Fave Finds is Erica OBrien Cake Design’s weekly list of the products, gizmos, gadgets, tools and must-haves we’re wanting, needing, buying or using. Have a great product you’d like to see on our list? We’d love to hear about it! Please feel free to leave a comment or contact us.
Here’s what’s in our shopping cart this week.
1. Ateco Geometric Cutter Set. I’m doing this really fun collaboration with Allison Kellerher from AK Cake Design and Erin Gardner from Wild Orchid Baking Company. I watched Allison’s Modern Mosaic Cakes Craftsy class (she’s totally adorable and I love her approach and creative process), and needed some square cutters to replicate her technique. None of the squares I had were quite right for the job, so Callan brought in her Ateco geometric set from home. I loved their perfect sizing , and bought a set for the shop.
2. 16″ cake stand. I know how hard it can be to find cake stands larger than 12″ in diameter, so you can imagine how happy I was to get this one in my shop. They come in round and square and are available in two different heights. It’s made of melamine so it’s super sturdy, lightweight, and easy to ship.
3. Press-Ice Polka Dot by FMM. I’ve been using a dot impression mat for years to achieve evenly spaced Swiss dots (just press into your fondant and it makes little dots all over, showing you just where to pipe). We always end up rubbing the mat with fondant smoothers to emboss the fondant more visibly, but the rubbing motion puts the mat at risk for shifting. This tool looks has little spikes, so I hope that it will eliminate the need to rub. They also make a slightly different tool that also makes dots (here, here, here), but to be frank I’m not sure of the difference. The Press-Ice comes in “Ribbon“, with only an inch or so of dots, and “Drape“.
4. PME Cutting Wheel. Jacqueline Butler introduced me to this gem of a tool several years ago. I took a class with her when I was living in California. It had been years since I’d taken any classes, and I wanted to understand more about sugar flowers. I was shocked at how much progress had been made in the field, and how many innovative tools and techniques were out there that I didn’t know about. It was then that I vowed to take at least one class every year.
5. My Craftsy class! You didn’t think I’d forget about that, did you? There’s so much to learn in this class. Plus, Craftsy has a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. Here’s a 50% off link for you. Hope you enjoy the class!