For me, I think it must be the bake even strips so far. Since I've used them, I haven't needed to level a cake!
1) The cake icer tip #789, cut the time you have to take to ice your cakes in HALF and you don't get as many crumbs.
2) My tool caddy, everything is in one place and organized so I can find things when I need them.
3) I know this is really simple but, couplers! I can change tips as many times as I need with only one bag.
4) My KitchenAid stand mixer, expensive but worth every single penny, and then some. Can't live without it.
5) My turntable, I love that thing soo much! It makes my life much easier.
6) 20" rolling pin, it feels really good in my hands and is a really good weight.
There are soo many favorites I have but I will be a good girl and let others have a turn too. :o)
cakedivawannabee....now don't laugh. I use a lot of the storage containers similar to what ponyjockey posted, I also use the mini clear storage drawers, the ones you can stack and set on a table. But my all time favorite organizer that I keep handy and stocked with all the basics is an extra large tackle box. Yes ma'm...I am not kidding. The kind that you flip the lid and the trays go out like an accordion to each side. They have tons of compartments of different sizes and the middle is nice and deep. My kids think it's a hoot that I use a tackle box....BUT....it was way cheaper than buying a cake organizer specifically. It works for me. I picked one up at Walmart for like $15 or so.
It's great to have so many pros take the time and effort to respond to us newbies. Thank you.
Today, I signed up for the basic course. I have never done any decorating of cakes or cookies.
Only just a flat boring icing or glace.
Don't laugh... * please *
Well ... since I got such a fantastic deal, I bought the big Wilton Ultimate decorating set while at Michaels where my course is being taught. Came home and emptied out all the little plastic bags and started to organize the contents into the blue tote. It is already FULL and I have three of those clear shoe boxes with lids filled as well. I haven't even had ONE leson yet.
One shoe box is filled with cookie cutters
One box has little jars of icing colours, box of toothpicks, sprinkles and coloured sugars and extract flavours
The third shoebox I put things that I thought I probably wouldn't be using for the basics course.
I have no room left to store any new supplies :(
I need to figure out a much better storage system that has room for me to grow and easier for me to take in and out of the car when I go to class.
A few questions for the pros here.
1. In the top part of the ultimate tote, they have a section for the tips that came with the tote. Two of the included tips are just too tall to fit in there and still be able to close the lids. Where do you put all of your tips so they remain together? I have the same issue with the couplers... the small ones fit in the top section but the big one ( Given to me by a friend ) doesn't fit into the compartment.
2. Taking everything into class. Do you gals make several trips back and forth to the car?
The Wilton ultimate decorating set doesn't have wheels and then I have 2 more shoeboxes of supplies. Plus we were told to bring a cloth to clean up and a bag for your dirty supplies and a container to take home class projects. I'm going to leave at home the shoe box with advanced supplies. I seriously don't want to look like a fool on my first class. What have others done?
3. The kit came with a round cardboard disc. I have no idea what it is for but do I need that for my first class? It doesn't fit into the tote. Do I need to take the practising board to the first lesson or is it for using at home?
4. Do we get a manual when we go to our first class? Also do we get a copy of the yearbook with our lessons?
5. The cashier who signed me up, told me to bring scissors, sticky notes and a pen and some paper. What are the sticky notes used on ? Do we need big scissors or just little ones? ... space is an issue here
1. The tips that don't fit upright? Can you lay them on their sides? If not, I use the extra tip cases to store most of my tips. I also have various tins that I use for the big tips and the couplers.
2. At the end of each class, you will be informed of what you need to bring to the next class for that specific project or lesson as well as what should should always have on hand..such as (wet cloths, dry towel, scissors, tape, glue stick, wax paper squares, paper towels, various sizes of plastic baggies, spatulas, practice board etc). I made more than one rip to my car once. When I go now, if I can't carry it all in one trip..I just use a buggy...easy as pie! I then take it all back to the car in a buggy. I organized all my stuff in a tackle box, a small piece of luggage...like a carry on tote? and a large shoulder bag.
3. The round board is probably for your cake for that class...not sure. I would take the practice board to every class. The first class...is just like an orientation mostly...you just take notes as the instructor goes over general things and such and you can ask questions.
4. Yes, you get an instruction book at the beginning of each course. It outlines all the classes for that particular course, what supplies you will need for each class and what specific techniques you will learn over the duration of the course. You do not receive a yearbook.
5. Not sure about the sticky notes? I would take a pad and pen so that you can jot down notes or questions and such. I took a note pad to every class...and the scissors...doesn't matter..big or small as long as they cut....lol
That's all I can think of right now..for you instructors and pros out there...please add on or correct me if I am wrong or misinforming twee..
You sure are on the button when you say this site is addictive. I love looking at all the artistic talent in the picts people have taken of their finished projects. However, I am keeping my hopes and goals less challenging.
1. I would like to learn how to make those puffy, swirly tops on cupcakes
2. How to ice a nice cookie and make it look tempting to eat.
Re: tips, no the largest 2 tips won't even fit on their sides ( I tried that already ). I just have to deposit them into one of the little pullout drawers below with the couplers.
Good tip about using a buggy from the store. Never even thought of that idea.
Twee - welcome to the forum !! I had about half a room full of stuff before I took my classes !!
Let me see - my favorite must have tool - hhhmmmmmmmmm - pretty much everything I use !! LOL Different tips, the cake leveler - small, icer tip, turntable, different fun cake pan shapes, disposable bags - wouldn't be without them !! colorings, large angled spatula - I call it the 'dinosaur' since it's so much bigger than the rest !! LOL pretty much anything else that comes to hand !!
For storage, I've got tons of storage containers - feels like I have shares in the companies !! LOL Here's a picture of part of my storage room !!
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My cake pans are a whole other issue !! LOL My daughter - Rhiann & I have over 300, and they don't fit in the room !!! We just keep the 'basic' shapes in the room - round, square, sheet pans, ovals, paisley, hexagons, hearts, petals, my new pillow pans, the others are elsewhere - but easily accessible !!
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