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post #1 of 24
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Ok so I searched the forums and can't find this question anywhere. I am starting up my own cottage food bakery. I am going to sell cakes and cookies. (I hate cupcakes)

Anyhow I have found lots of great websites to buy cookies through the forums, but don't know where to begin? If I'm gonna buy cutters I want to start with the main shapes and branch out but since they are so versatile. e.g. Heart turned into Bug.    I'm not sure where to start?

So my questions are-

1. Which cutters(shape) do you use the most? Your go to cutter?

2. I've seen those 101 cutter kits are those worth it? Or is there a good giant starter kit you'd recommend?

3. After that which is the first holiday set you'd buy? I'm assuming Christmas but maybe I'm wrong?

4. Once you buy the normal amount of cutters do you then charge a person if they want something special or is the cutter always just part of ingredients charge..or free?

 

Thanks for the help and if I missed it in a forum I'd be glad to read just post the link.

Jamie

post #2 of 24

I am not in the cookie business but you might want to look at the Ateco line of cutters.  For example my circle set has 11 sizes.  My blossom set has 6 sizes.  My diamond set has 8 sizes - you get the picture. They come in all kinds of basic shapes and more.  I personally think they are a good bang for the buck but maybe others will chime in with more experience. 

 

Jeanne

PS.  I'm just curious - What's to hate about cupcakes? :)
 

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post #3 of 24

I would think about holidays and events, and buy from there.  And of course your idea about multi-taskers: a basic round cutter is a smiley face, a peace sign, a basketball, a beach ball, etc.

 

I just ordered a pennant, I thought I would get a lot of use out of it (for high school teams, homecomings,  colleges, sporting events with favorite teams, etc.).

 

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post #4 of 24

Unless you are doing highly detailed cookies, the 101 is a great place to start.  Circles sets, gingerbread men, square/rectangle sets,  and basic flowers will cover most things.  The 101 will have many of the holidays.  Anything else should be purchased as needed and costs rolled into the pricing for the project(ie. wedding cake, bride and groom, etc.).

post #5 of 24
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Jeanne- Personally I find that as a home baker with a kitchen aid it takes too long to make that much frosting for cupcakes. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I like that nice swirl on the top which requires lots of frosting. So I feel like I spend more time frosting than decorating which is what I like.

I also don't find it as calming as cookies or cakes. Just a personal thing. Thanks for askingicon_wink.gif

As for the multiple cutter packs are those used a lot in say a bundle.

What I'm thinking of is the pretty 12 batches that have theme vs ordering 12 of the exact same cookie.

Maybe this is a dream world and in reality most people only buy large amounts of say two cookies?

 

So if in my dream world people really do buy the pretty theme batches where you use quite a few different shapes I could see the cutter packs of same shape come in use. Is that what your saying? Or just that they are a great deal for that many?

 

Liz- Thanks so I need round and square as a base for sure...how bout the scalloped edge ones?

You could make the scallop with just the RI so not sure how needed they are. Oh and yes I think a pendant one is a great idea.

 

Also mini cutters? Feelings? I could see this as a new addition...love mini stuff and have held off but cutters I'm not sure..lol.. how small is too small as well?

post #6 of 24
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**addiction*** to mini cutters typo

 

Thanks Matt for answering pricing ? too.

post #7 of 24

I like the scalloped and star (pointed scallop) cutters, too.  I use the Ateco pointed scallop a lot, with sugar cookies and Springerle cookies.

 

I think it would take as long to decorate a mini as a regular size, and it would be harder to price it "attractively".  I generally stick with 3"/4"/5" size cutters.

 

I would pick the shapes you like to decorate for each season, and offer those to customers, just guide them to what you have, instead of letting them dictate any random idea they might have (and have to buy a cutter you might not use again).

 

Liz
 

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post #8 of 24
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Liz- Gotcha that is good advice. I'm thinking mini cutters for maybe cutouts in larger cookies like I've see. Although I could see a customer complaining cause part of the cookie is missing? lol Even though it has beautiful time consuming lace on the cookie..they cry cause a tiny heart is cut out??? Maybe not?

 

I'm so dying to make cookies and I am without table for now.icon_cry.gif
 

post #9 of 24
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anybody else with suggestions?
 

post #10 of 24
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Jeanne- Personally I find that as a home baker with a kitchen aid it takes too long to make that much frosting for cupcakes. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I like that nice swirl on the top which requires lots of frosting. So I feel like I spend more time frosting than decorating which is what I like.

I also don't find it as calming as cookies or cakes. Just a personal thing. Thanks for askingicon_wink.gif

As for the multiple cutter packs are those used a lot in say a bundle.

What I'm thinking of is the pretty 12 batches that have theme vs ordering 12 of the exact same cookie.

Maybe this is a dream world and in reality most people only buy large amounts of say two cookies?

 

So if in my dream world people really do buy the pretty theme batches where you use quite a few different shapes I could see the cutter packs of same shape come in use. Is that what your saying? Or just that they are a great deal for that many?

 

I was just thinking of basic shapes.  Not sure what you mean by "bundle".   I have used the same shape in different sizes for a stacked look but I use them mostly for fondant & gum paste. I'm glad others with more cookie experience have posted to give you other ideas :)

 

Jeanne

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post #11 of 24
I agree with everyone else about the basic shapes. I recommend getting an Amazon Prime account for free shipping on lots of cake items. Amazon has a lot of these sets.

As for designs, you can't go wrong with Karens Cookies, Foose Cookie Cutters or my new favorite, Cheapcookiecutters.com . They have over 2000 cutters.

Also plaques shapes are very hot right now. Karens has a lot. Also try an Etsy shop named Plastics in Print.
post #12 of 24

mbranko24 - How do you like the Plastics in Print cutters?  I was afraid they would melt if I forgot what they were made of and stuck them in the dish machine.

 

I agree on the Amazon Prime account - you can't beat free 2 day shipping on everything for a year ($79).  Lots of free shows and movies for my daughter to watch for free as well.

 

For classic designs, I like copper cookie cutters, just because I also like to collect them.  I use ecrandal.com and coppercookiecutters.com, and have gotten a few Wilton copper ones a while back.  I have some of the modern plaque shapes, too, and love those.  For anything really trendy (mustaches, anyone?) I just get the cheaper metal ones.

 

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post #13 of 24

I really love all the cutters I purchased on Cheapcookiecutters.com.  They have a number of character cutters that you can't find anywhere else.  I purchased from Plastics in Print.  I really like their cutters as well.  Good luck.

post #14 of 24
I luckily have never put them in the dishwasher. I always wash by hand.
post #15 of 24

Your most go to shapes are round and round fluted! Get as many sized as you can! Then square. Plaques are really in style right now. if you really want holiday cutters go for the 101 cutter pack. wilton has a few and theyre a great size and cheap. And an alphabet set. (wilton has one too) Then go to cookiecuttercompany and splurge once the orders start coming in. It is addictive though and nine times out of ten you wont use the cute animal and themed cutters often. Round, square, heart! rack up!

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