Some Basic Ground Rules

  1. Keep your tools in an appropriate container and always wash after every use so they are grease free and spotlessly clean.
  2. If using craft knives, keep them in a safe container, making sure the blades are clean and rust free. Always keep your knives out of reach of children.
  3. Icing rulers and scrapers should be kept wrapped in their own cloth or in plastic cover in order to protect their edges. If one becomes nicked, it will spoil the appearance of your flat icing.
  4. Icing tubes should be washed in soap and water after every use and stored carefully in their special case. If the tips become distorted, replace as soon as possible.
  5. Never use pins or wires to unblock an icing tube. Use a cleaning brush instead.
  6. All paint brushes should be washed regularly and stored brush end up.
  7. When not in use keep the lids on edible pens at all times. These pens are used for writing on icing.
  8. All bowls, basins and mixers should be grease free and spotless.
  9. If you have long hair, tie it back so that it does not interfere with your work.
  10. Invest in a good apron to protect your clothes from the inevitable soiling.
  11. Always ensure that your finished cakes are stored properly in a cool place, such as the larder; avoid damp and humid conditions. Never store a cake in the fridge where it will absorb moisture or in air-tight conditions—it will need to breathe!
  12. To transport your finished cake, choose a strong, clean cardboard box. These may be purchases from a good sugarcraft shop, which will also help to answer your questions about the proper kit to meet your goals.