January 20, 2022
My Favourite… Baking Equipment!
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Welcome to my blog post about my favourite pieces of baking equipment that I use when I am decorating all of my bakes!
So I decided that after the success of my other blog posts – my favourite baking appliances, and my favourite food colourings, that I would do another one! This time, it is my favourite baking equipment! This post is about all of the pieces of equipment I use every week, and often I use most of them every day!
I have, along side so many other bakers, SO MANY PIECES OF EQUIPMENT in my kitchen, and I have discovered what I love more than other stuff throughout the years – so I thought I would list it all for you here! I often get questions on what I use anyway, so I thought this is an easy post for you all to refer to if you ever wonder!
Equipment can vary depending on what part of the baking process you are in, so I have utensils, bowls, when you are baking, cake decorating, after baking and baking cups & liners within this post, but if there is anything missing off that you are wondering about – comment below!! x
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Spatulas – Spatulas are probably one of my most used utensils EVER.. and I just can’t possibly have enough of them in my kitchen at any one time. I use at least 20 spatulas a day when I am developing recipes and you would be silly to not have many as well!
Cookie scoops – cookie scoops, ice cream scoops, whatever you want to call them… I love them. I use 5cm cookie scoops ALL of the time for my cookies, also to portion cupcake batter into a baking cup, and when I am just eating ice cream. The set of cookie scoops has a slightly larger one which is good for bigger cookies, and so on!
Measuring Spoons – these are some of the most important things you can have in a kitchen, as I use them for baking, cooking, and so on. I love this shape measuring spoon because they fit more easily into pots, and you can easily level them out.
Cake Testers – one of the most important things I think anyone can use in cake baking, and I have many. Some people insert a knife into their bakes to test them, but in my opinion, you shouldn’t – you need a smaller surface area tester such as these cake testers!
Pastry Brush – I think these are the sort of utensils that can be forgotten about – and yet I use mine all the time. You can get silicone ones as I have in the spatula set above, or you can get this style – these are definitely my favourite.
Citrus Juicer – This one may be a bit more niche, but worth it still in my opinion. I find it the easiest to use and control compared to the ones you press down on – and I love it!
Grater – I obviously use a grater quite a lot when baking – and whilst this one may be slightly better for grating something such as carrot, this one is the best for everything else – grated citrus fruits, grating nutmeg etc… I am obsessed.
Whisks – I think a balloon whisk is extremely underrated sometimes, and it is often easier to use compared to using an electric mixer. I use my balloon whisk often to whip my cream for my cheesecake decoration and it’s just so quick and easy!
Rolling Pin – obviously a key part in any kitchen… whether you are decorating a cake, making scones, making cinnamon rolls etc… a rolling pin should be in every single kitchen!
BOWLS & JUGS
Pyrex bowls – This may seem like a silly thing to list, but honestly… these are so good! I always use these bowls in my videos when I am making recipes to mix stuff in, and the varying sizes are so useful! I have used them for years, and will always be obsessed.
Measuring bowls – Also when making my videos, or even just baking… I like to weigh out my ingredients. I use a mixture of large glass bowls, medium glass bowls and small glass bowls and I love them. It makes life so much easier if you pre-weigh your ingredients into these sort of bowls!
Pyrex jugs – These are something I use often for measuring, but also for what I make my ganache drips in, for when I am melting chocolate… and so on! They are obviously also SO useful for measuring liquids for recipes.
Ceramic bowls – I have a mixture of mason cash bowls in my equipment, because they are beautiful, and heavy duty. I love them – and they can come in such big sizes, which is great when making things like rocky road as you need a lot of mixing space!
Sugar/Jam thermometer – Often something I recommend to use… a sugar thermometer. They are super useful when you are making classic fudge recipes, jam, and so on! They usually clip onto your pan as well so you don’t have to hold them!
Thermometer – a general thermometer is also really really useful – I use these if I want to make things and test the temperature quickly, but also I use this thermometer often when cooking because it really is so good!
Oven thermometer – Something I recommend ALL OF THE TIME. I say about these over and over and over because I want to make sure your cakes are baking as good as they possibly can… and an oven thermometer is the way to go! Some ovens can be out by 50ºc sometimes, so it’s worth it!
Weighing scales – I feel like this is an obvious one… but weighing scales. I cannot stress the importance enough of using weighing scales to make sure that your ingredients are measured correctly! I use this set of scales at the moment and I love them!
Bulldog clips – A handy trick when you are prepping a bake – clip the parchment paper to the sides of the tin (such as when making millionaires shortbread) and the paper won’t budge! SO much easier!
Sieves – Something that everyone should have in their baking cupboard… a sieve. No, I don’t sieve too many things, but these are ESSENTIAL when making bakes such as macarons. You need to sieve those ingredients!
BAKING CUPS & LINERS
Baking cups – MY FAVOURITE THINGS EVER! If you have followed me for a while, you know I am utterly obsessed with baking cups. There are spotty ones, plain ones, stripy ones, and so on… I love baking cups. I use them all of the time as I love them!
Muffin cases – I love tulip muffin cases the most because they are just beautiful – but you can use regular muffin cases too. I just love anything muffin size!
Cupcake cases – if you don’t want to go down the baking cup route, I recommend cupcake cases like these… because they bake well! Some cupcake cases really don’t bake well (poor quality!) which is unfortunate, but I do love these ones.
