Here are some holiday gift ideas for the baker or cake decorator in your life.
Stocking Stuffers Under $10
Mini Roller Cutter
This 1 1/2″ stainless steel roller cutter is handy for all kinds of decorating projects involving fondant, modeling chocolate, gumpaste, cookie cutting, and gingerbread house making.
Ultra Mini Roller Cutter
(PME Double Ended Rolling Wheel)
The rollers on this tiny plastic gadget are 1/2” and 1/4”. Ideal for detailed cutting projects involving fondant, modeling chocolate, gumpaste, cookie cutting, and gingerbread house making.
Icing Bag Ties
Great for keeping cloth or disposable piping bags tidy and closed in the back. Especially handy on cake deliveries, in teaching environments, and when decorating with kids as these ties help keep frostings and fillings inside the pastry bag.
Gifts Under $30
Small 9” Offset Spatula
This small offset spatula is one of the most-used tools in baking and cake decorating. Bakers can never have enough of these.
Round Cutter Set
Another essential for both baking and cake decorating.
“Cake Delivery On Board” Rear Car Magnets
From Sugar High Inc., these magnetic signs are perfect for slapping onto the back of your car when you have to make a delicate wedding or specialty cake delivery. Available in various shapes, sizes, and colors.
Showcase your beautiful baked creations with Bakedrops from Sugar High Inc. These vinyl patterned backdrops are perfect for photographing cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and toppers. Can be wiped clean and rolled up for storage.
Gold or Silver Leaf Sheets
These packs of CornucAupia real gold and silver leaf make great stocking stuffers for cake, cookie, chocolate, and candy makers.
24K Edible Gold Leaf 2″ x 2″ sheets, pack of 25 sheets
Pure Edible Silver Leaf, pack of 25 sheets
Gold or Silver Leaf Flakes
Another fun stocking stuffer idea: jars of CornucAupia gold or silver leaf flakes.
Pure Edible Silver Leaf Flakes, 0.05 g jar
24K Edible Gold Leaf Flakes, 0.1 g jar
Flower Blossoms Plunger Cutter Set of 4
Plunger cutters are great for quickly and efficiently punching blossom decorations out of fondant, modeling chocolate, gumpaste, sugarpaste, or cookie dough. Makes ¼”, 3/8″, ½”, and 1″ diameter flower blossom shapes
Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate
THE reference book for cake decorators who already know how to use fondant and are ready to start experimenting with modeling chocolate.
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
This is basically an encyclopedia on the science of ingredients and how they interact with one another. For anyone who is curious about the chemistry of cooking and baking, this is the best possible reference to own. Makes a great gift for nerdy foodies.
Serrated Cake Knife
For slicing cake layers, I recommend a long serrated knife with a wide but thin blade.
Pastry Bag Support Stand
Acts like a second set of hands while filling any kind of piping bag. Comes apart for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe. I love mine!
Silicone Hemesphere Molds
One of each of these molds would be a great long term investment for creative dessert makers. They can be used for baking desserts in the oven or for chocolate molding or for setting delicate decorations made of fondant, modeling chocolate, gumpaste, or sugarpaste. If someone you love makes a lot of edible flowers for cake decoration, this would make an especially excellent gift.
Amazon Product Links:
1. Large Silicone Mold
2. Medium Silicone Mold
3. Small Silicone Mold
Silicone Rolling Pin
I like the silicone Wilton rolling pin because it
comes apart for easy cleaning.
This 15″ wood turntable works well for cake torting and decorating. The best thing about it is that it hardly takes up any space.
Gifts Under $100
Cake 101 & Cake 102 DVDs by Pink Cake Box
The Fundamentals of Frosting and Fondanting Cakes
Cake 101 DVD ►find it on Amazon.com
Cake 102 DVD ►find it on Amazon.com
This is a great starter kit for cake enthusiasts! Anne Heap is the owner of the bakery, Pink Cake Box in Denville, New Jersey, U.S.A. She runs a busy bakery using this foolproof system for building and frosting her cakes. You can tell when you’re watching these videos that Anne is a real pro. If you’ve always wondered how she gets her cakes to look so clean and polished, here’s how.
Full sheets of parchment paper work so much better than the stuff that comes on a roll. I recommend Quilon coated parchment paper. Full sheets can be cut down to whatever size is needed.
Cake Pan Sets
I recommend Fat Daddio’s anodized aluminum cake pans. 2″ or 3″ size are the best for home ovens. Here are two great nesting sets:
link to 3″ deep round cake pans set of 7
link to 3″ deep square cake pans set of 7
Gifts Over $100
Cuisinart Food Processor, 14-cup
This powerful food processor comes in handy for chopping nuts and processing ingredients such as cream cheese and buttercream. It comes with a set of blades for different tasks and is powerful enough to handle bigger baking jobs.
Stand Mixer with 3 Attachments and Splash Guard
This 6 quart KitchenAid stand mixer is big enough to handle double batches of dough and batter. It comes with a paddle attachment, whisk attachment, and dough hook as well as a plastic splash guard with pouring spout for messier projects.
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