Whether you are new to the cake scene or are a seasoned professional, you have more than likely fallen victim to the abyss of never ending cake supplies. Yes, don’t be ashamed, it happens to the best of us. We go to Michaels, we go to Hobby Lobby, and we get sucked into the cake aisle, never to be seen again. “But certainly I need this.” “I’ve always wanted one of those.” “I’m sure I will need one of these one day.” As a result, the price tag keeps going higher and higher, to the point where no 40% off coupon can save you now.
Does this sound like you? Do you get as overwhelmed as I do when you come face to face with every spatula, mold, cutter, impression mat, or new gimmick? Do the prices seem to be so outrageous and you are not sure that you will ever use the item or items again?
There is help. Did you know that there is a way for you to make beautiful cakes or even cakes in disguise, without having to break the bank? Did you know there are items in the universe that can be purchased without taking out a small loan? Follow me, we are headed to the dollar store… A land where, you guessed it, EVERYTHING is a dollar! Don’t believe me, it’s true. You may not be able to stock up your supply closet but there are some surprisingly affordable resources to be found, sometimes you just have to step away from the craft store and get creative.
Egg Plate/ Petal Dryer
Egg plates are great for drying or shaping petals. They can also be used as cavities for use to paint gel color or petal dusts
Ribbon/ Diamond Wrap
Ribbon can be used for bedazzling or giving a finished look to your cake board.
A bench scraper can be used for smoothing out the sides of you cake.
Baby Wash Clothes
Baby wash clothes are a great reusable way of getting fondant or gum paste items damp, but not wet, to adhere to your cake, without using paint brushes or paper towels. Just wet them, squeeze out the excess water, and you’re ready to go. Repeat wetting as needed.
Styrofoam provides unlimited uses for those times that can’t be made of cake. It is great for items such as ball cakes or complex shapes that need a stable base to build upon.
Use a pizza wheel for trimming off excess fondant and gum paste.
Felt feet are good for use under your cake board to allow your fingers space to be able lift and maneuver it.
A glass bottle allows for the ability to make your own vanilla extract. Just insert the ingredients, let it mellow for some months, and voila, vanilla extract.
A shaker is for use with your preference of powdered sugar or corn starch for dusting your work surface in preparation for fondant or gumpaste.
Gripper pads keep your cake from sliding around on your turn table while icing or any other time you don’t want things shifting around.