There are many gadgets and gizmos out there which claim to make baking easier. For most bakes, you will only require a few items. After purchasing these essentials, the rest really depends on what you want to bake. Anything else is likely to sit unused, collecting dust.

My essentials

  • scales (electronic are best as they are most accurate)
  • mixing bowls
  • sieve
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring jug
  • non-stick baking parchment
  • wooden spoon
  • spatula
  • whisk
  • cake tin¬†(correct sizes depending on what you want to bake)
  • baking tray
  • cooling rack
  • rolling pin
  • airtight container (for keeping your bakes fresh)

Luxury items

  • hand held mixer
  • stand mixer
  • food processor
  • skewer (to test if the middle of a cake is cooked)
  • palette knife
  • mini palette knife
  • pastry brush
  • piping bag and nozzles
  • baking beans
  • cutters
  • cake lifter
  • dough scraper
  • cake turntable
  • oven thermometer
  • cake boards
  • dowels

My experience has shown me that in general you are better to spend a little more money and buy good quality equipment.

My least favourite part of baking is cleaning up afterwards. I tend to prefer equipment which is dishwasher safe as this saves me time and effort!

I have tried silicone cake tins which work well. However, I have found they do take on the flavour of dishwasher tablets which is then transferred to your bake – not ideal! They are also harder to maneover because¬†they are flexible, especially when filled with raw cake mix. I don’t recommend a silicone loaf tin as the weight of the mixture causes the silicone to bulge outwards so you end up with a fat-sided loaf!

Some of my favourite items to bake with are those which have been handed down to me through generations of my family. I have an enormous Gresley mixing bowl (circa 1930s) which I make my Christmas cake in every year. It feels very special when the time comes to get it out the cupboard!

Lainey x