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Reviews of Kuhn Rikon Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Set

Kuhn Rikon Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Set


New From: $18.99 USD In Stock

Kuhn Rikon have come up with a great all round solution for decorating cookies and cupcakes.  It includes 4 squeezy decorating bottles for controlling 4 different icing colors, 5 decorating nozzles and 1 spatula.  Easy to use for kids and adults alike.

So what do customers think of this set?

The Good

Customers loved the versatility of being able to swap nozzles between the bottles.

Another good feature is that you can stand the bottles up between use which is less messy than using pastry bags.

A lot of people bought this set to be able to use with their kids, and the comments seem to show that the kids found them easy and fun to use.

The Not So Good

Some people found that the bottle cracked easily.  They also said that the bottles were to small to hold enough icing.

Another improvement that could be made is some sort of storage for all of the bits and pieces.

One complaint was that the openings were too small on the top making the bottles hard to fill, and also hard to clean.

Tips From Customers

To fill the bottles easily, put the icing in a ziplock bag, cut off one of the corners and squessze into the bottle.

Reviews of Contemporary Cake Decorator’s Bible

The “Contemporary Cake Decorator’s Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects” by best-selling author and sugarcrafter Lindy Smith is packed full of modern, fun and exciting ideas to make your cake something special.

Not only does it include loads of ideas to inspire you, it also is a useful resource and reference book for mastering over 150 techniques in cake decorating and baking.  It also includes over 80 projects for you to get started with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Whether you are an experienced cake decorator looking for new ideas, or a complete novice, you will enjoy creating and learning from this beautifully illustrated book.

It also makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves making and decorating cakes!

The Good

This book is viewed as a favorite by many customers, especially beginners as it contains detailed and clear step-by-step instructions and information about how to use a variety of tools, molds etc.

Some sections of the book that were really appreciated were “Non-Sugarcarft Tools” which shows you how to use everyday household items as tools, the “Color Wheel” sections for help on tinting and coloring icing and the “Cake Carving” section which is a particularly tricky thing to master.

Loads of people say that it is a fantastic book for explaining how to use the tools that most people probably have at home.

The Not So Good

Although claiming to have something for everyone, most people felt that it was more useful for those not so experienced.  People who are already skilled at cake decorating may not find that much to inspire or teach them.

Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray

Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray


New From: $5.99 USD In Stock

A very convenient solution to ensure that your cakes come out easily from your pans every time.  Forget messing with greasy pieces of kitchen paper or brushing on oil that pools in the crevices.

With just a light, even spray, your pans will be coated, and your cakes will be even and easier to decorate.

So is it really as good as all that? What do real customers say about it?

Pros

Many customers were pleasantly surprised by the results of the Bake Easy Spray, saying that the results were better than expected.  Once person said that she hadn’t had even one cake fail to come out of the pan perfectly.  She also said that it made the pan easier to clean which, of course is an added bonus!

Another plus mentioned by a customer is that as you just need a very light coating, the spray can lasts a long time.  This customer now uses this spray for all her baking.

One more advantage mentioned is that most cooking sprays mean that the outer crust of the cake cooks quicker and becomes thicker and creates more crumbs. Bake Easy prevents this from happening and produces a smooth and even surface to decorate.

It is also noteworthy that the spray does not contain hydrogenated oils.

Cons

One customer felt that the spray was unreliable and that lumps of cake stuck to the pan.  She said that other forms of greasing a pan were more reliable.

Reviews of Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press

Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press


New From: $19.69 USD In Stock

Make hundreds of cool cookies in one easy session with this cookie press from Kuhn Rikon.  So light and easy that you can even use it one handed (left or right!). Simply choose one of the 14 discs, fill with cookie mixture, and press down to create perfectly uniform cookies in no time.

The clear container makes it simple to see when you need to refill the mixture. Some versions come with an extra barrel so you can fill up with cookie mixture and don’t have to stop mid flow.

It also seems to come with an adapter so that you can use standard icing tips to make it a really versatile kitchen gadget.

So easy that even the kids can use it!

Pros

One customer compared this product favorably to some more popular brands.  She said that it was far easier to clean, and much easier to use, even with one hand leaving the other hand free.

The results are professional looking cookies, and the dough comes out smoothly and evenly.

Cons 

One customer said that despite making fantastic cookies, it did not produce great results when used for frosting.

Some people felt that the cookies were too small (1.5″-2″).

A couple of other people found that the plastic ring was a bit flimsy and either popped off or broke.

Tips from Customers

The instructions say that you should chill the cookie sheets and not grease them, and this was agreed upon by customers!

Remember that the discs are not suitable for use in the dishwasher.

Ensure that your cookie dough is not too thick, or it will be very hard to squeeze the trigger, and the results wont be good.

Reviews of Linden Sweden Baker’s 4 Tier Cooling Rack

This product from the Linden Sweden range is something that is as versatile as it is useful.  Many people find that space is a very precious commodity in the kitchen – trust the country that invented Ikea to come up with more space saving solutions!

The black powder coated metal rack folds flat for when you are not using it.  The 4 shelves/tiers are height adjustable, and is sturdy enough to hold your baking while it cools.  You can use it to cool pizzas, cookies, cakes, and even other craft projects.

The rack is 13 inches tall when assembled, and folds flat to 20 x 10x 1 inch when you want to store it.

So what have the customers said about it? After reading the reviews, it makes me very tempted to get one myself!!

Pros

Overall, this baking rack gets fantastic reviews.  One thing that I would be concerned about would be whether it would be sturdy enough to hold 4 racks or trays without falling over, but according to the customers, it is very sturdy.  Even if you leave out the middle two tiers, it can remain sturdy.

Cons

You can’t use it for smaller round tins unless you put something else underneath it.

Some people found that the locking mechanism on the bottom was quite stiff, although this seemed to improve with use.

A couple of people also found that the bottom corners of the rack were very sharp, and would benefit from some tape or something just to take off the sharp bits. Bear this in mind of you have a counter top that could get damaged.

Tips from Customers

Use trays on tiers to lay out sheets of homemade pasta!

Buy two of the racks – one for precooked items, and one for cooling trays that have come out of the oven.

Don’t stack it with the heavier items on the top first without putting trays on the lower tiers – this gives it added stability.

Use this in your freezer for cookie sheets when you have to freeze a lot of items to save space.