• Toby

Top 15 Baking Accessory Essentials

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

1. Scales

I have had these scales for years now, they are still accurate and reliable. Some scales have developed technologically in recent years being able to show the calorific contents of the products you are using (eg the Etekcity Nutritional Scales) but this simple effective Salter scale is all you need to remedy those baking needs. They are suitable for weighing both dry and wet ingredients, so gone are the days of measuring jugs. This compact scale also comes with a 15-year warranty, so you can reduce the risk of losing out.

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2. Mixer

This is a very personal decision and one to be thought about, whether you are looking for a stand mixer or a compact hand mixer. Having used both, I personally think for cupcakes and small amounts of baking the electrical hand whisk is better. However, if you are an avid baker looking to experiment into making bread and pastry, I would go for a stand mixer with multiple head attachments.

Electrical hand mixer:

This Kenwood hand mixer is perfect for whipping up not just cream but batches of cakes, meringues, sauces and more. The three-power setting allows you to customise the strength of whisking you require. The detachable whisking heads are stainless steel, easy cleaning and dishwasher safe.

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Stand mixer:

Another Kenwood Mixer, but this time the stand mixer, it is a little bit more robust and bulkier compared to the hand mixer, yet it is still smart looking and unique. This mixer has three fantastic attachments that increase the versatility of the product. The K beater is best for making cookie dough, the whisk great for sauces or meringues, and the dough hook is great for pizzas or breads. This stand mixer is also surprisingly quiet for the size and power.

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3. Cake Tin/Cupcake Cases

Baking a cake will most likely depend on the recipe you are following, but personally we love these springform round cake tins. The quick-release tin allows for you to get the cake out easier, however, do not make the mistake of not greasing as well. These tins also have a long guarantee making them even more durable than they already are.

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If you are looking to make cupcakes or even muffins, we love the reusability of these silicone cases. They are environmentally friendly and also produce the best cupcakes as they provide a really even bake throughout. They are also dishwasher safe and suitable for freezer, microwave, and high oven temperatures.

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4. Oven Thermometer

Although ovens are getting better at holding their temperature, quite a few of the main brand ovens are slightly inaccurate. When it comes down to baking, precision is vital. This oven thermometer will help with cooking times and even baking throughout.

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5. Cake Tester

I am a stickler for checking the cake multiple times to make sure it is perfectly cooked, unfortunately, this meant using loads of wooden skewers. Once I found this cake tester, my baking game was revolutionised, and I was helping the environment too.

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6. Cooling Racks

When it comes to cooling racks, you do not really need to splash out and buy the most expensive or highly branded items. This Tala stack of 3 cooling trays are perfect for all types of baking, the non-stick material helps with preventing your fresh bakes from sticking. Not only are they suitable for cooling your bakes, but these racks are also oven safe to 220C and are also dishwasher safe.

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7. Cake Leveller

It really depends on the size of cake you are baking as to the size of cake leveller you will need. I use Wilton cake levellers as I find it easy to use and also versatile in the thickness of cut you desire. It is great not only for amateurs, but professional bakers too, no longer will you need to be balancing knives to get a straight and level cut.

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8. Cake Decorating Stand

Not only do top bakers require this cake stand, but it is brilliant for displaying any type of bake. Its 360-degree turntable makes it fantastic for decorating a cake, giving the icing a more of an even coating than when it is not on a turn board. I would not recommend trying to do a professional-looking icing of a cake without one of these. This Himaly cake stand is very high quality so will not affect the taste of your food and it also makes it super easy to clean.

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9. Best icing kits

You cannot go wrong with a traditional icing kit and a bit of practice. This reusable silicone piping bag set is fabulous to get you started, their robust nature allows them to be continuously washed and used again allowing you to be more environmentally friendly. The thicker material of piping bag is a must for creating perfect icing roses and buttercream decorations. This kit comes with 32 pipping nozzles and offers countless versatility when decorating.

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Another icing and decorating gadget that can be used is the manual icing gun with an adjustable trigger. Personally I find these a little more difficult to use as I am used to the technique with a piping bag, but the piping gun still offers the same level of decorating designs. This product also comes with a 5year warranty.

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10. Icing Offset Spatulas

Wilton’s offset spatulas/palette knife allows for easy buttercream icing, accompanied with the turntable cake stand you will be able to ice like a professional. Not only does it provide a professional finish to your bakes but for me it doubles up as a spatula to remove bakes from the trays and more. It is very easy cleaning and dishwasher safe.

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11. Decorating tools

There’s a lot of different decorating tools that can be used to personalise your favourite bakes. Here are some that I use and recommend to you:

a) Airbrush decorating kit

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b) Chocolate stencil work

c) Fondant tools

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d) Decorations

I have used these butterflies and could not have been happier with the results. I would recommend Amazon for these sort of decorations as I have confidence in their quality.

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12. Best cake lifter

Although the price tag on this cake lifter may seem to be a high it is totally worth it. The quality of the product is outstanding and will last you many years, the non-stick truly provides the easiest transfer of the food product. It is extremely versatile, being able to lift cakes, pies and even pizzas. We frequently just use this device to help get our bakes out of the oven.

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