For people who love to make cakes and cupcakes, the ubiquitous icing spreader, or more formally known as the offset spatula, this tool is a MUST. Frosting, according to pro bakers, expert cake makers and pastry chefs, require special tools.
And the the icing spreader is one of those tools. It allows you to apply frosting, spread it all over a cake gracefully, patch it and even create waves, swirls, peaks and all sorts of other interesting designs. According to Kenzi J. Lopez of Serious Eats, it can also be used to remove a fragile piece of food stuck to a skillet, it’s amazing for careful and controlled plating, and can slip into pretty much any hard to get space to move or pick up food.
It is believed, by culinary historians, to be made of bronze, with a sharp point on one end and a flat edge on the other. The handy tool was used in pharmaceutical preparations and to slather on ointments and salves. In 1798 Horace Spatula came up with something similar that was used for killing the common house fly. The word spatula is derived from the Latin word for a flat piece of wood and is believed to have been used in English since 1525.
The Ateco 4.25 by 0.75-Inch Small Sized Blade Ultra Spatula has petite dimensions, measuring in at 4 1/2’’, and it’s also very lightweight. it is considered by most to be the industry standard, just for the sheer ability to achieve precision, control and finesse.
At $3.25, we think everyone should own it.