If you’re thinking of launching your own cake making business but you really aren’t sure what kind of equipment you’ll need – that could be a sign that you’re not quite ready to do this professionally – yet. The beauty of going professional with your cake-making hobby is that you should already have in your home a lot of the equipment that you need.
It is true, however, that once your level of clientele increases, you may have to invest in some of the more “industrial level” tools of your trade, but tread carefully! Don’t fall into the trap of spending more than you need to, or more than you can afford, before you’ve even sold your first cake. You may be able to make some very good money without buying anything at all.
What follows is a list of basic equipment that could be found in the kitchen of the average cake-making enthusiast. If you have everything in this list, then (after you buy some ingredients of course) you have everything you need to get started. Likewise, don’t worry if you are missing some of the things here: you won’t need to use all these items all of the time. This is particularly true of the decorative items – what you use to decorate your cakes will depend on the type of cake you’re making (birthday, wedding, anniversary, etc.).
Assorted baking tins: different shapes (square, heart, rectangle, round, etc.) and sizes.
Greaseproof paper: used to line your baking tin and stop your cake getting stuck in there!
Cake decorating tools: shape cutters (for making edible, or non-edible) shapes (e.g. butterflies, flowers, hearts) to go on top of your cake; icing smoothers (for the top and sides of the cake) to make your icing sit nice and flat.
Cake boards: attractive boards on which the cake is placed when it’s finished – these also come in different shapes, colors and sizes.
Cake boxes: these are what you put the cake in to deliver the client- the box should be attractive and matched to the type of cake you’ve made.
Decorative Bits And Pieces
Doilies: these are used as an attractive cover for the cake board. Some people find them a bit old fashioned, but nothing sets off a traditional cake as well as an attractive lacy doily peeping out from underneath.
Ribbons: again, another traditional favorite for putting around the cake. The more colors and patterns you have, the more you can experiment.
Stems: stems with a decorative item on top are stuck into the cake, often in the center, so that the decorative piece is visible but the stem is not. Birthday cakes, for example, are often made complete with stems that show numbers, representing the age of the birthday girl or boy.
Cake toppers – cake toppers are very similar to stems in the way they function, but usually they are fitted with 3D figurines. The traditional bride and groom figurines on a wedding cake are a good example of a cake topper.