Attempting to turn your passion for baking into a business can seem like a daunting undertaking. One of the best ways to get the most out of your start-up capital is to invest in pieces of equipment that can serve more than one function.
Wire racks seem like simple pieces of equipment but they are invaluable. Used to cool baked goods evenly after removal from the oven, they also keep the bottoms of cakes out of pools of liquid when ganache is poured over top and can even double as drying racks.
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
Stainless steel mixing bowls are the life’s blood of any bakery. Used to mix everything from buttercream to batter, they can also be used to heat delicate items over a double boiler. They can be placed in a cooler or freezer to bring the contents back down to a working temp. Turned upside down they serve as a sturdy template for trimming cakes.
Silicone Baking Mats
The usefulness of a silicone baking mat cannot be understated. Placed in the bottom of an appropriately shaped pan, it serves as a non-stick coating for cookies or croissants without the added fat or uneven cooking from sprays. Placed on a countertop, it is a working surface that keeps pulled sugar, fondant or chocolate from sticking with only minimal extra flour or sugar.
Since silicone is temperature resistant, baking mats can be used in a blast chiller or an oven and everything in between. This is especially helpful when working with fondant that needs to be kneaded while warm but then placed in the freezer to move delicate decorative pieces from the working surface to the cake.
Revolving Cake Stand
A revolving cake stand, or cake turn, is an essential for any new baking business. Whether you are icing a cake with buttercream or covering a cake with fondant, it is nearly impossible to get consistent results if piping or glazing has to be stopped to turn the work. A cake turn gives a level surface to work from and the easy turning action allows for smooth action as buttercream is piped. They can also perform more than one function by adding a dome over top for storing finished cakes and even displaying them in your bakery or at an on-site function.
There is nothing worse than buying an expensive piece of equipment that never gets used, or used rarely. These four essential tools can not only help your fledgling business take off but also serve more than one purpose along the way.