Cloth vs. Disposable Pastry Bags

Piping bag

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 to … Continue reading

Gift Ideas for Bakers & Cake Decorators

Gift Ideas for Bakers and Cake Decorators

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, … Continue reading

Butter vs. Shortening

Butter Versus Shortening for Cake Frosting Recipes

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, and … Continue reading

Flattering Cake Platters

Cake Platters Stands Boards and Drums

When 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

Useful Modeling Chocolate Tools

Modeling Chocolate Equipment

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 a … Continue reading

How to Store Piping Tips

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 highly … Continue reading