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Worst and best?

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Quite simply, which purchase has been your biggest regret (ie it didn't do what it said, didn't work as well as you hoped, or you just never used it) and which do you love the most and couldn't do without?

I was wondering this today after using one of those cupcake corers. I used that on one, then a knife on another, and actually preferred the result with a knife icon_rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 23
Worst: I would say it's a tie between the cricut cake (used it twice, hated it) and any of the countless wilton kits I bought when I first started decorating cakes (i.e. the interchangeable ribbon cutter, gumpaste letter molding kits, etc.) all were bulky, and not worth the energy of investment.

Best: this is tough, buying multiples of various shaped pans was a great investment that saved me a lot of time, and silicone molds. Although they are pricey, but every time I make the investment in one I love the results. Other than that, nothing beats a brand new exact-o blade icon_smile.gif
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post #3 of 23
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Wow Isabelle, that Tiffany style cake is stunning!
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thank you!
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post #5 of 23
For right now anyway, my worst is the electronic cutter I bought for gumpaste.. I'm sure it will be worth it once I can get it to work right and not just tear up the paste.

Best... oh my... think I'll start with my Fat Daddio mat - love that thing with fondant!! The only thing I've found that sticks to it is Fondarific, why I don't know. I just use a different mat if I'm using that brand.
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post #6 of 23
Worst--wilton cake leveller

Best--New Wilton flower set

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post #7 of 23
Best would be my Agbay cake leveler and my KitchenAid mixer. Worse would be Wilton Character pans because once you base coat them you can't find the design again (I know, I know, you need to decorate them with a star tip) and also the worse was a $1,000 decision to purchase an Anvil Mixer. Used it twice. So what's my problem? The mixer is perfect - great invention, I just can't get use to a mixer without a tiltup head. It sits in my livingroom and I dust it off periodically and shake my head.
post #8 of 23
Best would be the Agbay and the Wilton ribbon marker thingy that looks like a ruler with the little slider things on it. I use that to mark the top of the tiers to level them. Worst is the random Wilton junk that looks so useful but really isn't, plus the cricut. I guess it's the same for many of us, which says something.

Oh, and another worst is the Ateco gumpaste modelling tool set with the handles that are blue. I broke the ball tool the first time I used it, and they just keep breaking.
post #9 of 23
Worst - Wilton serrated leveler. Fondant mat (don't remember brand but I have stopped using it. Kept shifting all over and nothing could tape it down). Badly soldiered cake pans!!!

Best - Wilton turntable ultra, bench scraper & a new type of leveller that is like a fine thread.
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Eeek, my friend in the states has just just been treated to the cricut by her husband, I won't tell her to read this thread!

Great to hear what you like and more importantly don't, hopefully it'll save others finding out the hard way icon_wink.gif
post #11 of 23
The worst products are ones I started with from craft stores. it is so heart breaking to pipe final touches on a cake and have the bag break. Favorite is a good decorating bag, any and all sizes.
post #12 of 23
Worst is a cakepop baller. I don't know the name of it. It's purple though. 90% of the time the thing just tears the cake up rather than ball it. Even if it does work properly (and sometimes it does) it still doesn't save me any time. I'll stick with a trigger release scooper and my hands. 100% reliable.

Best? My diamond impression mat. I love the look of quilted cakes, but I can not free-hand that design to save my life.
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post #13 of 23
I met someone locally who is doing gangbusters with cake balls, and uses the roller. She said it took some doing, but now uses it exclusively. I'd love to try one. Anyone selling one cheap and writing off the loss? ! icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch

Worst--wilton cake leveller

Best--New Wilton flower set



cakeyouverymuch, I have been really pleased with my OLD Wilton flower set. I still use many of the cutters on a regular basis. Would it be worth it for me to buy the NEW set in addition?

Thanks!
post #15 of 23
Best - Agbay leveler and Fat Daddios Fat Daddio's Cake Decorating Turntable with Cast Iron Base

Worst - Wilton leveler, and jem lace cutters
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