We've moved to WordPress -> amaribakery.com

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Baking Equipment in Kenya-Cake Decorating

This is the second post on our series of Baking  Equipment Explained. If you haven't read our previous post, you can read it here - Baking pans. This time our focus is on equipment used for cake decoration. These posts can be read in any order you would prefer. 

This post is helpful for those who would like to bake cakes at home and decorate them as well. These tools will help through every step of the cake decoration process.

1. Sifter

This is a tool used to sift dry products like flour or icing sugar. It's used to sift icing sugar into a mixing bowl before mixing it to allow for a smooth, lump-free consistency in the frosting. For baking purposes, stainless steel versions are the easiest to use and are easily found in supermarkets like Nakumatt or Tuskys. Also bake-ware shops like Walibai Kharim Ltd. They are available in medium to large sizes and range from Kshs. 50 to 300, depending on quality and size.

Stainless steel sifter

2. Cake Stand

 This tool is used to set a cake on before icing it for stability and also mobility. There are two types of stands; stationery stands which can also be used for display as well as for icing.
Plastic Cake stand (andwhataboutgrace.blogspot.com)

 Revolving cake stands are also available, especially in professional bakeries, for icing cakes.
Revolving Cake stand
They make icing a cake easier since you can move them in any direction. Cake stands are available in plastic or glass materials especially for the stationery kind. For the revolving stands, they are available in plastic or stainless steel material. Some major supermarket branches like Nakumatt sell stationery cake stands. They can also be found in bake-ware shops such as Walibai Kharim Ltd.

3. Cake Leveler

String Cake leveler (neartonothing.blogspot.com)
This is a great professional baker's tool used to level a cake. Leveling a cake is done after the cake has cooled for at least an hour. This is when you cut the crown or top part of the cake that has peaked to create a level surface on the cake.
Cake levelers come in different sizes: small and large sizes that are adjustable.
Adjustable Cake leveler (courtesy of cakejournal.com)
String cake levelers are available in Walibai Kharim Ltd for Kshs. 1,200 to 1,700. You can also search online for distributors who sell them as well.

4. Rubber Spatula

This tool can be used to scrape the frosting from the sides of the bowl. It is also used to scoop frosting onto a cake to be decorated. It is available in different sizes and materials. You can find wooden versions of the spatula, they are affordable and functional. However they do not last as long.
wooden spatula (courtesy of etsy.com)
Spatulas are also available in silicon versions; they are more durable and flexible. However they are more expensive but completely worth it.
Rubber spatulas - diff. sizes

5. Icing Spatula

This very useful tool is used to spread frosting on a cake while decorating it. It is usually made of stainless steel material with a handle. It usually comes in a beveled shape but the smaller ones are usually straight.
Icing spatula-small (courtesy of annesfood.blogspot.com)

They are available in different sizes; from small to large. You can find them in major supermarkets, bake-ware shops like Topserve Ltd on Accra rd or Walibai Kharim Ltd. for around Kshs. 700 to 1,800 (depending on size). You can also search online for any vendors who may sell them online.

6. Icing Smoother

This is a professional baker's tool used for smoothing butter cream frosting on sides and tops of cakes. It is available in stainless steel or a flexible plastic or silicon. It's fitted with a handle for easy use. This tool is available in bake-ware shops in Nairobi, you can check Topserve Ltd.

7. Nylon Icing bag with Nozzles

This is a triangular shaped hand-held bag made with nylon that is used to pipe frosting through a narrow opening at one end fitted with an adjustable nozzle attachment. Different nozzle designs are used based on the shape, design or sizes required by the decorator.
Nylon icing bag with nozzles

Nylon bags are used by professional bakers because they are easy to use and clean as well. They are available in small, medium and large sizes. You can also purchase them in bake-ware shops such as Topserve Ltd or Walibhai Karim Ltd. You can purchase a set; this include the bags, nozzle attachments and nozzles of different shapes; they range about Kshs. 970 to 1,300. You can also purchase the pieces separately for easy planning e.g. nylon bag (Kshs. 720 - 970), nozzle attachments (Kshs.70) and different nozzles (Kshs. 130 - 250 per piece).

8. Icing Set

This is a cake decoration set that has a narrow pipe shaped container that has a fitted nozzle on one end and a movable handle on the other end to push frosting towards the nozzle side. The icing set comes with its own set of nozzles; usually 5 - 10 pieces. The sets are usually easily available for home bakers in major supermarkets, bake-ware shops or online vendors. They come in plastic or stainless steel material. They range from Kshs.800 - 2,000.
Icing Set with nozzles (courtesy of overstock.com)


A lot of these decorating tools can be easily found in Nairobi in most leading supermarkets, bake-ware shops like Walibai Kharim Ltd or Topserve Ltd and you can also search for vendors online. Any other additions and/or suggestions are always welcome. Happy Cake Decorating ^_^!

