My Favourite Things of 2014

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We’re now at the final homestretch of 2014! I have taught my last official class of 2014 and I’m now back in Sydney getting ready for the holiday season with my family. I am fully expecting to fill the next few weeks with lots of food, fun and laughter πŸ™‚

I have put together a list of my favourite things for 2014 and I’m planning for this list to be a yearly thing from now on. The wonderful people at Agbay have also offered you guys 15% off all their levelers. They have only offered this once before (last year, with me) and it’s so special that it’s only a 24 hour offer and only though their website. Use the code SWC15 when you check out. The offer is valid from midnight on the 14th of December until 11.59pm on the 15th of December EST. (That’s 4pm Sydney, Australia time on the 15th of December until 3.59pm on the 16th of December)

Together with that, I’m introducing you to some of my favourite people and I am also offering two packs of giveaways of my favourite things. See more details below!

1. Agbay Cake Leveler This is the Rolls Royce of cake levelers. I am aware there are other on the market, but thing will compare to the quality of the Agbay. This is one serious cake leveler and I admit I debated for a year before getting one but my only regret after getting it, is that I didn't get it sooner. It cuts down production time and I have never met any other decorator who purchased one and didn't think it was a beautiful product - just check out the testimonials on their website. They are offering 15% off any of their levellers and it's for 24 hours only, so don't wait!

1. Agbay Cake Leveler
This is the Rolls Royce of cake levelers. I am aware there are other on the market, but nothing will compare to the quality of the Agbay. This is one serious cake leveler and I admit I debated for a year before getting one but my only regret after getting it, is that I didn’t get it sooner. It cuts down production time and I have never met any other decorator who purchased one and didn’t think it was a beautiful product – just check out the testimonials on their website. They are offering 15% off any of their levellers and it’s for 24 hours only, so don’t wait!

2. The Business of Baking Blog (First picture) Michelle Green writes a wonderful blog jam packed with information about running a cake decorating business and her experiences within the industry. It's a must read, Michelle tells it like it is and one of the things I admire most about her and her blog is her ability to tell the truth, no matter how hard it might be. She's just launched an online e-course today - 30 days where she helps you and your business be more awesome. Check it out on her blog. 3. Sugar Art Studio (Middle picture) Giovanna from Sugar Art Studio makes insanely amazing flowers and I was lucky enough to take a class with her last year. I don't think she gets enough credit for the beautiful work. She also sells a range of her own custom made flower cutters too. Check them out on her website and be blown away! 4. Baking Arts (Last picture) Not only is Richard from Baking Arts a fantastic host and baker, he has also now opened his first shop in San Francisco (San Mateo). It is packed filled with goodies and my book so make sure you stop by and check it out or visit his website for classes and to and buy online.

2. The Business of Baking Blog (First picture)
Michelle Green writes a wonderful blog jam packed with information about running a cake decorating business and her experiences within the industry. It’s a must read, Michelle tells it like it is and one of the things I admire most about her and her blog is her ability to tell the truth, no matter how hard it might be. She’s just launched an online e-course today – 30 days where she helps you and your business be more awesome. Check it out on her blog.
3. Sugar Art Studio (Middle picture)
Giovanna from Sugar Art Studio makes insanely amazing flowers and I was lucky enough to take a class with her last year. I don’t think she gets enough credit for the beautiful work. She also sells a range of her own custom made flower cutters too. Check them out on her website and be blown away!
4. Baking Arts (Last picture)
Not only is Richard from Baking Arts a fantastic host and baker, but he has also now opened his first shop in San Francisco (San Mateo). It is packed filled with goodies and my book so make sure you stop by and check it out or visit his website for classes and to and buy online.

