When I started decorating cakes ( long long time ago ) I would get excited to learn any little thing to become better at cakes. In between those years there were moments I felt like quitting, after all it is not easy to have a family, a full time job and a dog. Not too long ago I decided to give the cakes a rest for a while and try to focus on my family and mainly focus on sleep time (very well deserved after having two babies in a two year period + the other things).
I have heard a lot of opinions and all of them very valid and deserving to be followed, some of them encouraging me to pursue my dream of cakes and other to pursue my other dream: my family. What I have learn is that I can achieve both and enjoy them fully if I have a good attitude and set realistic goals. Do not get discourage because you cannot accomplish all your dreams now, there is time it is just a matter to know how to use it and keep praying and stay focus on your goal, with work patience and perseverance you will get there. The funny part is that having a good attitude makes me more creative and I can give the best in me to others. Positive attitude and smile!!!
The ten must have tools for a cake decorator in my opinion to make your cake time easier and enjoyable are:
1. Mixer. This is a life saving, well more like a time saving. with a stand mixer you can multitask and have your cake or buttercream faster.
2.Turntable. I would say turntables since you can have one for icing the cake, another one for decorating and one more for decorating with an angle. I personally have 2 Wilton brand, the professional and the one you can use on an angle. A third one which I really like when icing is a ateco brand, that thing can spin. You can even use it to spin your kids ( which I did, and after that had to hide it away)
3.Spatula. This tool is to fill, ice, and help move the cake. Make sure to get all sizes and the angled ones.
4.Scraper . Or even better if you can get a "Five way painter tool". These will help you to really smooth the cake way better than just the spatula.
5.Leveler. Check your cake to be leveled or otherwise you can have trouble when stacking them up.
6.Knife. Hold it right there.....no cutting the cake yet, but cut the top edges of the frosting after you smoothed it with the scraper.
7.Ruler. A ruler is handy to smack those little cake eaters' hands, or to check for height.
8.Silicone mat. A very convenient tool when rolling out the fondant, draping it on the cake or moving around the fondant/cake. I recommend you to get a very large one, i know it is a little bit expensive but it is worth.
9.Pizza cutter. hmmm, I'll eat the pizza and you keep the cutter. Handy tool when trimming the excess fondant. I am still thinking about the pizza!
10. PVC pipe. This is awkward but yes, a PVC pipe to roll out fondant very smoothly, carry and drape over cake.
An once again get some coffee, patient and have fun with it. After everything is done you can lick the buttercream from the spatula, mixer bowl or even your counter.