It’s baking season! Let’s take a look at the 11 baking tools and equipment that EVERY baker should have. With your kitchen well stocked, you will be able to bake anything and everything you want!
I would consider myself an avid baker.
10 years ago, after finishing a degree in Baking and Patisserie, I started my career as a professional baker. For 4 years I worked in restaurants and grocery stores trying to make a living from my passion. But, making minimum wage and rarely having 2 consecutive days off in a row, I burnt out quickly. I needed to find a new outlet for my love of baking.
And so, My Darling Vegan was born.
As someone who has spent a lot of time near the oven, I have learned and relearned what tools I need to have in order to be a happy successful baker. While this list could be much longer, I wanted to share only with you the essential baking tools that I believe EVERY baker should have. Wanna know what made the cut?
Let’s take a look.
I had to put this as number 1 because I love my doughnut pan so much! I use this pan all fall and winter long and it never fails me. Doughnut pans offer a way to baked doughnuts (rather than fry them) which end up being way better for you and (in my opinion) equally as good. I probably make a batch of doughnuts a week during my baking season. I mean, what would fall be without some Apple Cider Doughnuts?
And one of the best things about this doughnut pan – you can get it on Amazon for just $12!
Unless you want to cream and whip everything by hand (which I certainly don’t), a good stand up mixer is a necessity for any baker. Stand up mixers are both versatile and durable. They can come with several different attachments that allow you to cream (think: cookies) whisk (think: meringues) and kneed (think: bread) with far less strain on your arms. Stand up mixers can be pricey, but they are completely worth it! I have used this one consistently for 12 years and had never had a single issue.
If you are going to invest in one new kitchen gadget this year, I recommend a stand-up mixer.
A bundt cake pan in another one of my go-to favorites because it’s a) very affordable and b) very useful. I make a lot of bundt cakes during the holiday season (like this Gingerbread Bundt Cake) and I don’t know what I’d do without them! Bundt cake pans allow you to make any cake look immediately festive and fancy without any cake decorating skills. It’s truly a win-win.
And, better yet, the one use is 22% off Amazon right now!
Having a good bakeware set is essential for any baker and this 10-piece one from Rachel Ray has everything you need. It contains my most used bakeware such as a muffin tin, 2 baking sheets, cake, and loaf pans, as the perfect square pan for those gooey vegan brownies I’m about to go make. This particular set of pans is non-stick and made with durable carbon steel for a long-lasting set that you can use over and over again for decades.
This set also makes a wonderful gift! Just saying.
There are a few must-haves when it comes to baking utensils. You should have some high-quality silicone spatulas, a few pastry brushes, and a couple of whisks, most of which you can get in this set. I love silicone because it’s flexible, non-scratch, and heat resistant, all of which are important for keeping your kitchen tools and equipment in great shape.
Pastry cutter helps you cut the butter into the dough without having to over mix it. This method gives you the perfectly crispy and buttery texture of crusts and pastries that we all love. In addition to the pastry cutter, I also use my circle cookie cutters often. They are great not only for biscuits but shortbread, sugar cookies, and homemade Thin Mints. While pastry and dough cutters are not an everyday tool, they are certainly worth the price.
Having good high-quality reusable piping bags, as well as a set of stainless steel tips is important to have on hand.
Not only do I use my piping bags to decorate cakes and cupcakes, but I also use them to pipe my doughnut batter into doughnut pans (and we’ve already discussed how important doughnuts are), or to pipe chocolate or custards into pasties or tart shells. They are incredibly useful to have around and, as they are less than 10 dollars for a set, I’d say there’s no reason not to add them to your kitchen this baking season.
My hand mixer is another kitchen tool that I’ve had for at least 12 years. It can sometimes be used in place of a stand-up mixer for creaming and whipping when working in smaller or lighter amounts. But I find my hand mixer most useful for making coconut whipped cream and whipped custards. With a hand mixer there is far less cleanup than with a stand-up mixer, so whenever I can use it in its place, I will. That being said, a hand mixer and stand up mixer are not interchangeable.
I recommend this hand mixer as, after a decade of heavy use, it remains as good as new.
It goes without saying that every baker needs a set of measuring cups and spoons. I love this set because they are made with high-quality stainless steel for a professional grade measuring cups. This particular set also has a few extra measurements such as a 2/3 cup and 3/4 teaspoon which I love!
However, any measuring cups and spoons will do. Just make sure you have a complete set because, as we all know, baking is an exact science.
Along with measuring cups, you’ll want to have a nice set of mixing bowls.
I use a mixing bowl for nearly every baking project. This is my set which I love because it comes in 3 stackable sizes of stainless steel. These bowls have both lids, which are great for eliminating plastic wrap when you are chilling and/or rising your dough, batter, etc., and they come with a non-slip silicone bottom. No more chasing your mixing bowl around the kitchen counter. With these silicone bottoms, your bowl will stay put so you can do your job.
And finally, silicone baking mats. These are used in place of parchment paper when baking. They are reusable and have a non-stick bottom that makes it easy to remove your baked goods from the sheet pan while avoiding the burnt bottom problem. Beyond cookies, silicone baking mats are great for candy making such as truffles, brittle, and toffee.
When it comes to baking, I use my silicone baking mats for nearly everything.
There you have it.
The 11 kitchen tools I believe every baker should have.
With these tools, you can make all the pies, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, and candies with ease. But I am sure I’ve left out a few of YOUR favorites. In the comments below, tell me your go-to baking tools and equipment.
Written by Sarah McMinn