5. Silicon Rolling Pin I seriously travel with this rolling pin. 6. Metal Balling Tool Set I find this much smoother and easier to use than the plastic ones. 7. Craft Knife Super sharp and perfect for those tiny details. 8. Waterbrush Best. Thing. Ever. I love not having to worry about dipping my brush in water. 9. Acetate So many uses for such a simple item. I use it to smooth my cakes and scrape my ganache for 3D cakes. 10. Clear Smoothers Perfect for creating those sharp edges because you can see through them. 11. Acupuncture Needles No more needle marks on your cake! Comment on this post to enter. Entries close 11.59pm on December 31st 2014 - Sydney, Australia time.

5. Silicon Rolling Pin
I seriously travel with this rolling pin.
6. Metal Balling Tool Set
I find this much smoother and easier to use than the plastic ones.
7. Craft Knife
Super sharp and perfect for those tiny details.
8. Waterbrush
Best. Thing. Ever. I love not having to worry about dipping my brush in water.
9. Acetate
So many uses for such a simple item. I use it to smooth my cakes and scrape my ganache for 3D cakes.
10. Clear Smoothers
Perfect for creating those sharp edges because you can see through them.
11. Acupuncture Needles
No more needle marks on your cake!
Comment on this post to enter to win items 5-11. Entries close 11.59pm on December 31st 2014 – Sydney, Australia time.

12. Craftsy There are a lot of online learning options out there but Craftsy is by far the most interactive, advanced and provides the most variety. You get to ask your teachers questions directly and can also download the videos onto your ipad or iphone to watch offline. Best of all, once you purchase the videos, it's all yours, forever, to watch whenever you please :) Don't forget my website always has a list of my favourite classes and discount links to all of them.

12. Craftsy
There are a lot of online learning options out there but Craftsy is by far the most interactive, advanced and also provides the most variety. You get to ask your teachers questions directly and can also download the videos onto your ipad or iphone to watch offline. Best of all, once you purchase the videos, it’s all yours, forever, to watch whenever you please πŸ™‚ Don’t forget my website always has a list of my favourite classes and discount links to all of them.

215 thoughts on “My Favourite Things of 2014

  1. I love your work and your tutorials Sharon! I’ve been eagerly waiting to see your list since you posted the teaser post earlier. πŸ™‚

  2. Sorry one more request. Would you mind posting the brands of items 5-11 (or where we can buy them)? Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Most of the items on there are generic items I get from a wholesaler. But the water brush is from pentel πŸ™‚ Hope that helps. I will try and find out the brand of the rolling pin, since the original company I used to buy from many years ago is no longer around.

  3. I would love to win the silicon rolling pin, I have had one on my wish list for a long time.
    Thanks for your fabulous work, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Just ordered an Agbay!!! Nervous about the $$$, but super excited about the ease. Time is money! Thanks for the nudge and the discount!

  5. Wow I love watching your creations, and I love to win your favourite things set! Have a wonderful XMas and a happy new year!

  6. Thanks for posting your favourite things, interesting to note you travel with your silicon rolling pin; reminds me of Girls’ Guide (Scouts) motto: be prepared.
    Winning your favourite things will make my Christmas!

  7. I’d love to join your class again in Malaysia. When will you be coming here again for classes? I love that water brush & clear smoother! Teeβ€”hee,wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  8. I am knew to cake decorating and have been loving the classes I have been taking at craftsy. I practice on my family and they are in love with the creations I make. I know the proper tools will make the cakes look even better.

  9. I’m going broke just going through your list of favourite things. Had to stop at number 3 as my credit card was getting a work out :))))

  10. I LOVE you’re work and tutorials are very informative and detailed. I am learning so much from you (and other talented cake decorators willing to share their wealth of talent) THANK YOU!

  11. I love seeing baker’s favorite things! I’ve been wanting the clear smoothers since they don’t seem to sell them in the US! I love all your tutorials and Craftsy classes. Happy holidays!

  12. I love your classes and tutorials. I live in Calgary, AB but will be moving to Brisbane within the next few years so, hopefully, I can learn from you in person someday.

  13. Love your list! Would you mind posting the brands of items 5-11 and/or a source that we can purchase from? Thanks in advance!

