Baking and cake decorating definitely requires having a lot of supplies. Like, a lot. Some of them are just plain necessary and some just make life so much easier. Since many people will be receiving and giving gifts in the next few days, I though I would compile a list of my top 10 favourite supplies to help out those looking for gift ideas or stocking stuffers for the cake decorator or baker in their lives. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but these items are my favourites that are guaranteed to be useful and will most definitely not be re-gifted!
1. A Stand Mixer
Don’t worry boys, this is one “appliance” she won’t mind getting. I got my Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas two years ago and it was the best gift ever. I use it constantly and it is much better than the old hand mixer I was using. It is also pink, which happens to be one of my favourite colours so I also love to display it. If you’re looking for one gift for the cake decorator or baker in your life, this one is it.
2. A Marble Rolling Pin
Like I said in a previous post, I love my marble rolling pin. It rolls dough and fondant effortlessly and it stand up to a LOT of use. Awesome.
3. Wilton Roll & Cut Mat
This is a necessity. You can roll out fondant and dough on it, and it has a handy grid for measuring. It is easy to clean and store and also very useful for working on fondant and gum paste accents as it contains the mess to the mat.
4. Food Colour Markers
These are like markers you draw with, but filled with food colour so they can be used on edible mediums. They are very handy for embellishing cookies and fondant and gumpaste figures or accents. Definitely worth having.
5. Fondant/Gumpaste/Cookie cutters, X-Acto Knife
These are definitely a must-have. There are different kits out there that include everything from flower cutters to alphabet and numbers as well as ones for different seasons and occasions and they make life so much easier than hand-forming of hand cutting everything. They can all be used for both fondant and gumpaste as well as cookie dough, so they are a real investment and you definitely get your money’s worth. Plus you get some fabulous and professional looking results. An X-Acto Knife used only for edible items is also extremely useful. It cuts fondant cleanly and easily and provides a clean edge you can’t get with a regular old knife. This is great for both covering cakes with fondant as well as for making embellishments.
6. Cake Pans
These are kind of obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t have proper cake pans. You don’t need to buy out the kitchen section at WalMart, but a few good quality pans in different shapes and sizes are definitely necessary. They also come in sets (for tiered cakes) and they are very sturdy and stand up to a lot of use and washing. Another very useful investment.
7. Piping Bags & Tips, Plastic Decorating Bottles
Again, kind of obvious but super useful, not just for decorating cakes and cupcakes but cookies too. It is also a good idea to have several of the most common tips (like the #2 and #3) so that you can use multiple colours of icing without having to empty and re-fill your piping bags. Wilton makes a few very handy sets that come with the most common tips which is a great place to start. The plastic bottles for candy-making are a life-saver for cookie icing. You can use them to decorate cookies and then store the icing in them after. They are reasonably priced, easy to find, and very durable.
8. A Cake Turn Table and Offset Spatulas
This handy little gadget allow you to turn your cake while frosting it so that you get perfectly even sides and tops. Much better then walking around the table in different directions to even out every spot on your cake. Offset spatulas in different sizes are very useful for both smoothing out both the filling and frosting on your cakes, ensuring a perfectly smooth and even finish every time. Way better than spreading frosting with a knife!
9. Icing Colours
Since nobody wants all-white cakes all the time, these are another must-have. There are a plethora of colours and types out there, but they all add some vibrant colour to your edible creations. Use them for colouring dough, fondant, gumpaste, frosting, waffle or pancake batter, etc. They are reasonably priced and can be purchased in sets or individually. A little also goes a long way so they also tend to last for quite a while.
10. Somewhere to Store Everything!
All supplies need a home! Plastic containers with lids are probably the best bet, since they are washable, stackable and sturdy. They keep everything organized and where you need it. Wilton makes some specifically for cake supplies, but really, any kind of sturdy container would do. Different sizes also help to keep those tiny items in place!
There you go, now start (or finish!) shopping! Your favourite baker might just thank you by making you something awesome with all their new supplies!
Have a sugarrific day!