when I'm on the last cake, everything goes into the sink...
Then after decorating my cakes.... I keep what icing in bags that I will take with me to set up cakes......put that in a zip lock bag...take my carrying case with everything in it...lol....set that aside... put everything in the sink filled with hot soapy water... the tips I do in the microwave now... I love how you don't have to do anything to them when they're done....and wipe out the microwave..it's cleaned now too...
I do hate the clean up process...but no one else is gonna do it...so I just dig in and clean up my mess...but I try not to make a big mess....LOL..
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post #12 of 29
Come now Squirrelly...can we agree on "spouse upgrade?"

"2. Get a husband upgrade, hadn't thought of that one but I like it. Does Richard Gere know his way around the kitchen? Well it doesn't really matter, I would clean-up the kitchen in a better mood if he was around."
Boyd

I'm into poker, I'm into rugby, and yes, I decorate cakes. I'm a renaissance man.
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Boyd

I'm into poker, I'm into rugby, and yes, I decorate cakes. I'm a renaissance man.
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post #13 of 29
Haha rbbarker,
Well, you can go for a spouse upgrade too, I just didn't think Richard Gere was your type, haha! Hhmn, Angelina Jolie? Your wife is going to kill me, haha!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #14 of 29
My number one cleaning tip...

Turn on the air, put in your favorite cd, and have a glass of wine. I also clean as I go.
post #15 of 29
I have a fear of my sink getting clogged, so I try to get as much of the icing out as possible. I turn my bags inside out and lay them on paper towels. Then I use a metal cookie spatula to scrape the icing off. To get the icing out of tips, I swirl a toothpick around and most of it will come out in one glob. Then I soak everything in a bowl of hot water & dish detergent. I throw the water outside (not down the drain) and soak again if necessary. The only draw back is that I have thrown my tips out before.
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