Cloth vs. Disposable Pastry Bags

Piping bag

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer You can usually tell how clean a pastry kitchen is by how well the piping equipment is maintained. In well-managed kitchens, the pastry bags get emptied and cleaned at the end of every shift. There are places for the bags … Continue reading

Gift Ideas for Bakers & Cake Decorators

Gift Ideas for Bakers and Cake Decorators

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer 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 … Continue reading

Butter vs. Shortening

Butter Versus Shortening for Cake Frosting Recipes

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer While working as a pastry chef here in the U.S., I’ve noticed that many Americans prefer shortening-based cake frosting over real buttercream. Probably because it’s what’s used in supermarket cakes, it’s in the center of so many cream-filled goodies, … Continue reading

Flattering Cake Platters

Cake Platters Stands Boards and Drums

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferWhen making, selling, or buying wedding and specialty cakes, there is the factor of the cake serving platter. Because every cake needs to sit on top of something, preferably not the tablecloth or a piece of cardboard, which would just get … Continue reading

How Chocolate is Made

How Chocolate is Made by Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer In this industrialized world, most of us don’t know how this wonderful thing called chocolate is made. Here’s how it’s done, from rain forest to table. The Cocoa Tree The cocoa tree, or Theobroma Cacao, is a tropical evergreen native … Continue reading

What To Do with Leftover Cake

Adding Cake Sand to a Cake by Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Because most cakes rise in the middle, you often get a pesky dome that needs to be trimmed off, which creates cake scraps. Most people I’m assuming just eat that part but imagine working in a bakery that makes hundreds … Continue reading

Useful Cake Decorating Tools

Cake Sculpting Tools

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer 1. Rubber gloves to prevent dying hands when working with colors. 2. Styrofoam brick wrapped in plastic wrap, to anchor figurines in process. 3. Yard/meter stick to measure and trim rolled chocolate. 4. Flexible measuring tape for measuring contoured cakes … Continue reading

Chocolate Buying Guide

Chocolate Buying Giude by Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Here is the truth: The American chocolate industry has developed and successfully marketed so many artificial brands of chocolate that the average U.S. consumer is hooked on cheap/fake chocolate, a.k.a. mockolate. The best way to avoid buying mockolate is to first … Continue reading

Useful Modeling Chocolate Tools

Modeling Chocolate Equipment

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer The ideal working environment for modeling chocolate is a cool, 65°F (18°C), dry room with clean surfaces and equipment. Do not work directly in sunlight. Minimize contact with moisture and humidity. The optimal tabletop is clean, smooth, and made from … Continue reading

Cake Servings Charts

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer This comprehensive set of charts calculates the serving sizes for round, square, tapered round, topsy turvy, and tapered square cakes at 2” (51 mm), 3” (76 mm) and 4” (102 mm) heights. Based on the average wedding cake serving … Continue reading

Gadget Storage Ideas

Kitchen Gadget Storage by Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer It’s like perpetual art period or crafternoon up in here except instead of construction paper all over the place, it’s modeling chocolate and instead of paint on the elbow, it’s buttercream. Here is how I keep the gadgets organized.  First, I’ve got my piping tips … Continue reading

Useful Cake Construction Tools

Cake Construction Tools

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Here is a list of some of my handiest tools for cake carving and construction: Wood Lazy Susan A large wood lazy susan is cheap and perfect to use as a rotating platform when carving shapes. It sits low … Continue reading

The Amazing Parchment Paper Cone-Filling Gadget

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer This plastic piping bag stand holds frosting bags and parchment paper paper cones while you fill them, freeing both hands to scrape every last bit of chocolate or frosting from the bowl. When not in use, it’s the perfect vessel for cone storage … Continue reading

Best Cake Baking Pans to Buy

Best Cake Pans to Buy

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer When it comes to cake pans, the best long-term investment for your bakery is deep, thick gauge solid aluminum pans. Why springform pans aren’t good for bakeries They are typically made of thin gauge, cheap metal. They do not conduct … Continue reading

How to Bake a Cake with a Heating Core

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer The heating core is a nifty gadget that helps radiate heat into the center of large or deep cakes, dramatically reducing baking time and allowing for a more even rise and a more evenly baked cake. This is particularly … Continue reading

How to Store Piping Tips

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Both at home and in a commercial kitchen, it’s hard to keep piping and decorating tips in order. Spool hangers work well. These handy hangers double both as a drying rack and viewable storage for your many tips and couplers. I … Continue reading