10 things every baker needs
You need the right kit to be a baking whizz. We take a look at what you should have in your cupboards.
Got the baking bug? It seems everyone has. Sponges and cupcakes, flans and fruit cakes. It’s all going off.
More than three-quarters of us regularly bake at home, according to Mintel. That’s a lot of potential soggy bottoms.
Roll up your sleeves and reach for the eggs and flour with our 10 things every baker needs.
- Mixing bowls
You’ll need a variety of mixing bowls in different shapes and sizes. There are plenty of options to pick from but you can’t go wrong with stainless steel.
Why we love stainless steel: It’s lightweight, won’t absorb smells from previous bakes and won’t chip if you’re an over-enthusiastic mixer. Baking winner.
Seasoned pros might bake by throwing in a bit of this and a handful of that. But if you want light and airy cakes you need to use the right amount of ingredients. And to get the right amounts you need scales.
Mechanical and digital are the main types of scales.
Why go digital? You can switch between grams and ounces easily depending on your recipe and measure even small amounts accurately. And they look pretty cool too.
Scales we love: Flour, sugar, margarine, liquids – yes, even liquids. Have ultimate control of your measurements with Salter’s Black Glass Digital Scales. Check out Salter’s Black Glass scales
Prefer something more old-school? Be a baking traditionalist with the mechanical orb scales from Salter. Just like baking with your gran. They have a 15-year guarantee too. Check out the Salter Orb scales
- Baking trays and tins
Ever baked the perfect cake only for it to stick to the tin? So annoying. Never again lose the side of your sponge to a stubborn tin with non-stick silicon bakeware. Cakes pop out perfectly plus it helps ensure even baking and rapid cooling. As an added bonus it’s easy to clean.
- Rolling pin
You can’t make pastry without having something to roll it with. For pies or tarts, a quality rolling pin is essential to ensure your pastry is thin and even. You can get non-stick polyethylene or metal models. Prefer an old-school wooden one? Simply sprinkle some flour over it before you start rolling.
- Pastry brush
A good egg wash is important for delicious bread or pastry – but you don’t want to be doing it with a spoon, or even worse your fingers - yuck. A pastry brush will help you spread the glaze neatly, evenly and hygienically for the perfect bake.
Had a bake ruined by stubborn clumps of flour that just won’t dissolve? You probably didn’t sieve it properly – tut tut. A sieve lets you gradually sift in the ingredients, distributing them evenly throughout the mixture and avoiding the dreaded lumps.
Want to get all of the cake mix out of the bowl? You need a rubber spatula that’ll scrape around the bowl’s curves. When it comes to baking, a rubber spatula goes places a wooden spoon just can’t reach. You can also use it for smoothing icing onto a cake.
- Stand mixer or food processor
Regular baker? Your life will be much easier with a stand mixer or food processor. Kneading, mixing, whisking – it does the hard work so you don’t have to. While the ingredients are mixing you can also get on with something else. Baking and food prep – which mixer is right for you?
Stand mixer we love: Curvy retro design. 5-star mixing, whipping and kneading. Flexi-beater to get every last bit of flour into your mix. 8 speed levels to suit different baking tasks. The Kenwood kMix KMX52 is a standout stand mixer. There’s no wonder we love it. Check out the Kenwood kMix
- Measuring spoons
Perfect for measuring out small amounts of vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda with precision. Measuring spoons tend to come in sets of 5, ranging from a mere ¼ of a tsp to a full tbsp.
- Hand mixer
Whether you’re whipping cream, beating egg whites or creaming butter and sugar, a hand mixer will save your arm muscles. A cheaper and smaller option than a stand mixer if you’re on a budget.
Hand mixer we love: The Kenwood kMix hand mixer boasts 5 speeds and an easy-grip handle. It’s also available in a range of super-stylish colours. Check out the kMix hand mixer