Rain drops on roses, whiskers on kittens etc etc. Anyway, here are a few of my favourite things in cake world. The are the items I would grab if I knew I had to go and bake somewhere else and had no equipment. The paddle attachment itself is not my favourite. It is short hand for a Kitchen Aid. The machine, although beautiful, didn’t fit nicely in the picture.
Talking of Kitchen Aids, I should admit to actually having two. There’s Bertha, the big girl with a heavy duty engine and Kitty, your traditional artisan job. That is not to say that Kitty is a weakling. Oh no. She’s as strong as an ox, but Bertha has got some real va va boom about her. We did have Ken for a while (Ken Wood) and although he was great at the job, by George he was noisy.
So what else have I got there? A sieve. Don’t be thinking you can get away with not sieving. I even sieve my caster sugar. I know. Obsessive.
Palette knives, big and small. These are good for air conducting, waving in a threatening but non-dangerous manner and also getting icing onto cakes.
A small serrated knife is just the job for getting tops even.
My beloved spatula: how I love my spatulas. I really do. These ones are great because the handle is integrated. They are easy on the hand and have just the right amount of flexibility and sturdiness. If it wasn’t banned by health and safety, I would kiss it daily. Don’t worry. I don’t.
A silicone food brush. This is so much better than a nylon one where the hairs come out and you are fishing them out of the food and then you singe the ends and it all goes horribly wrong. Nasty business.
Cocktail sticks might be one of my all time favourite things. I use them to add gel colour to icing; to tidy up straggly bits of piping; to release air bubbles in marzipan; to unblock icing tubes and a box of a thousand costs about 5p (might be a mild exaggeration there, but they are cheap).
A pokey tool is a gadget which probably has a posh name, but I call it a pokey tool. It’s essentially a metal cocktail stick on a handle. Genius.
Fine brushes are great for spot touch repair on piping, flattening bobbly bits and painting straight onto cakes.
Parchment piping bags are an amazing invention. You can make them yourself or buy them in packs and for when you want to do decorative piping they are just the job (as opposed to when you want to pipe buttercream or meringue, when they are absolutely the reverse of what you want). Scissors go hand in hand with these chaps, as do nozzles. My top three nozzles are a number 2, a number 4 and a star nozzle.
Finally a spirit level is a cake makers best friend. Wonky cakes are not appreciated by your paying customers. It’s bad.
I haven’t put my oven on the list as I couldn’t carry it. It is my biggest kitchen investment and I do not resent a single penny I spent on it (Blue Seal Turbofan if you are asking).