Hi Angie,Hi @Varsani17
Welcome to the site.
Regarding the Icing Gun, these are more so used for making biscuits and sometimes have nozzles for piping with them. You can also get Icing syringes, but to be honest, a piping bag and nozzle are much better.
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If you mean a sugarcraft gun please see further down the post.
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I have mixed feelings on an Icing Gun because I know people that have had issues with them in the past, and depending on what kind of business your friend wishes to start, it may not be the best tool for you to buy her.
If she's making biscuits all the time and she gets the consistency of the mix correct, then the icing guns can make beautiful pretty biscuits. They also have piping nozzles that come with them, but I know that people have found that with the buttercream being much thinner, it's just oozed out, causing issues with what they were trying to decorate.
An icing gun is quite a specific thing and generally only used seasonally for Christmas Cookies, so it might not be something she would use a lot.
If your friend makes lots of cakes/cupcakes, there are lots of nozzles (the new Russian Piping Nozzles are great for effect), moulds, paints, etc., on the market. You could even buy embossed rolling pins with patterns on them, so if she was to make a biscuit, she could easily use the embosser for both cakes and biscuits.
If you still wish to go ahead with the Icing Gun, make sure you read reviews and see how other people found the product.
If you mean a Sugarcraft Gun like this? Then yes, these are a good tool and come in very handy when making decorations for cakes/cupcakes.
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I hope this answers your question, but if you need anything else, then please let me know.
Hi Angie,You're most welcome, Pooja - @Varsani17
Lol! I know it's like a kids playdough toy, but you get great patterns from it, and you can eat it too.
If you're looking at anything with swirls/whirls with buttercream, these will be piping nozzles, like the Russian ones I mentioned before, and Wilton does a range too. The 1M nozzle gives you Rose Shapes when you pipe with it like so...
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If you want to buy a Sugaracraft Gun, then any of the proper cake stores will be your best bet; that way, you know you are getting a legitimate product. Buying from any of the below cakes stores should be fine. I normally buy lots of things off Amazon, but I want to make sure you're going to get a decent tool for your friend, so for this, I would stick with one of the Cake stores below.
Tritools EXTRUDER GUN modelling tool & 16 design discs - fondant sugarpaste icing cakes cupcakes sugarcraft - from only £15.26 @ Cake Stuffwww.cake-stuff.com
This handy, pump-action Sugarcraft Gun is designed for working with many different mediums, including Sugar Florist Paste, modelling paste or marzipan. This versatile sugarcraft tool comes with 16 different discs so you can make ribbons, hair, grass, rope, basketweave, bricks and logs with ease.www.squires-shop.com
The Sugarcraft Gun is an excellent tool to help you achieve effects such as hair, ribbons and rope quickly and easily. A number of attachments are included to product many different shapes. Use with sugarpaste, flower paste, modelling paste or marzipan.www.cakecraftworld.co.uk
For your edible fondant, glitter decorations, you could also use The Cake Decorating Company or Vanilla Valley. If you want to buy moulds, Karen Davies and Katy Sue Moulds are excellent and of very good quality.
If you want to buy her edible dyes, I recommend Sugarflair Concentrated Dyes and definitely the Colour Mill Dyes. You may also want to check out my Reviews Section, too, as I post many Cake things I've bought and used in there, and there are links of where I got stuff from.
I agree with your husband; it's always worth looking about to get peoples advice that way, you know what you're buying.
Hi Pooja, you're most welcome, my dear, glad to be of help to you.
Squires Kitchen is a reputable firm, so yes, that's fine. I thought I would send you numerous links so that you had options available to you.
Just a quick note, if you buy her any icing/fondant/sugarpaste for her to use with the Sugarcraft Gun, she will also need to use either Trex or Petal Base with it. This needs to be mixed with the icing/fondant/sugarpaste before putting in the gun so that it slides out easily.
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That's lovely that you are going to buy her other things too. You'll find lots of wonderful bits and pieces on the internet for your friend, and I'm sure she'll be thrilled with whatever you buy her.
If you need any further advice on any other products or have any questions about anything else, then just give us a shout.
what do you think of this?
Set of 3 Holly Cupcakes Stunning Sparkly Decorating Glitters with Application Brush: Silver, Gold and Iridescent White: Amazon.co.uk: GrocerySet of 3 Holly Cupcakes Stunning Sparkly Decorating Glitters with Application Brush: Silver, Gold and Iridescent White: Amazon.co.uk: Grocerywww.amazon.co.uk
Kind regards Pooja
I have order the sugar gun from the link you sent me should come by the 14th April, I am now looking at decoration to buy just a few bits and pieces, i will make a hamper, basket or a box to put everything in make it look all nice.
I Think I might let her buy the fondant, paste etc as she knows which one she uses, I haven't actually seen her bake. but when i give her her gift I Will tell her about the petal base and Tex. Thank You
So are you a professional baker?
Thank you for the Tip,@Varsani17
Yes Pooja, if your friend is going to be setting up a business or making/selling cakes, she will need to advise customers what are contained in her cakes. If you buy edible glitters from a cake store, they have a list of ingredients/allergens/etc. And if there were anything wrong with a batch you have used, they could contact their suppliers and advise them of any problems.
On the internet, even though many people do sell legitimate items and the one you have put a link to may sell wonderful items for me personally with things that are to be consumed, you have to be extremely careful, especially with how many people have allergies these days.
So with that in mind, I would buy from a cake shop and yes, the link I gave you is fine.
For edible pens, you could buy them off the internet or from the supermarket...
For certain bits of other equipment, you can buy them anywhere off the internet, but for this, stick with a cake shop. You may want to look at some more of the cake shops I mentioned if you'd like to shop around.
Yes, they are sealed and packaged up, so buying them off Amazon would be fine. I bought mine off Amazon because I'm sure they originate from the States...after checking, they are made in the USA, so they have been imported. I like these, but you have to use them on dried, hardened icing; otherwise, they will absorb into the icing or may tear it.
10 x Foodoodler Edible Ink Pens Markers Fineliners for Cake Decorating: Amazon.co.uk: Toys & Gameswww.amazon.co.uk
I have just spotted these new ones at the Cake Decorating Company made by Sugarflair, but I've never used them. These ones have a wider nib.
Edible Marker Pens
I'm still trying to figure out the other brand I bought a few years ago, and they had a softer nib to write with. If I remember them, I'll let you know.
The Foodoodler ones are full-sized pens so they're easy to write with.
i might get then pens off amazon get the usual colour, black, gold and sliver.
and the glitter from the supermarket or cake shop.