  14. Hi Sharon,
    I love your work and your dedication to teaching us all that you know. You are a true inspiration.
    Hope 2015 brings you more joyous and prosperous adventures.

  15. Hi Sharon,
    I’ve been following your work for ages, but I only do cakes for my kiddies. Your tip in regards to your rainbows was a life savour! My rainbows after that was perfect! Thank you for being so generous, my kids thank you!

  16. Hi Sharon, I’ve been a fan of your for several years now. Was so lucky to be able to attend one of your classes in Malaysia about 2 years ago. Thanks for the list of your fave things and keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  17. Hi Sharon, I’d love to win this pack – especially the rolling pin – Merry Christmas and thanks for a great year of fantastic tips and tricks xx

  18. Thanks for the info on your favourite things love to read about that!!! Can’t wait to do your course in February 2015!!!

  19. I have been wanting a silicon rolling pin for ages. I love your work and the fact that you share so much information.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  20. How wonderful – so nice to see others favourite products and even better to have a chance to win to have a go yourself. Love your work.

  21. Thanks for some new shops to check out. I would love the rolling pin, I seem to have lost my rolling mojo lately, lol

  22. Owning all of these baking tools is like winning a super sweepstake draw. These will definitely be very useful in my tools inventory. Hopefully come 1 inch closer to your expert skills.

  23. Herloooooo Sharon!
    Love your work and have learnt so much from your blog and book. Would be stoked to win a set of those tools:) been looking for a good set of clear scrapers and haven’t been able to find the right sized ones for some strange reason. It’s driving me bonkers. Haha…Anyhoo..tht aside,.Merry Christmas!!! – Amanda

  24. Hi Sharon. I’m a newbie to the cake business. But I have been doing cakes quite a few years. First baked for the family and friends and just started taking orders very slowly.
    I just love all your creations and enjoying learning from all cake artist around the world and applying those techniques in toy cakes.
    Thanks and regards,
    Tanuja.

  25. Thanks Sharon for your fabulous list. I’ve been hunting high and low for those clear smoothers -to no avail πŸ™ fingers crossed xox

  26. Wow, this list is great! Thanks for sharing. I love the idea I the clear smoothers. Being able to see what I’m doing would be a great advantage. Thanks Sharon.

  27. You are one crazily talented baker and your creations never failed to amaze me! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  28. Would so love all of these!! I just did a free cake class for some students and it was amazing but I ended up breaking my rolling pin which I was so attached too!! Would love this!!

  29. Hi woul’d love to win one of the packs the rolling pin looks awesome so much better than mine which I might add makes my hands hurt really bad. Love your work and tutorials such a big help. Thank you x

  30. Hi would love to win one of the packs the rolling pin looks awesome so much better than mine which I might add makes my hands hurt really bad. Love your work and tutorials such a big help. Thank you x

  31. I love your tutorials. I love the fact that people like you share your techniques and tips online. Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS Sharon ! God Bless you and your family. πŸ™‚

  32. Hi Sharon, you are a great inspiration to my cake decorating career, as I’m also moving on from my corporate job to something completely different. I bought your book and love every bit of it.
    The silicon rolling pin and water brush are such good tools to have, would be so good to win the pack!

  33. I’m hoping your book made it off my Xmas list and under the tree. Thanks for also sharing your favourite things! Definitely going to have to look into the Agbay leveller.

  34. Would love to win everything you are giving away but on my wish list has to be the Silicone Rolling Pin. I have wanted one for ages but they are a teeny bit expensive

  35. What a brilliant list…..though I must be honest I’ve never thought about using acupuncture needles before for cake decorating! πŸ™‚

  36. I would love to win your favourites so I could make them my favourites too. I am a huge admirer of your work so would love to do something even nearly as good as you.

  37. Hi Sharon

    Thanks for all the interested and educational tutorials. Totally love them. So wish you would come to South Africa so I could attend one of your classes.

    Thanks once again
    Tasneem
    Port Elizabeth
    South Africa

    Mwah!

