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April 26, 2022 5 min read


If you're new to baking and you're oblivious to the world of baking tools, this blog is for you. Here are 16 baking items that every home baker should have. Let's get started.


1) Wet and Dry Measuring Cups and Spoons


Three glass measuring cups in different sizes and a set of nice stainless measuring spoons.
Credit: Freshly Baked


Because baking requires precision, having a complete set of measuring cups and spoons on hand is essential. You won't be able to precisely measure all of your components with just one type of measuring cup; you'll need both dry and wet measuring cups.

A tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon are included in most measuring spoon sets, while one cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup are included in most measuring cup sets. You can get by with a 1-cup size for liquid measuring cups, but having 2-cup and 4-cup sizes on hand is very useful.


2) Oven Thermometer


A set of four different oven thermometers inside an oven ready to measure the temperature of the oven
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Unless you have a brand new oven, your oven's temperature is likely to be incorrect. It's possible that when you set your oven to 330°F, it's not actually 330°F inside. It could just be a few degrees off — maybe 10 degrees. Or far higher - 100 degrees or even higher!

The incorrect temperature of the oven could ruin baked items, resulting in a waste of time and money spent on the recipe. An oven thermometer is a low-cost solution to this issue. They are indispensable in a baker's kitchen, despite their low cost.


3) Baking Pan


A set of four baking trays.  Two cake rounds with high sides and two pie size pans that are shorter


Every home baker should have a few nice cake baking pans on hand for making cakes, brownies, and bars. The most common round cake pans are 6-inch round, 8-inch round, and 9-inch round. While preparing bars, squares, and shortbreads, a 9-inch square pan comes in handy.

Furthermore, if you enjoy making cheesecakes, you should absolutely invest in a decent springform pan. When it comes to baking cakes, tortes, and cheesecakes, they are indispensable. A 9-inch springform pan would be ideal for cheesecakes, while a 9 x 13 rectangular sheet pan would be ideal for coffee cakes.


4) Baking Sheets


A tray with some chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet which is on a cooling rack with a dishcloth
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These raised-edged flat pans are great for baking cookies, scones, and pastries like croissants, and they may also be used to roast vegetables, fish, and meat. Although sheet pans are usually referred to as cookie sheets, a true cookie sheet has just one rolled edge for handling and the rest of the sides are open for simple cookie transfer to a cooling rack.


5) Digital Scale


A digital scale on a marble countertop with some flour in a bowl. Other baking ingredients are around the scale.
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This may be the most essential item on the list, because flour is the most important ingredient in baking, and measuring it incorrectly is one of the most common baking mistakes. Purchase a digital scale with a tare function that allows you to lay a bowl on it and then zero it out.


6) Electric/Stand Mixer


A green stand-alone mixer aid on top of a kitchen counter with some kitchen utensils and ingredients in containers in the background
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Most recipes call for the use of a mixer. We recommend using a stand mixer because it speeds up the process of creaming, kneading, or even mixing up cold butter. A stand mixer is an expensive purchase, but one that is well worth it. A high-quality stand mixer will serve you well for a long time.

A hand mixer, on the other hand, is the way to go if a stand mixer isn't in the budget or if you're just starting out. Hand mixers take longer to complete a task. For instance, buttercream frosting can take 8 minutes to make in a stand mixer. On the other hand, it could take 10-15 minutes with a hand mixer.


7) Mixing Bowls


Three silver mixing bowls on a black kitchen surface with two eggs, a chopping board and mint
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Mixing bowls are as important as a digital scale, measuring cups, and pots and pans. You wouldn't be able to live without them in your kitchen. Consider using steel mixing bowls, which must be both deep and broad enough to allow for easy whisking.


8) Silicone Baking Mats


A lady rolling out some colored dough on a silicone rolling mat with a plastic rolling pin
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Silicone mats can be used in place of parchment paper, wax paper, foil, or even a greased cookie sheet. They can be used in the oven, ensuring that your sheet pans are clean every time you use them. No more impossible-to-clean chocolate or ugly jam spills.


9) French Rolling Pin


A lady using a wooden rolling pin to roll out some dough on a marble kitchen counter
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A rolling pin is a must-have piece of equipment whether you're making blue ribbon-worthy pies or a large batch of cinnamon buns. Consider using French rolling pins. They're simple to use and maintain.


10) Spatula/Scraper


A green and red spatula on a white marble surface with a green glass bowl on the side
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This tool is great for scraping the final bit of batter or dough from a pan, as well as scraping all the nooks and crannies out of a jar. They're also great for mixing wet and dry ingredients. The difference between a silicone and rubber scraper is that silicone scrapers are more heat resistant than rubber scrapers.


11) Fine Mesh Sieve/Sifter


Someone sifting flour through a fine mesh sieve onto some different cheeses.
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Sifting dry materials like flour, sugar, and/or cocoa powder is required in some recipes. That step isn't only for the sake of amusement or to make your life more difficult. It aerates these ingredients and removes any lumps, ensuring that your recipe is successful! Make sure you choose a sifter that is extremely durable, stainless steel, does not create a lot of mess, and is simple to clean.


12) Muffin Pan and Bundt Pan


If you enjoy baking cakes, you will almost certainly bake cupcakes and muffins, which necessitates the purchase of a nice muffin pan. Consider acquiring a bundt pan to make bundt and ring cakes, as well as loaf cakes. These are ideal for fruitcakes in the summer as well as spice cakes in the winter.


13) Loaf Pan


Two loaf pans on a cream marbled kitchen counter with some cakes inside that have just been baked.
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Pound cakes, bread, babka, and savory entrees like meatloaf can all be made in loaf pans. Use a Pullman loaf pan, which has a lid that seals off its high sides, preventing rise, to bake any standard sandwich bread with minimum crust. By laying a weighted-down sheet pan on top of a conventional loaf pan, you can build a makeshift Pullman loaf pan.


14) Wire Whisk


A person holding a wire balloon whisk with some batter dripping off it into a bowl.
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You can beat an egg with a fork if you want to. When it comes to beating six eggs, though, only a wire whisk will suffice. This equipment, sometimes known as a balloon whisk, is used to whip air into liquid substances to make them fluffy or frothy.


15) Pastry Brush


A red, yellow, and green silicone pastry brush set with a cake tin and some colored paper cupcake holders
Credit: Farfoot


A pastry brush can be used for a variety of tasks, but it's especially useful for coating the tops of pastries with egg wash when baking. When it comes to germ resistance, silicone bristles pastry brushes are the preferable option.


16) Pastry Blender


A person using a pastry blender in a silver bowl mixing butter and flour on a kitchen counter
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This is a useful baking utensil to have if you frequently bake pies and flaky biscuits. If you don't have one in your kitchen, two butter knives will suffice. To cut the butter into the flour, simply move the knives in a crisscross pattern.




When you bake with the correct utensils, you'll always have a successful outcome! We hope you find this list to be beneficial.

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