Love to bake? Stock up your kitchen with the baking essentials, gadget must-haves, nice-to-have baking tools and equipment, and baking ingredients to start and expand your skills. It is a great gift guide too!
This list, filled with different pans, spatulas, other baking and cooking equipment, also baking ingredients, will save you hours of searching through hundreds of sites on Google. So, let's start.
Baking Essentials Checklist
This is a comprehensive list of the names of baking tools and baking ingredients that I use and recommend for beginner bakers (also experienced bakers) to have in their arsenal.
If you are new to baking, start stocking up your kitchen using my Baking Essentials Checklist: download and print it out for free. It is a great place to start.
Begin with the must-have equipment by purchasing more, including nonessential tools, along your baking journey.
Must-have baking tools
These are baking utensils absolutely needed in your kitchen whenever you make a small cookie batch or bake a fruit flan for a crowd. They include baking mixing tools, baking cake tools, and baking materials.
1. Oven thermometer
An oven thermometer is a must-have to check the oven temperature. Discrepancies in the oven temperature and what you see on display are one of the reasons why you may fail at baking. So this tool is essential throughout the baking journey.
2. Kitchen scale
A digital scale that weighs liquid (fl oz, ml) and dry ingredients (g, oz, lb + oz) with an accuracy of 0.1 ounces (1 gram) helps measure your recipe ingredients precisely.
Its waterproof smooth glass surface is easy to clean. I would say that it is the best kitchen scale in the market.
This grams-to-cups conversion guide will be handy if you ever need to convert grams to cups.
3. Measuring cups and spoons
If you are a fan of measuring ingredients using cups and spoons, this 9-piece set of measuring cups and spoons is the best. Made with a copper finish, they are durable and will not rust, stain or break.
You will enjoy their stackable option for easy storage in your cabinets. This set also makes a perfect gift for any occasion. But to measure liquids, you need a specially designed liquid measuring cup.
4. Mixing bowls
A single mixing bowl or a set of 6 stainless steel mixing bowls is perfect for mixing cake batters, cookie dough, making cream, or chocolate ganache. They are dishwasher-safe and freezer safe.
5. Measuring shot glass
You will love this 3 oz. (90 ml) measuring shot glass that helps measure small amounts of dry and liquid ingredients. It is one of the handy baking items.
6. Flour sifter
Most recipes call for sifted flour or a mix of dry ingredients. With this flour sifter made of rust-resistant stainless steel, you will perform this task in no time. It is perfect for working with different types of flour (all-purpose flour, almond flour, etc.), icing sugar, cocoa powder, etc.
7. Cake pans
You can first invest in a round cake pan to make layer cakes and later purchase a 3-tiered cake pan set created for professional bakers. They provide easy release and cleanup and last through daily use for years.
You will also love to pick up one or a couple of cake pans of different sizes and styles:
- round cake tin,
- square cake pan,
- rectangular baking pan,
- half-sheet pan,
- bundt cake pan.
However, the pans above become optional if you use a simple cake pan sizes converter.
Moreover, if you ever want to recalculate ingredients for a fancy pan with a creative design, such as Kit Woody silicone mold, there is a solution too. Learn how to adjust a cake recipe for different size pans.
8. Loaf pan
You will use a couple of loaf pans, such as this silicone loaf pan or bread loaf pan, more than you can imagine. Banana bread, apple bread, and zucchini bread are just a few loaf cakes and quick breads that call for a loaf pan. If you want mini loaves, you may invest in mini loaf pans.
9. Muffin/cupcake pan
A classic muffin pan is a must-have in the kitchen. It is so versatile that you can make muffins, cupcakes, mini brioches, and even French madeleines.
This standard 12-cup muffin pan is created for everyday use and provides easy release and quick cleanup. It comes with a 10-year warranty.
10. Baking sheets/Cookie sheets
You need at least one, or better, a couple of baking sheets in your kitchen. These half-sheets made of pure aluminum are created for a lifetime. They are perfect for sweet and savory baking.
11. Pie plate
For homemade pies, sweet or savory, you will need a pie plate. You will also use it for preparing French classics - apple Tarte Tatin and custards.
But how to choose a suitable pie tin? Opt for an oven-safe Pyrex glass pie plate; better if it is made with borosilicate glass. Learn more about how to bake in a glass pan.
