10 Amazing Christmas Gifts for a Cake Decorator
It’s the perfect time to buy Christmas Gifts and if you looking to buy something for a cake decorator; here are 10 amazing Christmas gifts for a cake decorator recommendation from me.
Every year I indulge in this discussion on what to get as a gift!!
Last year my husband got me my Dinkdy Doodle Airbrush. Five years ago he got me my subscription to Paul Bradfords Online School. Four years ago he got me my K-Mix. These were of course what I requested instead of jewelry. I LOVE jewelry and he know it’s the key to my hear but as a new cake decorator I found that cake toys had become my priority……. Ah well, it still is.
I think it’s a great time to think of what you want to give a friend or loved one for Christmas. I’m a big fan of books so often I will send friends some books or even cake toys like lace mats or molds to my cake friends.
Yesterday we were again discussing Christmas Gifts in our Cake Decorating group. I thought it was a great idea to write about it in my post here and share it with you. Guess what? I even got some special deals and discounts for you !!!
10 Amazing Christmas Gifts for a Cake Decorator
I’m going to start with the high range first.
- Cake Mixer ranging form — $450 – $500
- Subscription to a School – $ 20 – 200
- Airbrush ranging from —- $ 79 – $ 100
- Pasta Maker ranging from —–$24 – $ 124
- Sugar Shapers ranging from ——$48 ( x 2 or 3 or 4)
- Books ranging from —– $ 25 – $13
- Cake Toys such as HHSK , Molds, mats, lace $ 15 to ++++
- Aprons – $30 ++
- Cake Stands ranging from —- $ 50 — $80
- Calculated Recipe Collections from my online Shop. – 24.95
Let’s discuss these in details shall we
10 Amazing Christmas Gifts for a Cake Decorator
1. Cake Mixer –
Now if you have a cake person in your life – this is a must have!! I cannot tell what a time saver it is. It makes life so much easier. I don’t think I can live without my K-Mix or my Food Processor. They were both gifts that I got from my husband over the years. I like making life simple in the kitchen and cake room.
Now I have the Kenwood K-mix but the Kitchen Aid is also a very popular brand among cake decorators. Heck the cake mixer is so important I have a whole post on it explaining what you should look for when buying one. read here The best stand mixer for a home baker.
2. The GIFT of Education !!
A Subscription to a School or a Video Tutorial. The most valuable gift I think?
Often among friends we gift each other Video Tutorials as Birthday or Christmas Gifts.
5 years ago, my husband gave me this as a Christmas Gift!! A Subscription to Paul Bradford online school and today I am a member of Paul Bradford School, Yeners Way Cake Art School, Sugar Ed Productions, Avalon Cake School and yes, I do have close to 100 tutorials on Craftsy. Honeslty; each and every one is worth it. I have learned SO MUCH!! It has taken my cake decorating skills to where I am today.
To me money spent on education is worth every penny. And to show you how important it is ? I have sourced two special discount for you – yes just for my blog visitors.
Paul Bradford has offered a 20% discount and Yeners way has offered 50% discount.
Yeners Way has offered a 50% discount to their Annual as well as Individual tutorials – Yeners Way Cake Art Tutorials/Subscription
Paul Bradford has offered a 20% discount to their Annual Subscription as well as Individual Tutorials – you can check it out here
On Craftsy you can have all the classes you want. And they often have amazing sale opportunities too.
A lot of the beginners think this is for advance cake decorators and they need a lot of experience to start airbrushing. Not true!
Airbrush is like a little toy in the hands of an artist.Once you start using it and once you know the basics this little pen in your hand can create wonders. It will guide you in artistic places you have no clue existed in your mind. I speak from experience. I never thought I’d be able to airbrush a scenery. But I did and I’m no painter nor do I have any artist background.
The four most popular ones I know are Master Airbrush, Dinky Doodle, Clairella and Cassie Brown. I have a Dinky Doodle and a Magic Colours Airbrush. Though the Clairella is on my wish list. Shhh….. don’t tell my husband.
4. Pasta Maker
I bet you wondering why am I giving pasta make to a cake decorator? Well it’s a true blessing to your hands. I roll a lot of stuff in the pasta maker. For one I don’t have to roll so much, plus the roller gives you a smooth even sheet. Making sugar flowers can be so easy, because you can roll the gumpaste to a number one so smooth and with no folds and wrinkles.
I must admit it took me a while to get one myself because I never realized how easy it could make my life. I do make pasta but this baby does more cake decorating than pasta. Now you don’t need any fancy brand really. But you do need one that will handle some wear and tear. If you can afford it get the Pasta attachment with your K-mix or Kitchen Aid. I could not afford the K-mix attachment when I purchased mine.