  38. You do beautiful work and can’t wait to see more. I wish I could make cake’s like you do. I guess I’ll just have to practice.

  39. I love your work and have purchased your book and a few of your online tutorials, I would love to win some of your favourite things. Have a very Merry Christmas

  40. I have started to learn cake decorating this year and I found your tutorial are very helpful and easy to learn. Thank you so much for sharing your works and knowledge to us πŸ™‚ it is very helpful for learners. I wish join in one of your class but it is not possible because I am in Canada. Anyways thanks again and looking forward your new works and tutorial in new year. Wishing you have a wonderful holidays and amazing happy new year 2015

  41. Hi Sharon,
    Love your work. I have followed you from the early days. I can’t wait to meet you in Perth.
    Would love to win the rolling pin.

  42. Hi Sharon! I am a big fan of your creations and would love to win your favourite things pack! All the best in the new year πŸ™‚

  43. Love this blog and all the advice – would love to win the tools as well as I’m only just starting out! Thank you!!!

  44. I was lucky to receive an Agbay for Christmas would love to win your favourite things, woulb be an early birthday present x

  45. Hi sharon! Your book and basics bible is among my favourite things! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fab prize! πŸ˜‰

  46. I love these giveaways! It is very generous of you to have it. I love your work I wish I could register for one of your classes but they are to far when I have the time or when they are closer I don’t have the available time. It will happen one day! Soon I hope!

  47. I just got your book for Christmas and can’t wait to use it. I would love to have some of your favorite tools to use! πŸ™‚

  48. Great list!! Thanks for sharing and I’m looking forward to the vendor info for some of the items as well… that is assuming I don’t win them!!! πŸ˜‰

  49. Hi Sharon,
    I love your work and tutorials. It will be so nice to work with your favorite tools πŸ™‚
    Thank you and have a Happy new year!

  50. I am just starting my cake journey so would love to win some tools recommended by a professional that are going to make my learning a little easier.

  51. Just looking at your works is already a big inspiration! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and creations with us.
    I haven’t done many fondant cakes yet, but seeing what you do, keeps me trying harder and more.

    Have a great 2015!

  52. learning your technique makes making fondant a lot quicker and easier. I will be very very happy to win one of your fave tools and would love to learn more from you. Your tutorials are very very good.

  53. Love your work. I am eagerly waiting for one of your classes to be held in Melbourne. You are such an inspiration especially for a novice like myself. Would love to win your favourite things.
    All the best for 2015

  54. I love your blog and look forward to sitting down with coffee in hand to admire your flawless creations and pick up some great tips and ideas πŸ™‚

  55. Hi Sharon, I received your book for Christmas and absolutely love it! Lots of “of course that’s the easier way to do it” moments:) Would absolutely love to win some new cake tools to add to the collection. Can never have enough I say πŸ™‚ Thank you for the opportunity!!

  56. Thanks for your generosity! any would be great, but winning the Agbay for one of my caker friends would be the best! i have one already, and know how awesome they are. would love to win it to give away!

  57. Thanks for your insprirations Sharon. Love your creations, tips and competition.
    Good luck to everyone who are entering this competition.

  58. I love your blog,you page on FB and instagram. All of your works are gorgeous! I like your tutorials and creations. Thank you for sharing

  59. I love your work Sharon! Like I’ve said before, I love even more that you’re a fellow Aussie making such a huge name for yourself worldwide! You’re an inspiration to Aussie bakers!
    I would absolutely love to win this pack because I’m just a mummy baker and I’ve spent far too much money on tools I only occasionally get to use already to justify buying any more – but I’ve had my eye on the craft knife in particular!!! πŸ˜‰

  60. Sharon, how generous of you! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the competition. Your work has inspired me for years πŸ™‚ i hope your Christmas was wonderful and your new year is safe, successful, and blessed xx

  61. Love the silicon rolling pin! πŸ™‚
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Am looking forward to join your class in Singapore next year! πŸ™‚

  62. I just started to learn about cake decorating and was inspired from you. I really love your work and already bought your book. Can’t wait for another book and tutorial.