We offer baking classes if you would like to learn how to bake with a charcoal oven.
You can email us on: info@amaribreads.co.ke or call/text: 0707557091.

You can also get our book "How to startup a small baking business successfully" if you would like to start a baking business. It's stocked at Topserve Ltd for only Kshs. 500. Click here to learn how to get the PDF E-book for only 250/-.

73 comments:

  1. can you please give a list of websites you shop from? If they are in nairobi is better so shipping doesnt cost too much.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is the type of information I’ve long been trying to find. Thank you for writing this information. georgia cakes

      Delete
  2. Hello Gloria, usually we shop at actual shops in the Nairobi CBD: such as on Biashara Street - Walibhai Karim co., Moti Wholesalers & Pradip. And Opposite "The Bazaar" Building - Asami Ltd & Kachra Jivraj for packing products. Also Nakumatt or Tuskys supermarkets. For online products, maybe large machinery at alibaba.com or any other sale items on www.olx.co.ke. Hope that was helpful, thanks for reading our blog. Good luck.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maureen Thanks very much for your blog, I'm Tanzanian I want to know where can I gate decorating Mate.
      Maureen I you a decorator , I want to learn more from you.
      my email address is renengude@yahoo.com

      Delete
    2. hello may i know were i can this equipment's for decorating cakes or tools. in nairobi please

      Delete
    3. Hi Joy, as I stated above, you can check Walibhai Karim on Biashara street in the CBD in Nairobi, you can also check Topserve Ltd. on Accra Road in Nairobi cBD as well. There website is www.topservltd.co.ke. Hope that helps.

      Delete
  3. Nice Blog. Where exactly can I buy a cake leveler and stand in Nairobi?

    ReplyDelete
  4. For the leveler, check walibhai karim on Biashara street in Nairobi CBD. For stands, check walihai also but it's not a guarantee, you can get a metal fabricator to make you some. Hope that helps, thanks. ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you for the feedback. Appreciated. One more question, where can I get ingredients to make fondant? Like for example corn syrup and gelatin. Or do you have a recipe that has other options for ingredients? Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am looking for the icing set.....where can I get it from. I have not seen many icing implements in Bakumatt or tuskys stores.

    ReplyDelete
  7. For the Fondant ingredients: just go to Walibhai Karim, they have them all: except for its glucose syrup (not corn syrup - but it's does the same thing) it's around Kshs. 125. The also have the glycerine & gelatin. thanks and you're welcome

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your blog, it has been a great help.

      You can get the corn syrup at Chandarana at the ABC place Westlands for Kshs 105

      Delete
    2. Thanks for the feedback - great to know ^_^. You're welcome.

      Delete
  8. For the Icing set you can also get it at Walibhai Karim on biashara Street or at Asami Ltd or Kachra Jivraj (they both sell & they're next to each other) off Moi Avenue, opposite The Bazaar building. Good luck.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ur blog was a great help, you have no idea. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks Beckie ^_^! Always glad to hear it, good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi is there any place you can get ready fondant.?thank you

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi, is there any place in Nairobi where one can purchase ready fondant?thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Do you have cupcake stands?

    ReplyDelete
  14. HI, for the ready-made fondant, Nakumatt used to sell it a few years ago for about Kshs. 500 to 600, however I have noticed they don't anymore (atleast the branches I've visited). You can always go to any branch and inquire if they know of a branch that sells they can refer you to. I hope that was helpful, I'm sorry I haven't seen ready-made anywhere else. However if I do, will post back immediately. Thanks for reading ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  15. We do not currently sell cupcake stands. However if you visit Walibhai Karim Co. on Biashara street, you will find them. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi, your blog is very helpful. Am contemplating going into the cake business, I have been baking cakes for along period as a hobby, is it worth while as a business, is there a market for cakes?

    ReplyDelete
  17. HI there, i'm glad to hear you love baking. I believe anything with a good business & marketing plan is worth while as a business. AS long as you're willing to work on it with everything you've got, and then some. There will always be a market for cakes at all times. However, the question is, are you willing and ready to start baking as a business?

    ReplyDelete
  18. hey Maureen, your blog was extreemly awesome.Quick question, do you guys have any cake covers? especially the glass ones? and also glass cake stands?

    ReplyDelete
  19. HI Lydia, Thanks for reading. We don't sell cake covers, i'm sorry or the stands. You can check Walibhai Karim on Biashara Street, Nairobi CBD for them.

