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I am a new baker with knowledge of baking in gereral, my dad was a baker for 18 years, and I learned a lot from him. I never put it into practice, but recently have become interested (obsessed) with renewing my knowledge and putting it into practice as a side hobby that may lead to a small, family and friend only buisness.


I have a total of 8 tips, and still don't have the technique down for all of them. I also have used fondant once in my life and never used gumpaste. I want to learn all the different ways to make a cake look awesome.

Can you help me my telling me the tools I will need to achieve my goals, both short and long term?

Links to pictures and sites to order from are more than apriciated. I can only get a little at a time, so what will I need more often and use fequently?




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Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 7
i'm fairly new too and although i have a set of tips i work on fondant =)...i use the tips for impressions...my most basic would be a small and big rolling pins and spacers...
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-Inch-Rolling-Pin/dp/B000N59VD4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1299566449&sr=8-6
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-Inch-Rolling-Pin/dp/B0007ZM57Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1299566635&sr=8-2
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-20-Inch-Rolling-Guide/dp/B000PCAIUA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1299566635&sr=8-3

you'll also need a smoother
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Easy-Glide-Fondant-Smoother/dp/B0000VMBQU/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_c

a mat is also helpful when starting...eventually you'll get the hang of it but it was really helpful when i started
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Roll-And-Cut-Mat/dp/B0009WC4G2/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_b

this one's good for basic flower shapes
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-1907-117-Collection-32-Piece-Flower-Making/dp/B000ZNUTCG/ref=pd_sim_k_8

this is helpful in cutting strips
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-Ribbon-Cutter-Embosser/dp/B0009VPX6Q/ref=pd_sim_k_10

a pizza cutter is a must for cutting the excess fondant off when covering a cake
http://www.amazon.com/OXO-50781-SteeL-Pizza-Wheel/dp/B0000E2GYL/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1299567732&sr=1-2

angled spatula a must for crumb coating
http://www.amazon.com/OXO-50781-SteeL-Pizza-Wheel/dp/B0000E2GYL/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1299567732&sr

these pens are great for details
http://www.amazon.com/Gourmet-Writer-Decorator-Assorted-Colors/dp/B0012DMI1S/ref=pd_sim_k_47

so far these are the most basic for decorating....
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Originally Posted by by_mommamee

i'm fairly new too and although i have a set of tips i work on fondant =)...i use the tips for impressions...my most basic would be a small and big rolling pins and spacers...
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-Inch-Rolling-Pin/dp/B000N59VD4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1299566449&sr=8-6
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-Inch-Rolling-Pin/dp/B0007ZM57Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1299566635&sr=8-2
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-20-Inch-Rolling-Guide/dp/B000PCAIUA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1299566635&sr=8-3

you'll also need a smoother
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Easy-Glide-Fondant-Smoother/dp/B0000VMBQU/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_c

a mat is also helpful when starting...eventually you'll get the hang of it but it was really helpful when i started
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Roll-And-Cut-Mat/dp/B0009WC4G2/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_b

this one's good for basic flower shapes
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-1907-117-Collection-32-Piece-Flower-Making/dp/B000ZNUTCG/ref=pd_sim_k_8

this is helpful in cutting strips
http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Fondant-Ribbon-Cutter-Embosser/dp/B0009VPX6Q/ref=pd_sim_k_10

a pizza cutter is a must for cutting the excess fondant off when covering a cake
http://www.amazon.com/OXO-50781-SteeL-Pizza-Wheel/dp/B0000E2GYL/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1299567732&sr=1-2

angled spatula a must for crumb coating
http://www.amazon.com/OXO-50781-SteeL-Pizza-Wheel/dp/B0000E2GYL/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1299567732&sr

these pens are great for details
http://www.amazon.com/Gourmet-Writer-Decorator-Assorted-Colors/dp/B0012DMI1S/ref=pd_sim_k_47

so far these are the most basic for decorating....



I agree, with this list to get you started, but this site is also a good place to get assistance for all things cake.

Good Luck and Happy Caking thumbs_up.gif
post #4 of 7
I would also suggest an exacto knife, a decent variety of icing coloring gels, and some soft "paint" brushes - these are go to tools I always use on every project.

Good Luck!
post #5 of 7
Have you thought about taking the Wilton Classes?
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post #6 of 7
TexasSugar is right a few classes will help with your techniques and slowly add to the supplies you need. Good luck.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. Yeah I looked at classes, and Micheals is have a discount on thier april calsses, so I am waiting until then to sign up. icon_biggrin.gif

Thank you for the list, I can slowly start adding all that stuff!
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