Making those beautiful confectionery shop cakes isn’t a distant dream if you have the right tools with you and the passion for baking. From durable cookware, essential items, and decoration tools, we have covered a complete list of baking tools and sets you’d need. Awaken the pastry chef within you with these absolute must-have baking tools for baking the perfect looking and tasting cakes at your home.
1) Mixing Bowls Set
The first item of your baking sets to purchase would be a set of differently shaped and sized mixing bowls. Making a cake involves a lot of mixing of separate wet and dry items and transferring one into the other. You can choose stainless steel bowls that are lightweight and won’t chip easily or go for glass bowls that are durable.
Mixing is a very important step in cake making. You have to ensure the contents are well mixed with and blended properly. Whisking is done to remove any air bubbles from the mixture otherwise the cake will not rise properly. Whisks are popularly used for this purpose and they cost very less. You’ll need it for beating eggs, whipping cream, creaming sugar and butter, and also for the final cake mixture. Choose a hand mixer set with accessories that include different kinds of whisks and speed levels. Otherwise, go for a stand mixer that runs on electricity to make your work faster and give your hands some rest.
3) Set of Measuring Cups and Spoon
Measurement needs precision in baking. A little bit of more or less of any item can turn your perfect cake into a not-so-perfect lumpy mixture. You can not only use a set of measuring cups and spoons for baking, but also for other kinds of cooking. Investing in this is a real pay-off. They come in stainless steel or plastic. Plastic ones are definitely cheaper but stainless steel ones are durable and long-lasting.
Invest in a kitchen scale and thank us later. Sometimes cake making instructions come in units you may not be familiar with and in this case, a scale can be your savior. You can invest in either a traditional scale or a digital scale. Digital scales provide more accuracy, especially for small quantities. Traditional scales cost less. It all depends on you which one you’d prefer to invest in.
A sieve is a must apart from any other baking sets you get for your home baking. It helps to sift the flour or powdered sugar and makes it ready to blend without lumps.
6) Rolling Pin
Instead of trying a shortcut with a glass or bottle, we strongly recommend you to try a rolling pin. Traditionally rolling pins are wooden ones and they help to spread the pastry thin and even. You can try a stainless steel pin as well as it doesn’t stick as much as a wooden one.
Get a set of spatulas of different sizes or a single one. You’ll find silicone or rubber spatulas in the market. They help to clean your bowl and empty the entire mixture out of it. They also help in evening out the icing on the cake.
8) Baking Trays and Pans
Baking trays and pans help you to easily bake your cakes, muffins, bread, loaves, tarts, cookies, and any other confectionery without them getting stuck. They help you to easily remove from the pan or tray once you’ve completed your baking. Some have a nonstick coating for easy release and cleanup. 8-inch round pans are the standard size available for baking. Get more than one pan for baking multi-tiered cakes or if you want to bake multiple cakes in a batch. Some cake pans come in beautiful shapes to give the cakes a beautiful form once they are baked.
9) Silicone Baking Mats
If you have a runny or sticky mixture that you fear may stick onto the pan, using a silicone mat ensures complete safety against damaging your cake. You can also use parchment paper or butter paper for a similar purpose. Cupcakes tend to stick a lot to the baking pans. In this case, using a baking mat will help you out. The pans also stay intact and can be cleaned easily.
10) Icing and Decoration Sets
Who doesn’t want to add a little bit of icing even while trying out their very first cake? Get the basic icing items like a piping bag, spatula, cake decorating stand, and icing tip shapes. A cake stand is very useful to keep the cake at the desired level and decorate it without hunching over the cake. A revolving stand makes it even easier. Spatulas are used for leveling the icing. Some angular spatulas can be used for creating interesting designs. The piping bag with icing tip shapes can help you to make fancy icing decorations on the cake’s top and the icing on cookies.
Here’s hoping that you loved our list of baking essentials for making the perfect cake at your home. If you are starting out with baking as a hobby or are already a seasoned baker, baking sets would never cease to excite you. Always ensure to invest in durable and good-quality baking tools because cheaper ones may not last long.