We take our baking tools very seriously around here. Clearly so does Tilly. And with so many options out there, it can be hard to figure out what exactly a home baker needs to master every baked good. Questions we get asked ALL the time are: what tools do you recommend? What size KitchenAid should I get? Where are those measuring cups from?
So we rounded up our favorite baking gear we can’t live without.
You know this is always going to be number one and I’ll tell you why: it saves so much time. Every time I have to whisk something by hand I’m like how the heck did people bake before KitchenAids?! It lasts forever, is super customizable (hello whisk, paddle, and dough attachments and don’t even get me started on all the other fancy attachments KitchenAid comes out with the on the reg). I love the 5 quart size–not too big, not too small, and perfect for the home baker.
If there is one thing you invest in, this is it.
I’ve been using my great grandmother’s sifter for years and this one is virtually identical. Whether it’s making sure there are no almond chunks in your macarons, sifting the dry ingredients for a perfectly soft vanilla cake, or dusting scones with some powdered sugar, a sifter is a necessity. I love the crank handle on this one and how easy it is to use for both large and small quantities!
3. Rolling Pin
I think it goes without saying that every baker needs a rolling pin. For a short period of time in my college days I didn’t have one, and I have to say, a wine bottle gets the job done, but it’s certainly not as enjoyable. You’ll be obsessed with this sleek french rolling pin. It’s perfect for cut out sugar cookies, pie crusts, breaking up graham cracker crumbs, or pizza dough!
No, you don’t need one of those 200 dollar fancy juicers to make cold pressed juice (though I have one of those and I do like it :), but one like this makes fresh citrus juice for drinks or blood orange loaf cakes, a whole lot easier. This one is my favorite because it’s dishwasher safe, durable (we’ve had it for years), and prevents any seeds from getting into your juice!
Plus I just love that it’s yellow 🙂
I LOVE ZEST. If you’re not using zest yet in your baked goods, time to step up your game. Fresh zest is so much better than any lemon extract and is a breeze to make when you have a good zester or microplane in your life. This one is dishwasher safe (love) and has a super grippy handle so you don’t end up taking out any chunks of your fingers.
It would be pretty hard to bake anything without these. And if I had a nickel for every time someone asked where those gorgeous and functional gold and wood measuring cups were from I’d have at least like…2 dollars. So in case you were wondering, they’re from Crate and Barrel and they rock. But they are also super old and they don’t sell them anymore. Luckily these ones from Amazon are a fraction of the cost and just as lovely.
If you think frosting layer cakes is hard, I feel you. But here’s your solution. Frost your cake on this rotating cake stand, easily spin it around to get those smooth edges or funky frosting techniques and then transfer it over to your pretty cake stand or serving platter. This one rocks because it comes with a huge offset spatula to make frosting even easier. SCORE.
I can guarantee, that most of our recipes have the step “and allow to cool.” And you know what you need for that? A cooling rack. DUH. I love these cooling racks because they grid isn’t too large that a mini cookie will fall apart, but isn’t so small that you won’t get airflow. Plus it comes in four different convenient sizes, so you can get one for a huge batch or a sheet cake, and one for a mini loaf cake.
Sometimes the KitchenAid will be too big (or the bowl will be dirty and you’re too lazy to clean it…I know I am not the only one who feels this) and you’ll have to whisk something by hand. Whether you’re making brownies or whipping up a dipping sauce, a good hand whisk can make the process so much easier. We love the wooden handle on this one and the size is perfect.
10. Offset Spatula
This spatula feels so fancy with the chic wooden handle. More importantly, it’s functional. It’s perfect for releasing macarons from parchment paper, frosting a smaller cake, or spreading icing on a cinnamon roll cake (yum).
11. Parchment Paper
I might take back what I said about the KitchenAid being the number one thing, because I truly do not think I could live without parchment paper. Seriously. Parchment paper is the best prop for food photography, it is the perfect way to line a pan or cookie sheet, it is sunshine on a rainy day…it is EVERYTHING to me.
I love that these sheets come precut to the perfect size and I truly don’t know how I could function without them. Let’s just say there would be a lot more crying in our household. Plus $15 for 200 sheets? That’s less than 8 cents a sheet. You won’t regret it.
12. Piping Bags
Now I am no fancy, profesh cookie decorator. I can make frosting roses, but I’d said one out of ten would be acceptable enough to put on cake. So believe me when I tell you that piping bags are so much more than a decorating tool. They make the perfect baked donuts, churros, macarons and ensure even layers of frosting between cakes. These ones are a great size and are durable enough that they won’t rip if you squeeze too hard!
Anything else we’re missing here? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy baking love bugs!