This article is about the specific 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 best round cake pans no-brainer, right?) Nevertheless, you do want to ensure that your oven heats evenly–and doesn’t burn in a single corner while undercooking in another. You should use your regular oven it it fits the bill. No need to upgrade to a pricey commercial grade oven until your cake decorating business really will take off.
Next, a high quality, durable stand mixer. I recommend the KitchenAid 5 Quart Artisan models because of their durability and performance. My grandmother bought another 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 an effective investment. As you grow your organization and obtain into more elaborate cakes, you’ll appreciate the versatility. It is possible to 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 lots of different pans you’ll need–from small round pans (6″ or more) to large rectangular pans–and everything among. If you are achieving this on a commercial basis, 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. Its not necessary the legal hassles.
Additional necessities include:
– Cooling Racks – Large ones for large project
– Spatulas (certain types are more useful than others)
– Piping Bags
– Strategies 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 book.
These basic tools will get you started. As your confidence and skills grow, you might find a dependence on more specialized equipment. But this will get you started!
Katie Ryan shares her incredible tips for business and decorating success in her Cake Decorating Business Secrets. For more information – and get a FREE copy of “Cake Decorating FOR NOVICES” a helpful how-to book on the very best and easiest cake decorating techniques.