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.

Review Summary of FMM Upper Case Funky Alphabet & Number Tappit Cutters Set

FMM have produced a range of cutters called “Tappits” for use with gumpaste & fondant.

Many cake decorators find that they can create a beautiful cake, but then fall down when it comes to adding text.
These Funky Alphabet Tappits will help you out!
With a little bit of practice, you will soon be adding funky lettering to your masterpieces.
Roll out your gumpaste, press in the letter that you want, remove excess paste, and then gently tap the cutter against a table, and out pops you letter!
But is it really any good?
Read the summary below of customers reviews..

Pros

Creates beautiful, professional looking lettering for your cake.
Easy and quick to use after a little practice.

Cons

Although these cutters are advertised as for use with fondant, most people found the fondant too sticky and soft to use with these tappits. They reported much better results using gumpaste.

Tips From Customers

Use gumpaste rather than fondant.
Dust your surface and the cutter with some cornstarch to stop sticking.
After you have cut out the letter, rub it across the surface f your hand with a little cornstarch to get rid of any ragged edges.
Practice rolling out the gumpaste to the correct thickness.
Once you have rolled out your gumpaste thinly, let it sit for a couple of minutes before cutting.

What is Sugarcraft?

So what is Sugarcraft anyway? Increasing in popularity all over the world, Sugarcrafting has long been popular in the UK and USA.  A recent upsurge of cooking, baking and cake decorating TV programs such as “Ace of Cakes” have made people more and more interested in creating artistic looking cakes for all occasions. The recent recession has also made it more viable to make your own cakes for special occasions rather than paying out a lot of money to have one made for you.

Some professionals, although making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still more of a hobby than a business. The amount of time that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours!  However, if you get hooked by the Sugarcrafting bug, the satisfaction that you feel when you have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile!

What is Sugarcraft anyway?

Well, Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating.  It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct flowers.

Fondant is usually used to cover a cake – and can be bought pre-coloured, or can be coloured to exactly the right shade, usually using colour pastes.  You can also use dusts in various colours to “paint” or brush colour onto your finished work.

Some of the most popular companies that manufacture Sugarcraft items are PME, Wiltons, Sugarflair, Orchard Products, FMM, and JEM.  You can buy a huge array of tools, boards, cutters, plungers, colours, pastes, dusts and much much more to make your work easier.  Although the initial investment may seem a lot, most of these tools will be used over and over again for years to come.  A good idea is to begin by taking a workshop or a class in the basics of Sugarcrafting, and a good teacher will teach you how to make the best use of your tools, and to get multiple uses out of your various cutters.