So where does one start? I’ve rounded up some of the most essential tools for a beginner (or any baker) to have in their arsenal.
WHERE I BUY MY BAKING ESSENTIALS:
- Amazon: Like a lot of people, the Amazon obsession is real. I’ve gotten the majority of my baking essentials off of Amazon and have never had any trouble with them. They’re affordable and show up at my door in 2 days. Love it.
- Michaels: If you’re a Wilton fan, head to Michaels. Every so often baking equipment goes on a great sale (I’ve gotten pans for over 50% off!). Plus even if there’s no sale, Michael’s always has great coupons and you can get yourself a steal.
- Homegoods: For smaller items like utensils, Homegoods is fantastic. Everything is already discounted and you never know what you’re going to find. I’m a bit picky with my bakeware, but I do have a loaf pan from Homegoods that has been going strong for probably three years.
ESSENTIAL BAKING EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS:
QUALITY SHEET PANS
What I use and love:
Nordicware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
Did you know the pans you use can have an affect on your finished product? I’ve baked the same cookies on different cookie sheets before and ended up with half of my cookies being darker than the others. I purchased these half sheet-pans a few months ago and I haven’t used another cookie sheet or sheet pan since. These are aluminum which have a high heat conductivity so your treats bake evenly. I make everything from cookies to scones to potatoes on these pans!
What I use and love: Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan
Muffins and cupcakes are staples in my baking, and you can’t make muffins or cupcakes without a muffin tin. I’ve had this Wilton tin for years. It’s the perfect size for so many recipes, and it’s under 10 bucks!
What I use and love: Rubbermaid Oven Thermometer
I’ll be honest, this is something I purchased within the last year, but now I won’t bake without it. I was shocked to see how off my oven temperature really was. When I first used my oven thermometer, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and when my oven beeped to say it was done preheating, I saw that it was only at 300! HUGE difference. If you’ve ever followed a recipe step-by-step and it hasn’t come out right, it could just be your oven temperature.
What I use and love: Kitchenaid Hand Mixer
While I’m in love with my stand mixer, and use it constantly, those things can be pricey. A hand mixer is the perfect alternative for beginner bakers. I love my Kitchenaid hand mixer. It’s so easy to use and comes in a ton of fun colors! To be honest, sometimes I ditch my stand mixer in favor of this when I’m being lazy.
MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS
What I use and love: Random sets from Homegoods
All ingredients in a recipe need to be measured, so these are an absolute must. I own multiple sets of plastic measuring cups and spoons, which I think are perfect in the beginning. Most of mine are from Homegoods, but Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond have some great ones as well. (That 20% off coupon, though!)
What I Use and Love: Wilton Aluminum Performance Pans 8 by 2-Inch Round Pan
Every baker or aspiring baker needs cake pans. I recommend having 2 of the same size on hand for layer cakes. I got these Wilton pans on a whim at Michaels one day and I love them! Cakes come out super easily when greased properly and they’re easy to clean. My essential sizes are 8×8 inch, 9×13 inch, and 8-inch rounds.
SPATULAS AND WHISKS
What I use and Love: Fun patterns
I have a tiny addiction to patterned rubber spatulas and buy them whenever I come across them. I feel like I can never have enough! I have spatulas and whisks from everywhere: Sur La Table, Michaels, Homegoods, you name it! I love this strawberry patterned one, and it pops off the wooden handle for easy cleaning!