Cakes and Cupcakes – Decorate for Fun or Business under $100

Cakes and Cupcakes – Decorate for Fun or Business under $100

If you are interested in making beautiful cakes or cupcakes for friends and family, or even as a side business, all you need are a few tools and a little practice. We set out to find the highest rated cake decorating accessories at a reasonable price. along with some teaching tools to get you going in the right direction on your epicurean pursuit. We top it all off with a cake mix voting review, and how-to videos.

The Tools

When you need the right tool for the job, it’s nice to know that you probably have it sitting right there in your caddy. The Wilton 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set includes 19 tips, bags, colors, a spatula, and a practice board all in an organized tote ready to go anywhere. This one is made by Wilton, the go-to brand for decorating supplies, and the kit saves you a lot of money over buying accessories seperately. About $47

Expand the Color Pallete

Your tool kit will come with some basic primary colors, but you will probably want to get some more variation with a set like these Americolor gels in 8 colors. Gels are more intense for getting the color you want so you can use less, without throwing a recipe off with unneded additional liquid that copious amounts regular food coloring will add. If 8 colors is not enough for you and you want to spend more, you could go bonkers with the the 16 Pack Kit . The 8 color kit comes in at about $12.


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Getting the Right Pans

Everyone has pans, and you may already have the pans you need. Pans should be heavy gauge for even heating and preferably have a silicone based non-stick surface to eliminate any chemical gassing that you get from regular non-stick materials. Since pans sizes differ by project we just listed a simple 9×13 silicone non-stick or if you want to go cupcakes we have a highly reviewed Wilton pan just to get you started. If you need to get other shapes and sizes, stick to USA Pans or Wilton to get durable pans with even heating.

The USA Pans 9 x 13 Inch Aluminized Steel Rectangular Cake Pan with Americoat  has silicone non-stick coating and comes in at about $20, or choose the Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan for about $6.



To be decorating like a pro in no time check out The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating 21 by Autumn Carpenter.  Nothing makes learning easier than following a great photo step-by-step manual, especially one from a seasoned pro that shows you how to create modern designs that people will rave about. This 5-star rated book is a comprehensive instant classic with gorgeous photos. About $20 in paperback.


Cupcake decorating techniques


Which Cake Mix?

Out of recent blind taste tests for brands including Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, Adhoc, Cherrybrook Kitchen, and Trader Joe’s there were two top contenders listed for yellow and chocolate cakes.
Yellow cake:

#1 Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow
#2 Betty Crocker SuperMoist Yellow Cake

Chocolate cake

#1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge
#2 Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil’s Food

The Complete Cake Artist’s Kit Totals: $85-$99