- Food and Cooking
Decorating Like A Pro With My Wilton 53 pc Kit
I've always wanted to make one of those cakes like you see in the stores. You know, the ones with the perfectly smooth icing, the delicate flowers, and the pretty piping. For years I tried to achieve those perfect results with a butter knife and my version of an icing bag: a plastic sandwich baggie with a hole cut out of one of the corners. As you've probably guessed, I was never happy with the results.
So I finally decided to get some real cake decorating supplies. Being an avid penny pincher, I wasn't about to spend gobs of money buying everything separately. So I researched decorating kits until I finally found an affordable one that had everything I wanted. This one.
- Round Tips #2, #3, #5, #7, #12,
- Star Tips #16, #18, #21, #32
- Basketweave Tip #47
- Leaf Tips #65, #67, #352
- Petal Tips #101, #103, #104
- Drop Flower Tips #129, #225
So far, I've not had to buy any more tips. Although I've had to improvise a time or two, I've been able to do everything with the tips included in the kit. I'd have to say my favorite are the open star tips. They're just so versatile! I've used them to decorate various foods and depending on the angle and pressure, I can get many different results.
This kit also includes
- Angled metal spatula. This is supposed to make your cake have a nice smooth surface. I must be using it wrong because my cakes all have spatula lines (although they're less noticeable when I use this spatula).
- 24 Plastic Icing Bags. In the past, I've used reusable icing bags (but they're a pain to clean) and I've already mentioned my disastrous sandwich baggie idea. So using these disposable icing bags was a dream! They hold a lot more frosting and once I roll the top of the bag down, I don't have to worry about frosting leaking out when I apply pressure.
- 2 quick change couplers. I can't even describe how much I love these. They allow me to change my tips without removing all the icing from the bag. Plus, I've never had to deal with a tip pushing all the way through the hole.
- 5 jars of icing dye. The colors are yellow, green, pink, blue and purple and they're all pastel, which means they're perfect for Easter cakes, baby shower cakes and anything else that looks good in pastel.
- 1 1/4-inch flower nail. I didn't know what a flower nail was until I opened this kit. It looks like a nail with a really wide head. Apparently you're supposed to spin it around while adding frosting to it to make certain types of flowers. I'll be honest and tell you this is the only thing I've never had a use for. Maybe I'm just not coordinated enough. Maybe it's because my hands shake. Whatever the reason, I couldn't make a flower on this nail if my life depended on it.
- Instruction Book. This book is worth its weight in gold. Seriously! It gives step by step instructions for every aspect of cake baking and decorating. It tells how to bake the perfect cake, how to make your own icing, how to stack your cakes, and how to ice your cake. Then it goes on to explain how to use each tip to make different designs and patterns. It's a wealth of information and in my opinion, the kit wouldn't be complete without it
Although I'm happy with this decorating kit the way it is, there's a few things that I wish it included.
Here's another book worth its weight in gold. While the instruction book that comes with the kit is pretty detailed about the basics, this book delves even further and outlines even more techniques. This book taught me how to do the basketweave and the rope edging on the Easter cake below. It's also responsible for a few of the flowers.
If you have to make a cluster of small stars, this tip does it quickly. It's not included in the kit so I've been using Star Tip #16 instead. Unfortunately though, using #16 takes a lot longer and the stars are slightly bigger than they should be.
It's not just for cakes.
Although I bought this kit with decorating cakes in mind, I soon realized it could be used for other foods too. I've always hated how messy it looks when you spoon the filling into deviled eggs. So now I use my star tip to make my deviled eggs look nice and decorative. The small round tips were perfect for the piping on my Gingerbread men and they've also proved useful for writing on birthday cakes. I think I get the most joy out of decorating my cake mix cookies for the various holidays.
The pictures below show just a few of the ways I've used my Wilton Decorating Kit.