    ReplyDelete
  20. hi maureen
    Your blog is so resourceful.You have rekindled the baking spirit in me;i used to bake and do some cake business on a small scale some four yrs ago but then got busy with other things.I am passionate about baking-i plan to go back to it soonest.Keep up the good work.
    Nelly

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Nelly, thanks for reading the blog & I'm so glad to hear your ready to re-start baking ^_^ Thanks alot and all the best to you.

    ReplyDelete
  22. can i get Corn syrup to and baking chocolate too at walibhai?

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi Marion, Corn syrup yes, and you can also check at Chandarana supermarket like the one at yaya centre. Baking Chocolate i'm not too sure Walibhai Karim stocks it, but have seen it at numerous Nakumatts like Junction on Ngong road. Thanks for reading our blog.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Your site is wonderful! Could you please advise me where to get glucose syrup in relatively large quantity.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hey...love the blog...i am a home baker and i really really to like baking and trying new things. any idea how much the icing bag with the nozzles cost at Walibhai?

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi, does anyone know where I can get a cake stand from, either hire or buy? It's a wedding cake with 5 pieces? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hi Fredrick, thank you. Glucose syrup is found at Walibhai Karim co. on biashara street, i don't know any other places to buy in bulk, but i'm sure if you ask them, they might do discount prices for bulk purchases. Hope that helps.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hello, for the icing bag set with nozzles, for smaller sizes around Kshs. 1000 to larger one around Kshs. 1500. Walibhai Karim wld let u know the current cost of the whole set.
    For cake stands: not sure where to get them for hire, but for purchase, check Walibhai Karim Co. or have one fabricated by metal work ppl it might be cheaper, depending on your budget. Hope that helps, thanks

    ReplyDelete
  29. Hy
    please let us know if u can provide us with egg less cup cakes around what will be the price. we want them by Friday.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hello, I'm sorry we don't currently offer eggless cupcakes. Thank you for your inquiry.

    ReplyDelete
  31. hello maureen, i love baking from home nd am nw starting a small bakery, bt my icing cracks do you knw of places in nairobi that i cn get glicerine for the icing?

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi there, hope you're business is doing well. For glycerine, just visit Walibhai Karim on Biashara Street on Nairobi CBD. They sell it. Thanks for reading our Blog ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hi , never been to Nairobi, will be arriving next week and i will be around Ngong avenue for a week, any nearby place wheer i can buy nice icing colours ? i have noticed kenyan cakes have very bright nice colours

    ReplyDelete
  34. wow!i have learnt a lot from this blog!keep it up gal!could you be knowing of anyone who can teach me how to bake and decorate cakes on Saturday afternoons and sundays?

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi Benedette, thank you so much for reading ^_^! I will def keep it up. Actually I do offer classes on cake baking & decoration as well as Bread making. And I do work with your schedule so Saturday & Sundays would be fine with me. If you would like more information, please contact me on 0707557091. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Well, glad to always get visitors here in Nairobi so welcome and hope you enjoy your time here. If you will be on Ngong Rd, I'm thinking that you may be near the Ngong Road Junction Mall, you can check for Food color in the Nakumatt Junction supermarket, they have powder colors but they have the even better quality liquid food colors. If you will be able to get around and have someone to show you the area, abit of Ngong rd is another Mall area - Yaya Centre, you will find Chandarana Supermarket there as well who have food colors of good quality. There is another Nakumatt Supermarket branch on Ngong Rd, further down, called Nakumatt Prestige which will also have the food colors. If you're able to get to the Nairobi CBD, you can go to a shop called Walibhai Karim on Biashara Street that has cake supplies and has very top quality food colors and other cake decorating equipment and ingredients. I hope that is helpful, best of luck

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hello Maureen. Thanks for the great work you are doing. Am a barker from Uganda. Where i can find 3D fondant moulder in Nairobi like the for Rose Flower. And whats their prices each. I would like to travel and buy some tools

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hi Maureen, Thank you for writing this. Where can I get gel food colouring for baking? I am in Kenya

    ReplyDelete
  39. Hi Sarah, thanks for reading the blog. If you're in Nairobi, most major supermarkets such as Tuskys, Nakumatt & Chandarana have food colors; in powder form (more economical) & some Nakumatts have liquid form (more expensive, but higher quality). YOu can also visit Walibhai Karim on Biashara Street for high quality and larger sized food color powders. Hope this is helpful to you. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Jambo Maureen,
    Just bumped into your blog, searching for piping bags on google, i sat back n read on. Really lurvin your writing. Guaranteed reader!
    What makes cookies crunchier?
    Keep well!