12. Rolling pin
Made of premium solid wood, this rolling pin is great for rolling out cookie dough, pasta, pizza, yeast dough, etc. It is durable and moisture-resistant.
You will probably use it more than just for rolling the dough. For example, you can crush cookies or Pink Praline if you don't have a food processor.
13. Parchment paper
Parchment paper is used to line baking sheets or pans to prevent your baking goods from sticking. Oven-safe and nonstick, this parchment paper fits most baking sheets. Having a positive review from almost 40,000 customers is worth investing in.
Over time, you may consider purchasing a silicone baking mat and precut circle cake pan liners.
14. Cookie scoop
At first, you may consider investing in a medium cookie scoop that is most user-friendly. Later, you can buy a cookie scoop set consisting of three cookie scoops perfect for making different cookie recipes. It is one of the best in the market.
15. Silicone spatula
This silicone spatula is made of premium silicone, so heat-resistant and safe to use. You will use it for mixing cake butter or cookie dough, scraping batter or dough from the sides of the bowl, spreading a cream or jam filling, decorating the cakes, etc.
16. Hand whisk
You will use a hand whisk to beat eggs with sugar and mix dry ingredients. It is essential in making French crepes and whipping up the custard. Here is one of the best balloon whisks with a perfect handle that is easy to hold in your hand.
17. Wire rack
A wire rack, also known as a cooling rack, is essential for cooling your baked goods. The nonstick cooling rack is durable and perfect for cooling cookies, pies, and cakes.
18. Oven mitts
You can't survive in the kitchen without oven mitts. Made of different colors, these oven mitts offer protection up to 450°F (232°C) and are essential for every baker and cook. Long enough (14.7 inches or 37.3 cm), they perfectly protect fingers, hands, and wrists from burns.
19. Hand Mixer
While you can whip ingredients with a hand whisk, it is much easier to use a hand mixer. A hand mixer is a cheaper and excellent alternative to a stand mixer in baking. It combines ingredients at seven speeds; easy and comfortable to use.
20. Kitchen scissors
You will need handy kitchen scissors whenever you need to cut parchment paper, trim the dough for the perfect pie, or cut a gifting paper and a ribbon.
Nice-to-have baking equipment
These are baking tools you invest in once you develop your baking skills, get enough space in your kitchen after decluttering or renovation, or receive them as a gift.
While these items don't fall into baking must-haves, they make an excellent addition to your existing baking arsenal.
1. Cake roll pans
If you are a fan of roll cakes, whether they are Buche de Noel or Swiss roll cakes, you will need a non-spill baking sheet. It is made with high-quality platinum silicone, so no worries: baking with silicone is safe.
To bake a classic Jelly roll cake, you will need a specially-sized jelly roll pan. If you don't have these fancy-sounding baking pans on the way to learning how to make roll cakes, use your baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
2. Cookie/brownie spatula
This cute cookie spatula, with its perfect size, is versatile for small cakes, pizzas, quiches, cookies, and brownies. Is this spatula a must? No, but it is nice to have in your kitchen arsenal.
3. Pastry blender
If you love making pies, you will enjoy this handy pastry blender. It helps cut the cold butter or shortening into flour to make flaky pie dough. But you can always use two butter knives if you don't have one.
4. Pastry brush
This handy tool is a nice addition to your baking equipment. You can use a pastry brush to grease your baking pans or apply egg wash or fruit tart glaze.
5. Icing spatula
This 13 inches (33 cm) bent spatula is perfect for smoothing icing between cake layers and transferring a cake roll to a serving platter. It is very comfortable in your hand and easy to use.
6. Wooden spoon
A single wooden spoon would be enough and handy in your kitchen. You can use it for stirring pastry cream, caramelizing fruits, and making thick cookie dough.
7. Baking cups
While you can bake muffins without baking cups, or you can make baking cups yourself, these high-quality unbleached cupcake liners are the best that perfectly fit a regular muffin or cupcake pan.
8. Cake lifter
You can use an angled spatula (aka offset spatula) and your hand to transfer your cake to a serving platter or a cake board. However, once you start making cakes more often, you will need this cake lifter that lifts cakes up to 12 inches (30 cm).
9. Cake leveler
While you can cut your sponge cake with a serrated knife, a cake leveler is a treasure. It is perfect for slicing cakes and tortes into thin layers.
