Excited about baking and (or) decorating cake? There are so many fun ideas to choose from when baking the perfect cake but sometimes, you don’t know where to begin, what equipment you would require.
WE'VE ASSEMBLED A LIST OF 6 BASIC BUT ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENTS NEEDED TO BAKE AND DECORATE A TASKY CAKE.
If you are new to baking, you should look to get your hands on these tools. Chances are that you already have some of these tools.
1. CAKE PANS
Cake pans are the ultimate key to creating beautiful cakes. As a result, there are plenty cake pans of all shapes, sizes and materials in the market. However, for a true professional, cake pans with straight sides instead of slanted gives the best result. By using straight sided pans, you save yourself a lot of time by eliminating the need to carve down edges for greatly even sides.
It is essential to use the correct pans and pan sizes. A heavy-duty silver-coloured pan would give you a more golden sides whilst a dark-coloured pan would absorb heat and make the sides of the cake darker.
2. PARCHMENT PAPER
Parchment paper can be used for a variety of things; they can also easily become your favourite equipment as they make clean up super easy for you! Parchment paper can be placed in the bottom of your cake when cutting the cake and it can also be placed in the bottom of your cake pan for a perfect release each time. When cutting off the top of your cake, you can place the cake on parchment paper and it will catch the mess for you.
It is also very useful to place the cake on parchment paper when layering it with fondant. This will not allow the fondant to stick to your surface which could cause tearing. It would also allow you to move the cake easily as the parchment allows an easy and safe slide around your surface.
Note: Parchment paper is not the same as wax paper and they cannot be interchanged in baking. Do not put wax paper in the oven or it will smoke up your house.
3. CAKE BOARDS/DRUMS
Stability and strength is important to every cake. Therefore, every cake needs its own cake board. Cake boards holds the cakes together by providing stability and strength. Cake drums are usually thicker as they consist of three cake boards pressed and glued together and then foiled. These are very useful for large cakes.
Beauty is key to any cake. To achieve this beauty, the spatula is paramount to clean crumb coating and final coating of the cake. Spread your icing using spatula and once you have a thick coat of icing, you can use the spatula to smoothen it out.
Avoid leaving cake mixture or melted chocolate in your bowl by using a bendy spatula which can easily skim around the sides. We highly recommend Belle Vous 3 Pieces spatula set for all cake sizes.
The purpose of a whisk is to give volume and aerate foods and therefore they are important for baking cake. It is essential to have whisks when baking as in addition to whipping cream, whisking egg whites and gently folding in flour, you can also use it to remove lumps from sauces. Whisking and creaming is made much easier with an electric whisk but can be more expensive.
6. ROLLING PINS
Rolling pins are not only useful for rolling out fondants for decorations but they are useful for baking in general and can be used for various things you might want to bake.
We recommend using Belle Vous Stainless Steel Rolling Pins. They have no handles in order to eliminate breakage and boost control. They are more hygienic as they are easy to wash and allow easy rolling of dough and fondants of any sizes.