What Do I Need To Bake A Cake?
One of the most important parts of cake decorating is having a cake to decorate. That means baking a cake.
Now, whether you plan to bake from a box or bake from scratch is entirely up to you, but making sure that you have the right equipment to do the job is just as important as the ingredients.
One of the best tools you could have in your kitchen is a standing mixer. Standing Mixers like KichenAid or Sunbeam are great to help whip up your cakes and icings in no time flat. They are easy to use and in my opinion a must as a cake decorator. I have broken my share of mixers over the past few years, two to be exact, and so a good quality mixer is a must.
Hand mixers will also work when it comes to the cake but is difficult to use when doing icing. It can be done, it’s just exhausting.
There is nothing like a rubber spatula to help you scrape the sides of your bowl when making a cake. I use rubber spatulas of various sizes for several different tasks when I bake and decorate cakes. It’s even great just to cook with. I think it is important to have a large, medium, and small rubber spatula to meet all the needs you may have. Also a must, in my opinion, is getting a set that is a seamless design. This will eliminate the problems I currently have with food particles and water getting caught in the little pocket that the handle slips into on the rubber blade. That area is hard to clean and just gets to be annoying.
Now this goes without saying. You can’t bake a cake without cake pans and you want to get ACTUAL cake pans that have straight sides, not slanted ones. That is why using your 8×8 or 9×13 glass casserole dishes won’t work well…they have slanted sides that you will have to cut free hand to get straight sides. Cake pans are fairly inexpensive and easy to clean. I would recommend getting, to start out with, two 8inch or 9inch round pans. Just until you get the hang of properly cutting and icing your cake and decorating it, after that you can add to your growing collection of cake products.
All-Vegetable Shortening is very versatile when it comes to decorating cakes. I use shortening for greasing my pans so the cakes will come out nice and easy. I just take a dollop on my fingers and rub it all around the bottom of the pan and on the sides. Shortening will also be used for making icing and for fondant, which I will post about at a later date.
Parchment paper has become my special friend since I learned of a trick to get my cakes out of the pans even easier. I just trace out the shape of the bottom of the pan on the parchment paper, then cut it out, and place it on the bottom of the pan.
“But you just said you grease the pan with the shortening!”
Yes, I did say that and I will be going into more detail about that in a later post. This post is so you know what you will need to just get ready to make the cake.
Other items that you need that I think go without saying are measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixing bowls, and ingredients for the cake.
If you have any questions about where to purchase these items or questions regarding the need for them, just leave me a comment below.