10. Microplane (zester grater)
This Microplane is designed to make fresh citrus zest, to grate parmesan, ginger, and garlic. It would be nice to have, but if you don't have one, you can use a sharp knife or a simple grater.
11. Pastry bags
If you start decorating cakes, 18-inch (45 cm) disposable decorating bags will become essential for you as a baking enthusiast. A pastry bag is a must for professional bakers.
12. Pipping tips
While you might be impressed with decorating cakes on Instagram, you will only need a few piping tips at the start. These are essential tools for cake making:
- 1M open star pastry tip is one of the best and mainly used piping tips for decorating cakes and cupcakes.
- Ateco plain pastry tip 809 is wide enough and is perfect for piping dollops and making cakes.
13. Mandoline slicer
A mandoline slicer with six cutting options is excellent for making thin or thicker slices, cubes, and thick strips. It is a fancy and valuable tool at the same time.
14. Kitchen torch
A kitchen torch, also known as a blow torch, is perfect for making crème brulée and Vanilla Meringue Cake.
15. Citrus juicer
While you can squeeze a lemon with your hands, this manual citrus juicer saves time, money, and effort in making juice. It is easy to use and clean.
This colander with micro-perforated holes is great cooking essential for draining rice while making French rice pudding.
17. Fine-mesh sieve
You will use a fine-mesh sieve to sift a small amount of dry ingredients (otherwise, use a flour sifter) and dust powdered sugar over your baked goods. This tool is space-efficient and easy to use. If desired, you can alternate its use with a dredge.
18. Spider strainer
A spider strainer may become essential if you smakeapple fritters, blueberry, pineapple, or peach fritters. It is also used to make different kinds of donuts.
19. Egg separator
While there are many ways to separate egg whites from the yolks, nothing beats an egg separator. It is great for you if you often make meringue-based desserts.
20. Vegetable peeler
Yes, you can peel fruits and vegetables with a sharp knife, but a vegetable peeler is a specially designed-tool for this purpose. It is used for cooking too.
21. Coffee grinder
A coffee grinder is a must for coffee lovers and helps make icing (powdered) sugar at home. In addition, it is very compact and stylish.
22. Plastic wrap
Plastic film is used for everyday cooking, baking, and storing. You will use it to cover your pastry cream to prevent skin formation and to wrap your baked goods for chilling in the refrigerator. If you love to freeze food, it will become essential in your kitchen.
23. Aluminum foil
Aluminum foil is another good addition to your baking equipment. It is very versatile in the kitchen and for DIY projects.
24. Airtight food container
An airtight container made of glass and accompanied by a lick-proof lid is perfect for storing food, including baked goods.
25. Ziploc freezer bags
It would be nice to have a few Ziploc freezer bags with a triple-seal system in your kitchen.
26. Stand mixer
Finally. A stand mixer. This classic 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer with an elegant glass mixing bowl is a dream of bakers and cooks worldwide. It is one of the kitchen tools worth investing in. As a cheaper alternative, you can always use an electric mixer.
27. Food processor
This quiet and powerful food processor is perfect for chopping, slicing, whisking, and even kneading. It is ideal to have in the kitchen for everyday use too. Choose the Braun brand if you want to purchase a food processor.
Essential baking ingredients
Here is a list of essential baking ingredients for a well-stocked pantry that
- saves you time searching on the Internet and, when shopping;
- narrows your list to just necessary baking ingredients;
- suits your baking needs;
- helps you create desserts your family and friends will love.
Undoubtedly, you can adapt this basic baking ingredients list with more baking products and next-level ingredients. Over time as you progress as a baker, you will discover other baking essentials that fit your baking demands.
All-purpose flour, the same as plain flour, is a pantry staple, the essential ingredient in baking. It makes everything from cookies to crepes to muffins and cakes.
You will need gluten-free flour or a 1:1 gluten-free baking blend for gluten-free baking.
As you gain more baking experience, you will invest in cake flour, pastry flour, bread flour, and self-rising flour.
If you are in healthy baking, you will probably add some specialty flours to your basic pantry:
- Nut flour such as almond flour, hazelnut flour, coconut flour, etc.
- Whole wheat flour due to its high nutritional profile.
- Whole grain flour such as oat flour, millet flour, buckwheat flour, and a combination of different grains.
While it is nice to have a well-stocked pantry, try to go slowly and smart. Purchase small quantities of the flour, especially specialty flour, to avoid wasting and spoiling it.
