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.

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/Sieve

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 major supermarkets. Also bake-ware shops like Topserve Ltd on Accra road in Nairobi CBD. They are available in medium to large sizes and range from Kshs. 50 to 500, depending on quality and size.

Stainless steel sifter

2. Cake Turn-table

This tool is used to set a cake on before icing it for stability and also mobility. There are two types of stands/tables; stationery stands which can also be used for display as well as for icing and Turn-tables – these are best for frosting a cake with ease of movement.

cake turntable
Cake Turn-table

These revolving cake stands are available for use when icing cakes.

Steel revolving Cake stand

They make icing a cake easier since you can move them in any direction. Turn-tables are available in plastic or stainless steel material. They are found in bake-ware shops such as Topserve Ltd. Stationery cake stands are available in bake-ware shops as well.

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 or more. 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)

Cake levelers are available in house-hold shops or cake supply shops like Topserve Ltd for about 1,000 to 3,000. You can also search online for distributors who sell them as well e.g. vituzote.com.

4. Bread Knife

Large serrated bread knife

If you don’t have a cake leveler, you can use a large bread knife. This is a serrated knife that can be used on smaller size cakes to do the leveling before you frost your cake. They can be found in major supermarkets or cake accessories shops as well. They range from Kshs. 90 to 1,500 depending on quality and brand.

5. 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 silicone or wooden versions of the spatula, they are affordable and functional. Wooden spatulas can be found in some local market shops and supermarkets.

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. You can get them in cake supply shops, house-ware shop or major supermarkets.

Rubber spatulas – diff. sizes

 

6. Icing Spatula or Palette Knife

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 comes in a straight or beveled shape – these are known as off-set spatulas/palette knives.

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 or some house-hold equipment shops for around Kshs. 550 to 3,000 (depending on size). You can also search online for any vendors who may sell them online.

Icing spatulas - various
Icing spatulas/ Palette knives

7. Fondant Smoother

This is a decorating tool used for smoothing fondant icing 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 or you can search online for vendors who sell it.

Icing Smoother
Icing Smoother

8. 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 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 You can purchase a set; this include the bags, nozzle attachments and nozzles of different shapes; they range about Kshs. 970 to 3,000. You can also purchase the pieces separately for easy planning e.g. nylon bag (Kshs. 720 – 970), nozzle attachments/couplers (Kshs.90) and different nozzles (Kshs. 130 – 250 per piece).

Please note that there are also disposable plastic piping bags that can be used once or twice before discarding.

disposable bag
Disposable Piping Bag

You can choose to use these as well.

disposable-piping-bag-thin
Thin Disposable Piping bags (one time use)

9. 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 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 Topserve Ltd on Accra Road in Nairobi CBD and you can also search for vendors online. Any other additions and/or suggestions are always welcome. Happy Cake Decorating ^_^!

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55 thoughts on “Baking Equipment in Kenya-Cake Decorating

  1. 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 http://www.olx.co.ke. Hope that was helpful, thanks for reading our blog. Good luck.

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  2. 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. ^_^

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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 ^_^

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  8. 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?

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  9. 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?

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  10. 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?

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  11. 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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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?

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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

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  16. 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?

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  17. 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

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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

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  20. 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

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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)

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  23. 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.

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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?

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  26. 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?

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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

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