So many of the tools I use in my business are actually meant to be used for a different purpose. I don’t like to follow the rules and as long as you’re keeping items food safe and not using items for multi purpose then I say it’s good to experiment with your tools so that you can get the best results!
Here is a short list of some of my favourite non-standard cake tools, to start you off:
1: A quilting ruler. Mine is 6.5″ x 14″ and I purchased it from Amazon. I use it ALL THE TIME – mainly for planning and drawing out complicated shaped cakes and for precise cutting. When using it to cut stripes I always roll out my fondant (or fondant/modelling chocolate mix) and place it in the fridge to firm up a little, because then it doesn’t drag when cutting.
2: Acupuncture needles! Again purchased from Amazon but I know some cake artists sell them and you can also get them on eBay. They are IDEAL for getting rid of air bubbles without leaving a mark. PLEASE learn from my mistake and always keep your needle/s in the same place – they are so easy to lose and not as easy to find again! Haha.
3: Calipers. Again I bought mine on Amazon but you can get them on health and fitness websites, eBay etc. Mine are digital but they don’t go that wide so if you want to use them for big projects then I’d suggest buying an old style set instead. I use them for accurate measuring when working on faces. characters etc. They’re easier to use than a ruler because you can line them up exactly where you want to measure.
4: Threaded rod. I purchase from eBay and my local hardware store, depending on whether I want to buy specific lengths or cut it myself. I use various thicknesses depending on the size of cake I am creating. Note that nuts and washers are also needed in the same size/s as the threaded rod. Also it’s important to remember that whatever is being used inside a cake needs to be made food safe and I have various ways of achieving this.
I would love to hear if you use any of these, or if you use any other non standard cake tools which you would recommend?
As always, please contact me if you have any questions on the above or any cake art questions in general, I am always happy to help! You can always find me on Instagram.