Here are two good ones I believe
5. Sugar Shapers
This is now the new modeling tool I think any cake decorator should have in her basic cake decorating tools. I use it almost ALL THE TIME! The yellow Dresden tool use to be my favorite tool and god knows how many of those I have broken.
This is now my new favorite. Good quality, excellent grip! you can use it when sculpting your cakes or when sculpting your figures. Its’ so versatile. In fact I love using this so much I have a blog post about it. Cake Decorating Sculpting tools
Sugar Shapers has given my blog visitors – yes you again!! a special 15% discount on their sugar shapers – Log in here at Innovative Sugarworks and when you doe adding things to your cart type the coupon code GIFTS15 at checkout
These comes in sets of 4 from small soft , large soft, small firm to large firm. You can buy these on Amazon as well. Here’s what they look like.
No matter how many video tutorials are out there, books will always have a special place when learning. I have so many cake decorating and food recipe books I truly treasure. I still buy books anytime a great book is realeased.
Here are three recent books I think very highly about and would make great gifts.
Cakes in Bloom is my favorite when it comes to Sugar Flowers for a beginner to advance. I use it almost all the time when I am making flowers for my wedding cakes. Buy on Book Depository with free world wide shipping
The last book is about sugar figures – Fun Figure – cute character cake toppers for all occasions. I love this book and is a great basic to have when modeling figures. Buy on Book Depository with Free world wide shipping.
7. Cake Toys!! It could be equipment, molds, texture mat..the list is endless and the price can be as little as $15 dollars. –
Ask a cake decorator and she never has enough of these. I swear!! Go ahead ask me?
You can buy something small or big depending on your budget. Here are a few suggestions from me.
High Heel Shoe Kit
This is the modern trend in cake decorating. Almost every one wants to make sugar shoes at least ones. They have the ability to give that wow factor that comes to women cakes. These High heel shoe kits are not cheap. Often we try to make them with DIY products but take it from me when it comes to sugar shoes having the right tools can make a huge difference. Don’t ask me how I know that..
We can’t do without cake pans; can we? When I started off I had only the basic round pans and almost all the other pans were on my wishlist for along time. Personally I do not spend money on buying sculpted cake pans like characters etc. But I do believe that we have to have some basic pans – like the basic set ofround pans, square pans, sphere pans.
If she’s not a new cake decorator then she probably already has those, and the next i’d like to look into would be those shapes that are a bit time consuming and cake waste to cut with a template such as Hexagon, Petal
These have now become the time savers to any cake decorator. Gone are those days when we spent hours creating intricate details pains taking cutting or molding each piece separately. Silicons molds have become a true blessing. These can be very inexpensive to very expensive depending on what and which you buy.
Some of the good quality molds you will are Marvelous Molds, Katy Sue, Karen Davies, First Impression, These will last you longer and of course are food safe.
Some of my favorite and most used molds are
Texture is the new trend in cake designs. Almost every cake decorator today is trying to create and thing of new textues that she can create on her cake either thru molds or by unique new techniques. Texture mats are the new and most fascinating use on fondant and modelign chocolate. Be it wood bark or stone texture.
8. Cake Stands –
NO NO NO NO!! This is not cake toys.. this is an obsession. Believe it or not.. a cake decorator has a special place in her cake room for these – no matter how small her work space is!
Cake stands are a cake decorators collective item. She can never have enough of them! NEVER ! It’s like her collection of shoes; they are never enough. You can never go wrong with cake stands. Usually we love them all.
9. Aprons – the cutest stuff!!
My most recent craze!! Flirty Aprons. I picked a cute one for my Rhea and she flaunts it with pride. They really do have a beautiful selection. These would be a great buy as a Christmas Gift. If you are a woman I don’t need to say more.. do I? I know !!
Such amazing designs – Perfect gift for any woman.. I think!!
10. I saved the best for last.. aww.. I hope you like it.
Calculated Recipe Collections – from me!
I think one of the most annoying things is having to calculate or figure out how much batter you need for your cake? Do I double? Some recipes it works well in some you end up with a total different out come.
I know!! Been there many times.
My years and years of baking has led me to realize that you have to make a recipe test before you give it to your customer. ONE customer is all it takes to ruin so much hard work. So I have been making my own calculations and saving them over time.
Now I have put them in a folder just for you. So you don’t have to go thru the same disappointments and heart ache I have been thru.
So as a Christmas Gift for you .. My two most popular recipes / Top Sellers – 50% off – just type the code – CHRIS2016 at checkout.
My Christmas Wish list!!
Last of all. Wanna know what’s on my wishlist for Christmas? – A new camera.
But Santa ain’t going to buy it this year. Hopefully next year for my Birthday present! I shared a lot about my camera and my photography in this post
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