This article is about the actual tools you will have to create the magnificent cakes you can charge high prices for.
First, you’ll need an oven. (I know, it seems like a no-brainer, right?) Nevertheless, you do want to ensure that your oven heats evenly–and doesn’t burn in one corner while undercooking in another. You can use your regular oven it it fits the bill. You don’t need to upgrade to an expensive commercial grade oven until your cake decorating business really will take off.
Next, a high quality, durable stand mixer. french rolling pin wood I recommend the KitchenAid 5 Quart Artisan models for their durability and performance. My grandmother bought a second hand one over twenty years ago and used it every day in her cake decorating business.
Spending some money on an excellent quality Turntable is a good investment. As you grow your business and get into more elaborate cakes, you’ll appreciate the versatility. It is possible to look for ones with motors – or ones that you manually turn. In any event is fine.
Baking Pans have to be the next thing on your list. There are many different pans you’ll need–from small round pans (6″ or more) to large rectangular pans–and everything in between. If you are doing this on a commercial basis, usually do not buy registered trademark character pans. They might be fine for home birthday parties, but are an infringement on trademark in the event that you try to sell them. You do not need the legal hassles.
A few other necessities include:
– Cooling Racks – Large ones for large project
– Spatulas (certain types tend to be more useful than others)
– Piping Bags
– Strategies for creating borders, petals, leaves, etc.
– A good quality camera for future marketing of one’s cake decorating business
I explain each of these in more detail in my own book.
These basic tools will get you started. As your confidence and skills grow, you may find a need for more specialized equipment. But this will get you started!
Katie Ryan shares her incredible secrets to business and decorating success in her Cake Decorating Business Secrets. For more information – and get a FREE copy of “Cake Decorating For Beginners” a helpful how-to book on the very best and easiest cake decorating techniques.