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Review Of Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

This Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set would make a wonderful gift for the Cake Decorator in your life!  Not only do you get a really useful caddy for storing, organizing and transporting all of your Sugarcraft kit, but you get a caddy full of great Wilton’s items too!

So what does this kit include? (amazingly, Amazon don’t include this in the product description, but one of the reviewers, kindly provides a comprehensive list!  You can also find the same list on the Wilton site.)

Tips:
Standard Round Tips #2, 3, 5, 7, 12
Standard Open Star Tips #16, 18, 21, 32
Standard Basketweave Tip #47
Standard Leaf Tip #67
Standard Petal Tips #101, 103, 104
Drop Flower Tips #133, 225
Multi-Opening Tip #233
Leaf Tip #352
Tip #2004 (2D)

Colors (four .5 oz. Icing Colors):
Lemon Yellow, Christmas Red, Royal Blue, Leaf Green

No. 7 Flower Nail
18 Disposable Bags
1 10 in. Soft Touch Bag
Tip Brush
Decorator Brush
2 Standard Couplers
8 in. Angled Comfort Grip Spatula
Practice Board
New Cake Decorating Beginner’s Guide

… So basically the Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set contains everything you need to get started and decorate your cake.

So the next thing is – is it any good?!  Lets ask some of the reviewers..

The Good

Most people said that this kit contains all of the basics that you need to get started, and makes it cheaper than buying each of the items individually.  They also comment on the fact that the caddy is big enough to fit a lot of extras, and this makes it very useful to store and carry all of your must have items.

Another positive that keeps coming up is that the instruction guide is very useful and easy to follow for beginners.

The Not So Good

One cake decorator was very happy with the kit, apart from the pastel colors of the caddy, and the fact that some of the longer/larger Wilton tips don’t fit in the case and allow it to close.

Conclusion

Overall, it seems that an overwhelming majority of people that bought this caddy as a gift or for themselves were more than happy with it.  It would make a PERFECT gift for someone who likes to make cakes, and would like to get started in cake decorating.

Review of OXO Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper


Review of Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

This little Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadget has been a best seller on Amazon for quite a long time.  With over 200 customer reviews, I got curious about why this is so popular.

It seems that there are many uses for this tool, from working dough on a board, to scraping, chopping, crushing and even measuring!  The handle is designed with comfort in mind (hence the name!), and it is easy to use and easy to clean.

So what do real customers say in their reviews about the Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper?

The Good

Customers really seem to appreciate the measurements that are etched into the blade.  They can be used to measure dough thickness, brownie sizes or ingredient amounts.

There are also many comments on the sturdy, durable construction, the comfortable handle, and the ease of cleaning in the dishwasher!

The Not So Good

A small minority of people found the handle uncomfortable, and there were a couple of comments from people who said that the blade was too flimsy. Two (out of the 200) also commented that their product rusted.

Tips From Customers

Use for measuring dough thickness; creating perfect squares; drawing straight lines; chopping onions; cutting herbs; scraping chopping boards; dicing. There seems to be no end of uses!

One customer even said that the measuring lines have eliminated arguments from her kids over who got the biggest piece!

Conclusion

This sounds like a great piece of kit to have in every kitchen! From the many and great reviews, most customers seem to be extremely happy with it.  I might just have to get one of these Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadgets myself!

 

 

New From: $9.00 USD In Stock

Wilton Disposable Icing Bags

Wilton 2104-1358 Disposable 12-inch Decorating Bags, 24 Pack


Review of Wilton Disposable Icing Bags

Wilton disposable icing bags are a really handy addition to the toolbox of any cake decorator.  They are available as both 12″ or 16″, and are made from strong, durable plastic which is also suitable for melting products in the microwave.  These icing bags fit standard icing tips and couplers.

Save yourself the time and mess of cleaning icing bags, and save time when using various colors.

So what do real customers think of these Wilton bags?

The Good

Customers were impressed with the durability of these icing bags.  They refilled them multiple times without having problems with leaking of bursting seams.

The convenience and lack of cleaning up are by far the biggest reasons for purchasing these cake decorating bags.

Most customers were pleased with this product price, and felt that it worked out as a cost effective alternative.

 The Not So Good

The biggest negative is the issue of waste.  Not everyone is happy with the “throw-away” culture that has become popular.

The other issue with the bags being so strong and durable is that they are not as “soft” or easy to handle as other bags.

Some people found the 12″ icing bags too small.

 Tips From Customers

You don’t even need to worry about nozzles, just snip a piece from the end of the bag and start icing!

Handy to use for other purposes too – tie up bags of marshmallows, cookes, candy etc – but be aware that the Wilton logo is on the bag!

Conclusion

A very handy and time saving product. These icing bags from Wilton are sturdy and a reasonable price. Very useful to have in your toolkit!

Read more sugarcraft product reviews, and great tips on cake decorating!

 

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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.

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