An Orange Chevron Cake… and my weirdness 😉
I’m a little weird (or a lot?!) and sometimes my thought process takes me to strange places….
… so a couple of days ago, I was working on a cake… that cake pictured up there actually… and thinking about my parents in Thailand on a mission trip. And thinking about my friend Jennifer who is about to move to a foreign country with her family to live – as missionaries. And my best friend Kathy – who lives in Italy, as a missionary…. and I was thinking about cake…. because that’s what was in my hands….
I got to thinking that if God called me to be a missionary – I would hope to be able to do cake wherever He called me to… but also thinking that the missionaries I know don’t always get to take a lot of things with them when they go….
…which led me to thinking about my absolute-must-have-can’t-live-without-cake tools. The things I use on almost every single cake I do. Things I’d just have to take with me if I were called to live in another country, didn’t have “cake resources” but` still wanted to do cake.
I wanted to keep my list short and in the end, there were only ten items that I felt I must have…. ten things I use on every cake…. every time. (Please note, probably 95% of my cakes are covered in fondant, so these include some fondant tools.)
Here they are:
2. Couplers (without a notch) or my large round tip #805…. again, these are for the dam frosting. I’d actually probably take the entire large tube set (it’s small) … use it all.the.time! The border of this cake is done with a large round tip (not as big as the #805 though).
3. Bench Scraper. Best.Tool.Ever. for smoothing the sides of a cake – an all buttercream cake or a cake to be covered in fondant. Must have!! Oh, and please, please get the kind that is all metal with it curved around for a handle. Don’t get one with a plastic or wooden handle. Trust me!
6. The Mat – I’ve already told you why I love it… alot.
7. Pizza Wheel. I use it to cut/trim fondant and sometimes to cut designs. For this cake I used it to cut my chevron pattern into smaller sections.
8. Fondant smoothers – the large rectangular ones like Ateco and Fat Daddio make are the best. I don’t just use these for fondant though… I use them along with a Viva paper towel to smooth my buttercream cakes!
9. Ateco Turntable. #613 is the one I have and absolutely love it!
10. Xacto Knife. If I had nothing else to cut out shapes with, I could free-hand with my Xacto knife…. like I did for this “M”. It was made from modeling chocolate and I just rolled it out thin, then cut the M.
Now… as honorable mentions, I have to say I reach for my FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter every weekend – maybe not on every cake but on many, many of them and it’s an invaluable tool for me! And my extruder… love, love, love it (as indicated here).
For this cake, the only other tools that I can think of that I used was the chevron cutter from CheapCookieCutters.com. Now, you could’ve done it with a printed pattern and an Xacto knife (following the instructions in the Clean & Simple Craftsy Cake class – read more about it here) but I opted to use my chevron cutter and then used my pizza wheel to cut it into sections.
Update about the cake: This was an 8″ round vanilla cake, filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream. For the chevron pattern and the “M”, I used modeling chocolate – following the Wilton recipe (they call it candy clay). I absolutely fell in love with modeling chocolate when doing this cake… it was SO easy and wow… I’ve been missing out! The colors were all done with Americolor Electric Colors… Electric Green, Orange and Blue. I piped on the border using a large-ish round tip.
Now it’s your turn… what are your can’t-live-without tools? What did I forget? Do you use the items I listed? Please leave me a comment – I’d love to have your thoughts!!