Round parchment circles – This maaaay seem lazy… but they are worth it. I bake so many 8″ cakes, I just whack these straight in the tins and save myself a tonne of time.
Baking tray parchment – I am just obsessed with these too, I won’t lie. They are perfect for my large baking trays!
Parchment/Greaseproof – not something I ever really though about before, but the amount of questions I get about this! I always use the same brand as I find it by far the best, and it really is so good! I promise!
Cooling rack – probably something every baker in the world has in their cupboards right?! You need to cool your bakes correctly guys, it will help so much!
Cake leveller – These are necessarily essential, but when people ask ‘how are you cakes so level?’ this is why! They are easy to use, and the best way to get a perfectly level cake.
Clingfilm – again, a weird one to suggest… but I love this clingfilm. It’s worth it for when you have to let bread proof, when you are wrapping your cakes for freezing, etc!
Foil – same as above – so so useful for when you are baking/cooking, and when you are freezing cakes! I tend to double wrap my cakes in clingfilm, and then wrap in foil!
Offset spatula/Palette knife – These are SO IMPORTANT. I cannot stress this enough… I use these all of the time. I have at least 5 in my drawer at any one time because I am always using them. They are great to use to spread buttercream, chocolate, ganache etc! Little palette knives (for or offset spatulas as some people call them) are great!
Small cake scraper – I will bang on and on about cake scrapers until the end of my cake decorating days, because I need them all of the time. They are so useful for spreading and making a cheesecake top even, or starting a crumb coat for a cake! They are the dream.
Large cake scraper – when I want to make a full drip cake, a large metal cake scraper is all I ever want. The metal part of it is useful, as you can heat the scraper to get a smoother finish on your cakes, but also, the sharp 90º edge to the scraper helps endlessly when decorating cakes!
Turntable – One of the most important things for cake decorating… a turntable. They are practically vital if you want to have a perfectly smooth edge to your cake, because the moving of the cake along with your scraper is essential. They are just also useful for decorating anything else!
Cake dowels – Not that I have posted many stacked cakes on my blog… but dowels are so important. If you want to make a tiered cake, you MUST STACK WITH DOWELS. If you don’t, your cakes may sink awfully!
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Hi Jane if a recipe needs 20.83 ml of cream what scales do I need , am on my third set xx
Thank you for a great post Jane. I thought I had everything covered but back to Amazon I go for a few more purchases! 😜😜
Where do you purchase your heart shape baking tin please
Hiya! Take a look at my Valentines Cheesecake – I have linked it here. Hope this helps! x
Hi Jane great blog and just love your recipes.
I’m wanting to be more environmentally friendly and buy reusable piping bags, wondered if you can advise.
Plus bought your book and as I’ve never made a cheesecake before sim attempting my first this weekend 🙏
Hiya! I personally don’t use reusable piping bags because of cross contamination (explained in the blog post), but I link my favourite biodegradable ones on my ‘Favourite Piping Tips’ blog post! Hope this helps! x
Great post, lots of very useful items on there to invest in.
I was wondering if you had any Tins you would recommend as I would love to get some new better quality ones.
Love all of your recipes!
Hiya! Search my blog for my blog post – ‘My Favourite Cake Tins’ – hope this helps! x
I asked on the Facebook group the other day about pastry/scone cutters so would be interested to see you add your choice in here! I managed to rummage some out from a drawer at my mum’s to hopefully try 😁
So much on this list that I don’t have! Thank you for sharing, I’ll get shopping 😊
This is a great post, as a new Baker I literally had nothing but am building quite a selection, I am really chuffed that I own a few of the pieces in your links. Thank you for sharing.
This is super useful. However the link to weighing scales doesn’t take you to anything specific. Are you able to look into it?
Hiya! I have checked the link and it works for me! It may be worth trying again!
Hi I’ve checked the link again and it just takes me to Amazon. Can you just say what one’s you use? Thanks
Hiya! The link is definitely working now! Hope this helps! x
Thank you for your lists, they are really helpful and I’ve added some to my Amazon shopping basket just now.
I would love to know the piping nozzles you use please. I looked on your shop lists but there wasn’t much there for the piping although I’ve added the piping bag set you use. The one nozzle set was out of stock but I’m sure you use a lot more. Thank you very much for all the hard work you put into all you do, I use your recipes all the time now, you’ve overtaken Mary Berry now! 😁
Hiya! Take a look at my new blog post – my favourite piping nozzles! Hope this helps! x
Great blog post Jane and nice to see what baking equipment you use. Gotta love a good spatula and I love different sized spatulas also. For cake dowels, I like using and can recommend eezee dowels. What is your favourite piece of baking equipment that you love using? Mine is my Kitchen Aid mixer, I wouldn’t be without it haha.
Hi Jane. I love baking but am an amateur. I can only do one design using one nozzle! What piping bag & nozzles do you recommend please? Also do you have a video demonstrating how to do the various designs?
Many thanks 😊
Hiya! Take a look at my new blog post – My Favourite Piping Nozzles! x
I read your blog and you are always so enthusiastic about baking. As a result I have been making no bake cheesecake s , next is the carrot cake cheesecake . I also have the Maltesers cake to make but I’m waiting for better weather which means we will be out in the garden working off the calories !
Thank you 😊