Here are some of the most essential baking equipment and tools for every baker. Whether you're a serious baker or a weekend dabbler, these items will help you produce your best baked goods. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
These are the items that will be required for any single baking project. This is the bare minimum you'll need in your kitchen to do the most basic recipes.
Nested, scoop-style cups are used for measuring dry ingredients. For spoons you need a good set that measures from ¼ teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. The “teaspoons” and “tablespoons” you eat with are not the proper size.
You’ll need a hand whisk for combining dry ingredients and folding together light and airy batters. You can also use a hand whisk for whipping egg whites or heavy cream if you don’t have an electric hand mixer.
I’ve had my KitchenAid 5 quart mixer for almost 30 years and have really put it through it’s paces, making everything from meringues to bread dough to rolled fondant. I recommend getting one spare bowl.
An electric mixer is essential for making cookies, cakes and frosting. Even if you have a stand mixer, it's nice to have a hand mixer to do those quick batters that don't require a powerful stand mixer.
Parchment paper not only keeps cookies and biscuits from sticking to sheet pans, I also cut circles for lining cake pans. You can also use parchment paper to make piping bags for writing on cakes and decorating cookies.
Believe it or not, apropane torch is an absolutely essential tool in my kitchen. Forget those frou-frou “culinary” or “creme brulee” torches, once you have one of these babies in your kitchen you’ll find a million ways to use it beyond creme brulee. Use it for unmolding cheesecakes, warming up meringue buttercream, etc.
Cardboard cake circles are great to use as a base when building a layer cake. The Cardboard base makes it easy to move the cake from refrigerator to serving plate. Use cardboard cake circles between tiers when building a multi-tier cake.