My Favorite Cake Turntable Is Discontinued — This Is the One I Recommend Now

If you’re serious about decorating, it’s a must-have.

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March 11, 2021

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Have you ever marveled at the cakes in the bakery window and wondered how the buttercream frosting ended up so perfectly smooth? No cake frosted at home ever looks quite that good. The answer is simple, really: the pros have special equipment.

If you’re an avid home baker (and cake enthusiast) you probably already know that you can buy some of the same tools that are used in professional bakeries. One of the most important of which, is a good-quality cake decorating turntable. The beauty of a good turntable is that it can make up for less-than-perfect decorating skills. After completely covering your cake with a layer of frosting you can simply hold a large offset spatula next to your cake and spin the plate of the turntable. Without moving the spatula at all, the cake will start to take on an impossibly smooth finish. You can also do the same thing with a cake comb, giving your cake a bakery-worthy buttercream decoration simply by holding the comb in place and spinning the plate. What could be easier than that?

This relies, of course, on having a high-quality turntable — like the one I have depended on for almost a decade. The exact model that I have is discontinued but I found another one that has all the same features. This Ateco cake decorating turntable is just like mine in three very important ways.

It's Super Durable

My cake turntable is heavy. The base is cast iron (just like the Ateco), so there’s no chance of bumping the turntable and toppling it over or sending it skidding across the counter. Plus, a study construction means that the turntable will last you a long time. I’ve had mine for almost a decade and it still looks brand new and works perfectly.

There's a Smooth Rotating Motion

I cannot emphasize enough how smoothly a two-piece turntable rotates. There’s no wobbling or shaking — the plate spins (effortlessly!) in both directions. The top piece is an aluminum plate with a peg on the bottom that simply inserts into the base, so there’s no need to fuss with grease or worry about parts getting stuck or slowing down.

The Two-Piece Design Is Clutch

My favorite feature, by far, is the two-piece design. Not only does it contribute to a smooth spinning motion but it simplifies cleanup and gives me additional storage options. After I’ve moved my cake to a plate or pedestal, I simply detach the base (which can’t be submerged in water) and wipe it down. Once the plate is cleaned too, I choose to store the two pieces separately, since space is limited in my kitchen.

Best of all, a cake turntable like the one I’ve described doesn’t have to cost a fortune — and if you find one with the features outlined above, you’ll be decorating cakes like a pro for years to come.

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