This article is about the actual tools you’ll need to create the magnificent cakes it is possible to charge high prices for.
First, you’ll need an oven. (I understand, it looks like a what temp for pie crust no-brainer, right?) But you do want to make sure 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. No need to upgrade to an expensive commercial grade oven until your cake decorating business really takes off.
Next, a high quality, durable stand mixer. 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 each day in her cake decorating business.
Spending some money on an excellent quality Turntable is an excellent investment. As you grow your organization and obtain into more elaborate cakes, you’ll appreciate the versatility. It is possible to search for ones with motors – or ones that you manually turn. In any event is fine.
Baking Pans should be the next thing on your own list. There are several different pans you’ll need–from small round pans (6″ and up) to large rectangular pans–and everything among. If you are doing this on a commercial basis, usually do not buy registered trademark character pans. They may be fine for home birthday parties, but are an infringement on trademark in the event that you try to sell them. Its not necessary 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
– Tips for creating borders, petals, leaves, etc.
– A good quality digital camera for future marketing of your cake decorating business
I explain each one of these in more detail in my own book.
These basic tools will get you started. As your confidence and skills grow, you might find a need for more specialized equipment. But this can get you started!
Katie Ryan shares her incredible secrets to business and decorating success in her Cake Decorating Business Secrets. To find out more – and get a FREE copy of “Cake Decorating FOR NOVICES” a helpful how-to book on the best and easiest cake decorating techniques.