  63. Hey Sharon!
    Love your work. Have a few of
    your tutorials and the fondant
    animals one from craftsy! Has
    helped so much! I got my water
    brush from my local scrapbooking
    shop if anyone is looking they
    are the best idea ever!!!
    Nat

  64. I got my Agbay from your last discounted promo. I would Thank you, Sharon. I would love to own a silicon rolling pin and the rest on offer. TIA
    Regards, Gen
    cakesbygen on INstagram

  65. Hi Sharon
    the cakes you make are absolutely amazing, and thank you for sharing your tutorials and blog! And thank you for this competition what an amazing prize, fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  66. I just started to learn about cake decorating and was inspired by you when I saw your facebook. I love your work and inspiration. I’ve bought your book and can’t wait for other books and tutorial.

  67. Im an absolute absolute fan of your work ….would love to win any of the favourit things πŸ™‚

    Thank you for always sharing your knowledge

    Merry yay Christmas and a happyyyy new year

  68. Hey Sharoon I am Anum from DUBAI attended ur milk jug class!! Lov u work it is just amazing and outstanding looking forward to win this above set!! Fingers crossed!!! πŸ™‚

  69. I found you when I was desperately googling how to make a fondant elephant for my daughter’s 1st birthday. I purchased your tutorial and was very happy with the end result. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! πŸ™‚
    Best wishes for 2015!

  70. Love cakes/ sweets all my life but recently been introduced to the world of creating them and now totally hooked… Never realised how much the cake creation has evolved. Just recently started to try and build up my equipment collection, must admit at the start I was totally ill prepared and had to improvise which made things harder or near impossible. Hoping one-day soon I’ll beable to do one of your creative master classes. Thanks Sharon your creations and collaborations have been really inspiring to me especially at a time in my life where I was looking for a creative outlet and find something I truly loved to do + make others happy with having crested something that gave them a sense of joy. Xo

  71. hi Sharon
    You made my daughter-in law”s & Son’swedding cake in February 2012, nearly 3 yrs ago and you iced their top tier with my fruit cake. Thaose flavours were amazing in the wedding cake you made for them . Ever since then I have tried making many different types of cake flavours through your inspiration… Thank you. Have a wonderful & prosperous 2015…
    Kindest Regards
    Anna

  72. Thanks for sharing Sharon. I will be getting a couple of those items to add to my collection. Cant wait to do the Sydney class in February.

  73. Hi, Sharon! Love your cakes and your tutorials! Very curious about the acupuncture needles – never would have thought to use them! Your tips are always useful, thank you!

  74. I love your works and madly want to go to all of your classes, but right now can’t. So I would would be really happy to win your favorite tools!

  75. re Love all your ideas and creations. They are outstanding. Your cakes are Amazing.Thank you for sharing. Hope I can learn lots from you. Hope with those gifts I can use them to improve my skill, bake and decorate more cakes for next charity functions.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. Wish you have a great New year 2015. Ps. Love your first book, can’t wait for your second book.

  76. Just came across your site. Love it so far! The water pen sounds amazing! Off to explore the rest of the site!! Happy baking!!!

  77. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for running this giveaway! It would be amazing to win a set of your favourite tools!

    Love your work, and your book! I really enjoyed the demo / book signing evening too!

  78. Love your list, Sharon! Very much like an Oprah-of-the-baking-world list of useful things for cake decorating. Happy new year to you!

  79. I hope to buy that acrylic/clear fondant smoother here in the Philippines..i cant find it anywhere=( even online.. maybe in the US but not here=( i love your blog!!

  80. Wishing you many blessings for the new year. I have just started back in the cake decorating. I’ve watched your tutorials and they are extremely helpful. I love your “My Favorite Things of 2014” list. It would be an honor to be able to win this contest. Thank you.

  81. I’m amazed with your skill. How do u do all those tiny art? My hands are so fat and chubby and sweaty….how how how?

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