This article is about the actual tools you will have to create the magnificent cakes it is possible to 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 hand held mixer heats evenly–and doesn’t burn in one corner while undercooking in another. You can utilize your regular oven it it fits the bill. No need to upgrade to a pricey commercial grade oven until your cake decorating business really takes off.
Next, a high quality, heavy duty stand mixer. I recommend the KitchenAid 5 Quart Artisan models for his or her durability and performance. My grandmother bought another hand one over twenty 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 organization 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 must 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 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 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
– Tips for creating borders, petals, leaves, etc.
– A good quality camera for future marketing of one’s 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 may find a need for 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.