Inside: A list of the top baking essentials for the amateur baking enthusiast; this is for you if you aren’t a fancy baker, but just love to whip up sweet treats for friends and family.
I love to bake! Even though I’m not a professional or a perfectionist, I still like to carve time in my week to cook up something sweet and delicious. It is great bonding time with me and my daughter and it’s become such an incredible part of our week and our routine.
But one thing occurred to me as I started to go further down the ‘baking with toddlers’ road and that is that an ounce of preparation is truly worth a pound of results. If you are a hobby baker like I am, it might be hard to collect all you need to make baking a breeze, but do it over time. That’s what I did.
Now, I have all the tools (well, most of them), to make baking as a family a total breeze – not to mention clean up and pantry organization.
The fact is that you don’t need a lot of fancy baking tools and utensils to be a successful hobby baker. You just need some basics, good baking pans, and to spend money in the right place.
Then just pick up the special pieces along the way!
Paper Baking Cups
I go through A LOT of these paper baking cups. They are life savers when it comes to not having to grease muffin and cupcake tins and they look cute too!
Normally I don't advocate for one purpose pans, but in this case I do. I mean, baked donuts are all the rage and you can make them sweet or savory.
12-cup muffin tin
I have three of these that I use almost daily. I like the darker steel ones as they tend to hold heat a bit better and reduce baking time.
Kids' Apron Set
Cute as a button. Need I say more? This is a great way to make your kids feel really involved in the whole baking process.
Non slip oven mitts
I'm clumsy. Having oven mitts with good grip and really thick padding has saved my hands quite a few times. Don't cheap out on these. They are important.
Adorable Vintage Bird Apron
An apron is a necessity; a cute bird motif apron is nice to have 🙂
Mis en Place bowls
I didn't always use mis en place, but when I started baking more with my toddler, I found them to be so useful. Use these small dishes as snack bowls and then for measuring out ingredients before you start baking.
A must have. Don't bake without these.
Great heavy baking pans and cookie sheets
I have these that come with the racks in them, but never use the racks. I like to bake directly on the steel with parchment paper and good cooking spray.
These are invaluable when baking! They are the perfect tool for scraping the sides of bowls and they are great to give to kids when they mix and stir.
Metal Measuring Spoons
This is the kind of baking essential you buy once and they last a lifetime.
Stainless steel measuring cups
Same with these. I've had my steel measuring cups forever.
Glass mixing Bowls
Bonus if you can find one that has a spout for pouring batter! I love these in this soft pink colour. Buying mixing bowls in a colour makes it easier to store them in plain sight.
Good heat safe mixing bowls
Use these for all the dirty work with baking. Buying heat safe mixing bowls also means they can serve as a double boiler if you are working with chocolate or delicate sauces.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
I couldn't do much without this! I have this exact one in this Bay Leaf colour.
Premium Quality Tea Towels
Perfect for last minute clean ups and for serving your delicious baking! I use mine as napkins, placemats and clean up towels. So multi-functional.