    Kenneth (Eldoret)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hi there, thank you for reading the blog,much appreciated! To get crunchier cookies, the amount of margarine (or butter) used is important, the more the better. Also using regular or white sugar makes them crunchier, instead of brown sugar which is more moist.The time the cookies are baked is also important, bake them a bit longer for crunchier cookies. Hope that is helpful, good luck with the cookie baking Kenneth.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Hi Maureen
    I would like to ask you where could i buy fresh yeast and fondant for cake in Nairobi?
    Thank you
    Reka

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hi there Reka, Fondant you can check Walibhai Karim Co. on Biashara Street in the Nairobi CBD. As for Fresh yeast, honestly, i'm not so sure, I've never bought yeast in Nairobi. I would advice to inquire at a Chandarana supermarket.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, I have just happened on your blog. Thanks for the great answers. I make fudge and tempered chocolate. Unfortunately I cannot get molds,chocolate in large quantities which is priced cheaply nor can I get a tempering machine in the whole of Nairobi. Buying abroad is not an option due to expenses involved and tax. Could anyone please advice? thanks. My email is sarahfrancis80@gmail.com

      Delete
  44. Hey Maureen. Awesome job there, your blog is really helpful. I wanted to know if it's possible to get ready fondant in Kenya. Anyway, I'm glad walibhai sell it,however, do you know how much it costs? How long does it last before getting spoilt?

    ReplyDelete
  45. Hello and thank you very much. Fondant can last up to 2 months if packaged well. Cover with plastic wrap tightly and store in cool dry place. Do not freeze or refrigerate.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Hello Maureen,

    Thank you for tehnice blog! Iam a beker with some experience. I would like to get advanced cake decorating skills. Any idea of any place in Kenya?

    ReplyDelete
  47. Hello, thank you so much for reading the blog and your welcome. For advanced decorating skills, you can check out other schools such as Cakes & cakes on 5th Ngong Avenue or Emma Daniels School.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hi Maureen,

    Your blog's been a great help for me.
    Was able to get most of the equipments i needed.

    Is there a place that makes cake stands,
    I'm interested in having a personalized one

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, so sorry for late reply. I don't know any specific place that actually makes stands. Only vendors who sell them like Walibhai Karim and Vituzote.co.ke. However; if you know a skilled metal works artisan who does well with intricate designs or smaller metal fabrications; you can have them design and make you a cake stand. I hope that helped. Thanks for reading the blog ^_^

      Delete
  49. what can I use to preserve a cake to stay like for one month without going bad

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jan, so sorry for late reply. The only preservative that I can advise that lasts for about 7 days is calcium propionate. I don't really know a preservative that lasts for one month. Unless freezing your cake in the freezer, well packed with cling wrap. That can last up to 3 months. I hope that is helpful. Thanks for reading the blog.

      Delete
  50. gud job Maureen, thanks learnt alot

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very welcome and thanks for reading Lyz

      Delete
  51. hey maureen, am opening a cake shop do you happen to know where i can get cup cake cases in large quantity

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello, please check Asami Ltd or Kachra Jivraj polythene shop next to Kolja mosque in the Nairobi CBD. Opposite The Bazaar building. They sell cupcake liners in bulk

      Delete
  52. Hallow am sally from Tanzania, is their a place i can get silicon piping bags coz i want to do hot piping like mashed potatoes, please assist.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sally, since I'm based in Kenya, I can only refer you to a place called walibhai Karim in Nairobi on a street called Biashara street. They have the silicon piping bags

      Delete
  53. @Sally from Tanzania - hot piping can be done with plastic wrap - just tear off a piece of wrap put some filling down the center leaving space all around, roll closed and twist both ends (like a store bought bread bag). Then make a decorating bag from a triangle of any paper - even newspaper since the food will not touch the bag. Put your tip/nozzle into your homemade decorating bag - snip one of the twisted ends from the plastic wrap - drop it into the decorating bag and squeeze :). That technique also works for icing or cold piping when you aren't near the city to find supplies. I have even used a bread bag in emergency.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kate for that! Definitely insightful and innovative ^_^

      Delete
  54. Hi. Great blog and info. Any idea where I can get fruit glaze? Most bakers use them as an alternative topping on cakes instead of ganache.
    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there, thanks for reading. I've seen them being used. I've seen a glaze being sold at walibhai karim on Biashara street in Nairobi, you can try them out and inquire. I'm not 100% sure if it's the same, but it's worth trying. Hope that helps, thanks. ^_^

      Delete
  55. Hi,I Love your blog. I need help, I'm starting out in baking and was hoping to get advice on where I can get a good "Electric Oven only", (not a cooker with oven) that will be value for money. Im scared as I dot want to invest in an oven that will end up being a nightmare

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, if you want for commercial purposes. Look for electric ovens from companies such as Serviscope EA Ltd or Caterina. They are for commercial use, just be aware that they are more costly than the home ovens. Just search for the companies' contacts on Google, you'll find their links

      Delete
  56. Hi, i love your blog. you can also purchase all baking equipment from D.K Engineering (commercial)

    ReplyDelete