Store flour in an airtight food container in a dry place at room temperature. Unopened flour lasts up to one year and opened - up to 8 months.
Since whole wheat flour and other grain flours tend to rancid quickly, keeping it in the fridge or freezer is a good idea.
Nut flours contain oils, so they should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months (respect the date on the package).
A good tip is always to follow the manufacturers' recommendations regarding storage.
Basic white sugar includes granulated sugar and caster sugar (or superfine baker's sugar). Superfine sugar is used to make meringue-based desserts.
Icing sugar, aka confectioners' sugar and powdered sugar, is used to dust your baked goods, make meringues, and whipped cream. You can prepare it yourself using a coffee grinder.
If you opt for commercial powdered sugar, it is good to know that it is mixed with a small amount of cornstarch.
You will notice that some baking recipes call for brown sugar and muscovado sugar rich in molasses.
Do you need other types of sugar, such as coconut sugar, date sugar, etc., and sweeteners? It all depends on your baking preferences.
Store different types of sugar in airtight plastic containers in the pantry at room temperature. Unopened and opened sugar lasts up to 2 years.
To keep brown sugar soft, store it with a special Brown Sugar Bear, a sugar saver, and a softener.
Leaveners, or leavening agents, induce chemical reactions in batters and doughs that bring volume to baked goods. Stock up your pantry with
- baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and
- aluminum-free baking powder.
But how to store chemical leaveners to ensure your baking is successful each time?
Store baking soda sealed in the original packaging in a cool, dark, dry place. Keep it away from foods with strong scents since it tends to absorb odors. Unopened baking soda lasts up to three years and opened - up to six months.
You should store the baking powder in the pantry in its original packaging with a tight sealing lid. If unopened, keep it for up to 18 months; opened should be used within six months.
To bake bread, donuts, brioches, croissants, and yeasted blini, you will need yeast as a biological leavener.
How to store it? Store unopened active dry and instant yeast in a sealed container in a cool, dry place, fridge, or freezer for up to 2 years. If it is opened, keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 months or freezer for up to 6 months.
To store fresh yeast, check the date on the package. It generally lasts for two weeks in the refrigerator.
Grapeseed oil and vegetable oil have a neutral flavor, and both are used for most baking recipes and greasing pans.
You should keep them in sealed bottles, preferably tinted glass or stainless steel. Store them in a dark, cool place for 6-12 months, but always check the expiration date.
Butter, margarine, and shortening are other fat ingredients often used in baking. Store butter and margarine wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for up to three months.
Unopened shortening can be stored at room temperature for up to 8 months and opened - for up to 3 months.
You should buy dairy products as you go with your recipe since these ingredients don't keep long.
- Eggs bind the ingredients together. Most recipes call for large eggs, but it makes sense always to check the size of eggs the recipe requires. Keep eggs in the original closed carton in the fridge. The eggs' shelf life is up to 1 month.
- Milk and buttermilk make the cakes moist. You should store them in sealed containers in the back of the fridge, checking the expiration date.
- Cream, mascarpone, and sour cream. Store them in sealed containers in the refrigerator. Always check the expiration date.
- Alternative milk such as soy, rice, coconut, and other plant-based milk.
5. Other dry ingredients in baking
Besides must-have ingredients, from flour to sugar as staples in your cupboard to butter to make Italian shortbread cookies, you may need some other ingredients on hand.
- Salt (table salt, sea salt, fleur de sel)
- Starches (cornstarch, potato starch)
- Cream of tartar
- Cocoa powder
- Powdered milk
- Spices (ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice, ground ginger, etc.)
Here is the place where you can get creative. The list of baking ingredients may become endless depending on your baking needs and preferences. So consider adding some along your baking adventure.
- Chocolate: white, milk, and dark chocolate in a bar form.
- Chocolate chips: sweet, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, unsweetened.
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, coconut, chia and flax seeds, etc.
- Dried fruits: raisins, cranberries, etc.
- Oats: quick, gluten-free.
- Flavorings: vanilla extract, almond extract, etc.
- Gelatin sheets or powdered gelatin.
- Honey, jams, and preserves.
- Nut butter: almond, peanut, etc.
- Matcha green tea powder.
- Food coloring.
Now with a comprehensive baking utensils list and baking ingredients, you are ready to start. Nothing can stop you from making your baking journey successful.
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