This article is about the specific tools you dough piping bag will have to create the magnificent cakes you can charge high prices for.

First, you’ll absolutely need an oven. (I know, it seems like a no-brainer, right?) But you do want to make sure your oven heats evenly–and doesn’t burn in a single corner while undercooking in another. You may use your regular oven it it fits the bill. You don’t need to upgrade to a pricey commercial grade oven until your cake decorating business really will take off.

Next, a high quality, durable stand mixer. I would recommend the KitchenAid 5 Quart Artisan models for their durability and performance. My grandmother bought another hand one over 20 years ago and used it every day in her cake decorating business.

Spending some money on an excellent quality Turntable is a superb investment. As you grow your organization and get into more elaborate cakes, you’ll appreciate the versatility. It is possible to search for ones with motors – or ones that you manually turn. In any event is fine.

Baking Pans need to be the next thing on your list. There are lots of different pans you’ll need–from small round pans (6″ or more) to large rectangular pans–and everything among. If you are achieving this on a commercial basis, do not buy registered trademark character pans. They may be fine for home birthday parties, but are an infringement on trademark if you try to sell them. You don’t need the legal hassles.

Additional necessities include:

– Cooling Racks – Large ones for large project

– Separators

– Spatulas (certain types are more useful than others)

– Piping Bags

– Tips for creating borders, petals, leaves, etc.

– A good quality camera for future marketing of one’s cake decorating business

I explain each one of these in more detail in my book.

These basic tools will get you started. As your confidence and skills grow, you may find a dependence on more specialized equipment. But this can get you started!

Katie Ryan shares her incredible tips for business and decorating success in her Cake Decorating Business Secrets. To find out more – and get a FREE copy of “Cake Decorating FOR NOVICES” a helpful how-to book on the very best and easiest cake decorating techniques.