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.
1. If I ever turn 26 again, my bearded hipster boyfriend and I will live in Brooklyn. I will be much, much cooler than I ever was in real life, and will do a lot of baking (wearing a vintage apron, natch), and when we go to visit friends, I will transport all my treats in this vintage-inspired CAKE tin.
2. My friend Anne of A. Party Style has this 22″x 28″ Wilton icing tips poster in her commercial kitchen and I love it. It’s both practical (it’s coated in plastic so any buttecream splatters can be easily wiped off) and decorative (in a decorate-my-commercial-kitchen type way). and with buttercream flowers coming back, it’s basically a necessity in any bakery.
3. Bulk gold luster dust. We used an unbelievable amount of gold luster last summer, and will probably use even more this summer. It’s much less expensive to buy in bulk, and at $39 for 2 ounces (the equivalent of about 56 of those little 2 gram containers), this was the cheapest I could find. There are many different golds out there, so you might want to buy smaller quantities until you figure out which one you like. But don’t forget: You CAN mix dusts, so for example if the gold you buy is too yellow, you can combine it with a more brown gold for the perfect finish.
4. A 32-ounce bottle of this Nielsen Massey vanilla paste lasts forever, and at about $1 per ounce, it’s almost half the price per ounce of the 4-ounce bottles. It imparts the perfect vanilla flavors to cakes and buttercreams, and something about seeing those flecks of vanilla bean makes me happy.