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Baking was my first love in the kitchen! I always find it relaxing to bake some goodies that I know my family will love. Throughout my years of baking, I’ve found certain essentials I can’t do without.
Baking Pans, Mixing Bowls, and Storage
You need a good pan if you want your cakes to come out perfect. There’s different pans, for different purposes. Here are my favorites.
ideal for delicious desserts
These cute little porcelain ramekins are ideal for making so many yummy desserts! Creme brûlée, flan, lava cakes, soufflé, the possibilities are endless! They are oven, microwave, pressure cooker, and freezer safe and they can be washed in the dishwasher! They are also perfect for serving salsa, arroz con leche, dipping sauces or dressings. These multi-tasking ramekins are a great addition to any kitchen!
Nordic WareAluminum Baking Sheets
a must have in any baker’s kitchen
I have so many sheet pans!! I use them for so much. We bake cookies on them, chicken, sheet cake, croissants, and the list goes on! I also have some sheet pans with a non-stick grid on them and I love them for cooking chicken. I also use the racks for cooling cookies.
Le CreusetSilicone Prep Bowls
great for holding ingredients
These Le Creuset Stain Resistant Silicone Prep Bowls are perfect for keeping your ingredients until you’re ready to use them. They are freezer, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Doesn’t get better than that! They are flexible so it makes it easy to transfer ingredients into smaller containers. They come in a variety of vibrant colors. Keep in mind these are not mixing bowls, they are small prep bowls.
Nordic WareClassic Tube-Cake Bundt Pan
a great bundt pan for beautiful cakes
Everyone needs a great bundt pan and this one literally takes the cake! See what I did there? These Nordic Ware pans are awesome and my bundt cakes always come out beautiful!
OXO Good GripsMixing Bowls
colorful slip-proof must-haves
These are some great mixing bowls. They are from OXO, which never disappoints. They are slip-proof and come 3 to a set (1.5, 3, and 5 Qt). There are 3 color choices. Definitely a must-have for your kitchen.
OXO Good GripsFood Storage Containers
airtight, stackable, and space-efficient food storage
These OXO containers make my pantry look like a million bucks! I keep everything in them. Sugar, flour, pasta, beans, rice, you name it! They keep food fresher, longer, and I always know exactly how much I have left of an item. This helps me avoid buying duplicate things and also prevents the disappointing surprise of being out of a favorite item. I also use them under my kitchen sink, and they look amazing! I absolutely love my OXO clear containers!
Mixers and Accessories
If you love baking, you definitely need a great mixer. Here are some great mixers and the accessories to go with them.
KitchenAidArtisan Stand Mixer
a baker’s best tool
Not only is this mixer essential for a baker, it’s so pretty to look at! I personally have the Ultra Power Plus 4.5 Qt. in Ice Blue. It’s very heavy duty, super easy to operate and quickly mixes, kneads, and whips your ingredients. I love the stainless steel bowl which makes for a very easy cleanup! There are lots of attachments including food grinders, pasta makers, and more. If you’d like a souped-up version of this mixer, then you’ll want to consider the Professional Series.
New MetroMixer BeaterBlade
a neccessary attachment for mixers
This beaterblade is a perfect complement for the KitchenAid Mixer. It scrapes the bowl as it’s mixing! No more turning the mixer on and off to clean the sides. What a time saver. Just make sure you get the right size blade for the mixer you are purchasing.
KitchenAidMixer Bowl Covers
perfect for KitchenAid mixer bowls
Another great accessory for the KitchenAid mixer, these dishwasher safe covers are perfect for keeping your ingredients in the refrigerator. They’re also great for covering leftover cookie dough or rising yeast dough.
the perfect little mixer for small jobs
This hand mixer is perfect for smaller jobs. I have had it for several years, and it’s a high-quality hand mixer. Plus, there are so many beautiful colors to choose from!
Nordic WareBaker’s Spatula
I have a couple of these spatulas and they are by far the best ones I’ve used. They clean the bowl spotless! Highly recommend these.
Extra Baking Essentials
These items will make baking more fun and a lot easier. These are basic items that every baker needs. I have picked out the ones I love the most.
SilpatSilicone Baking Mat
the perfect baking mat
This silicone baking mat turns any baking sheet into a non-stick surface. No need to use sprays, butter or oil anymore. It’s very easy to clean and it’s freezer, oven, and microwave safe. This one is high on my wish list this year!
OhuhuRotating Cake Stand
decorate the perfect cake with ease
This rotating cake stand is perfect for decorating cakes. It has a stainless steel bearing which gives it a smooth rotation, and it turns both ways, so it can be used by a righty or a lefty! It has a non-slip bottom and the top is etched with measurements. When you finish decorating your cake, it makes for a beautiful stand to display it on.
sift flour with ease
This Stainless Steel Sifter holds a whole 3 cups of flour. It is sturdy yet lightweight and the crank is easy to turn. This makes for effortless sifting. It’s also perfect for using with powdered sugar. I’m used to sifting flour with a strainer and tapping it on the side, so this is definitely a welcome addition in my kitchen!
OXO Good GripsBench Scraper
the handy tool every baker needs
Ok, so I was not aware I needed one of these Stainless Steel Scraper and Choppers until now! So many uses! There’s the obvious dough cutting and vegetable chopping, but you can do so much more! Perfect for cutting brownies, pizza, dividing meats for freezing, scraping butcher blocks and cutting boards, and so much more. All this and it’s dishwasher safe! I need this in my life.
ORBLUEPie Server & Cake Cutter
cut and serve cake like a boss
Every baker needs a great cake cutter. You definitely don’t want to ruin your creation by cutting into a cake or pie with a dull knife. This stainless steel cutter doubles as a server, so you only need one tool for a perfect slice of cake! Add to that the fact that it’s dishwasher safe, and I’m sold! I need one.
an essential item for any baker
I am in love with these measuring spoons. They are magnetic and stackable. They are double-sided with one side fitting into most spice jars. They contain any measurement you’ll need and they come with a leveler. LOVE them!
an affordable scale perfect for any kitchen
If you’re looking for a great kitchen scale that doesn’t break the bank, this is it right here. It works beautifully and it comes in several fun colors. Or you can go with classic silver.
makes icing cakes a breeze
I love my icing spatula and if you like to frost cakes it will make your life easier. I’m not very good at frosting, but this spatula makes it easier to at least make my cakes look presentable! I also use it to spread out batter before baking.
OXO Good GripsWhisk
mix away with this sturdy whisk
A good whisk is essential in any kitchen. This OXO whisk is such good quality and it gets the job done. Perfect for whisking eggs, icing, batter, and more!
That’s it for my favorite must-have baking essentials. I’m sure there are a million other items out there that you can buy, but this list provides you with all the essentials. I hope you found this post helpful and are able to get some cool bakeware for your kitchen.
Do you have a favorite product that I didn’t mention? Tell me about it in the comments.