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?) But you do want to ensure that your oven heats evenly–and doesn’t burn in one corner while undercooking in another. You need to 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, heavy duty 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 a great investment. dough sticking to rolling pin As you grow your business and get into more elaborate cakes, you’ll appreciate the versatility. You can search 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 numerous different pans you’ll need–from small round pans (6″ and up) to large rectangular pans–and everything among. If you are achieving 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. You don’t 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
– Tips for creating borders, petals, leaves, etc.
– A good quality 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 might 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. To find out more – and get a FREE copy of “Cake Decorating FOR NOVICES” a helpful how-to book on the very best and easiest cake decorating techniques.