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.
It’s been a while since we did a Fave Finds! I thought this was a perfect week to share these Valentine’s-inspired favorite finds.
1. Lace Tray. I just love this. So romantic. We recently started packaging some of our baked goods differently at the shop and I needed some new display trays. I came across this one from One Kings Lane in my search for the perfect tray.
3. Satin Ice pre-colored fondant. I mean, it’s not that I just discovered this stuff. It’s that I have a new-found appreciation for it. For many years, I’ve prided myself on my ability to transform white fondant into any custom color. I consider myself kind of like the Home Depot of fondant color matching. About a month ago, however, I started work on a top-secret project (no, seriously, I signed a legally-binding non-disclosure form and everything) using Satin Ice pre-mixed colors exclusively. It’s just so dang convenient to have all those colors, perfectly pre-mixed, at my fingertips! I used the pink, baby pink, and mixtures of the two (as well as several custom colors) for the button cake and even used the Satin Ice red mixed with Satin Ice black for the marsala in my Pantone Color of the Year Cake:
4. Ombré mini sugar hearts. Sure you could make them yourself, but why make them when you can buy them? I picked these up last year at a post-Valentine’s Day sale–’cause they’re just so friggin’ cute–and have held on to them for almost a year. I can’t wait to decorate cupcakes with them this week.
5. Dritz Ezy Hem. I’m often asked how I get the sides on my buttercream cakes so straight and smooth. I have a secret weapon, of course! Forget icing spatulas: They’re too hard to hold perfectly vertically. I discovered the Dritz Ezy Hem years ago while wandering around JoAnn Fabrics and have since converted quite a few cake designers including Melody Brandon of Sweet & Saucy Shop to loyal Ezy Hem users. It’s actually a sewing tool, not a cake tool, but it’s the perfect tool for buttercream. I’ll be sharing all my buttercream tips, tricks, tools, and techniques in an online class this spring, so stay tuned! Here’s Callan (it really is her) using one to ice a cake: