This article is about the actual tools you’ll need to create the magnificent cakes you can charge high prices for.
First, you’ll absolutely need an oven. (I know, it seems like a 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. baking soda and vinegar for cleaning oven
Next, a high quality, heavy duty stand mixer. I recommend the KitchenAid 5 Quart Artisan models for their durability and performance. My grandmother bought a second hand one over 20 years ago and used it every day in her cake decorating business.
Spending some money on a good quality Turntable is a good investment. As you grow your business and get into more elaborate cakes, you’ll appreciate the versatility. You can look for ones with motors – or ones that you manually turn. Either way is fine.
Baking Pans need to be the next thing on your list. There are several different pans you’ll need–from small round pans (6″ and up) to large rectangular pans–and everything in between. If you are doing this on a commercial basis, do not buy registered trademark character pans. They may be fine for home birthday parties, but are an infringement on trademark if you try to sell them. You don’t need the legal hassles.
A few other necessities include:
- Cooling Racks – Large ones for large project
- Spatulas (certain types are 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 of these in more detail in my 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!