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30 Essential Baking Tools Every Home Baker Needs
Looking for a list of the best baking essentials for beginners? Wondering what tools does a home baker need? Then you’re in luck!
Today I’ve put together a super helpful list of 30 Essential Baking Tools Every Home Baker Needs.
No matter if you’re a beginner baker just starting out or a seasoned chef looking for the best baking products to buy, this list has it all!
From the best baking pans, mixing and measuring essentials, must-have professional baking tools, cake baking tools and equipment, and even unique baking tools, you’ll find all the must-have baking tools you need for your kitchen, and a list of the exact products I use and love for all my baking creations.
Even better, all of these essential baking tools are super affordable and are available in my Amazon shop over here.
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The Best Essential Baking Tools
What are the most important baking tools?
With so many baking tools on the market, it can sometimes be confusing to know which products are actually necessary and must-haves for an at home baker, versus things that will just collect dust and be a waste of money.
Because I’ve purchased/owned my fair share of products that I didn’t even need and don’t use, I wanted to narrow down a list of only the essential baking tools to make it super easy for all my baking beginners!
If I REALLY had to narrow it down and pick the Top 5 Essential Baking Tools, it would be:
- electric hand mixer (because it makes life easier)
- microwave safe mixing bowls (I use these FOR EVERYTHING)
- measuring cups/spoons (because accurate measuring is SUPER important in baking)
- large baking sheets (I use these pans ALL the time for baking cookies, pizza, veggies, bread, French fries etc.)
- glass baking dishes (If I’m not using cookie sheets, I’m using these dishes for making cakes, dessert bars, brownies, casseroles, chicken, and so much more)
What Every Home Baker Needs
In addition to the list of 30 Essential Baking Tools that’s included below, there are a couple other important items every home baker needs in their kitchen.
- Oven Mitts – Protect your hands and grab you a great pair of oven mitts like these. They’re super affordable and are a total life-saver in the kitchen.
- Apron – No matter how neat you might be, messes happen when you’re baking. I love using this cute apron whenever I’m baking to keep my clothes mess and stain-free.
- Tea Towels – A good set of tea towels is another must-have in the kitchen. Not only are they great for washing/drying your hands, but these tea towels can also be used for proofing dough and can help keep baked goods warmer/fresher longer.
30 Essential Baking Tools Every Home Baker Needs
Electric Hand Mixer
If you’re still mixing by hand using a whisk or knife, do yourself a favor and buy this electric hand mixer ASAP. It seriously makes life so much easier and helps ensure all your batters, icings, and dough get mixed up evenly and smooth.
A good set of mixing bowls will last you for years and years. I’ve personally owned this amazing set of microwave safe mixing bowls for 10+ years now and they’re still just as good as when I first bought them.
I also really love this stainless steel mixing bowl set with non-skid bottoms.
As a baker, I couldn’t live without these measuring cups and these magnetic measuring spoons. They both stack up neatly in my drawers and take up very little space, and they’re a total lifesaver when it comes to measuring out ingredients properly.
In addition to the ones above, I also HIGHLY recommend this glass measuring cup. It allows you to easily pour in liquid ingredients and larger quantities and is also microwave-safe for easily melting things like chocolate and butter.
If you don’t already, you really should own a food scale like this one.
It is super affordable and it makes it easy to measure out ingredients by weight. It also really comes in handy for healthy meal planning and portioning.
A spoon is great, but silicone spatulas are THE best when it comes to mixing up ingredients.
I own several of these and they’re perfect for stirring, smoothing out batter, and for ensuring you get every last bit of batter out of the bowl.
A Set of Whisks
If you want to whip it REAL good with mixing up ingredients, then you need this awesome set of whisks.
I’ve unfortunately owned my fair share of whisks where the handle breaks right off, but these are amazing and have lasted me for several years with no issues.
I use mine all the time for whipping up eggs, icing, batters, and more!
If you don’t own this set of cookie scoops, treat yourself right now, because it’s worth every penny!
If you want your cookies to turn out perfect every time, then you need to use cookie scoops for ensuring they’re all the same, uniform size.
I truly use these cookie scoops for so many things including cookies, muffin batter, cake batter, meatballs, sausage balls, and more!
This sifter is another must-have if you make a lot of baked goods.
I personally always sift my cake mixes, powdered sugar, and flour to ensure they’re aren’t any clumps, and this helps give your baked goods the absolute best, light and airy texture.
Making homemade pastry dough and biscuit dough is SO much easier with this handy pastry blender.
Using a fork can take forever and doesn’t give you as precise of blending, so do yourself a favor and grab one of these easy to use blenders.
Last but certainly not least in the mixing category is a food processor/blender.
This is one of those home gadgets I didn’t know I needed until I bought it, and let me tell you I now use it ALL the time. From blending smoothies, chopping nuts, making salsa, mixing up dough, and so much more – it’s amazing!
Must-Have Baking Pans
Glass Baking Dishes
If there’s one baking pan I use the most in my kitchen, it’d be these awesome glass baking dishes.
From casseroles and cakes, to brownies, baked chicken, and more, these pans are SO handy for baking and I love that they have lids for storing in the fridge.
Large Baking Sheets
Another must-have for any baker is a great set of baking sheets.
These large baking sheets are my absolute favorite and the size is perfect for making just about anything you can imagine.
In addition to the large baking sheets above, another must-have are these air-bake cookie sheets.
They truly get all my homemade cookies perfect every single time and I love the handle on the edge for easy holding.
Round Cake Pans
Love to bake cakes? Then you NEED these awesome round cake pans. They are perfect for making beautiful stacking cakes and are made from anodized aluminum for zero-sticking.
I also own several cake pans from Wilton which I love, but these cake pans are my go-to for fool-proof cake baking.
Silicone Baking Mats
As important as a great cookie sheet is, it’s also important to properly line your pan to ensure your baked goods don’t stick. That’s why these silicone baking mats are a lifesaver.
They’re also super easy to wash and re-use and take up minimal space in your kitchen.
Pre-Cut Parchment Paper
Whenever I’m not able to use silicone baking mats, my go-to is this awesome pre-cut parchment paper. I love using this to line my baking pans, cake pans, and for making sticky recipes like candy and fudge.
And instead of having to worry about cutting it to size, they’re already pre-cut and ready to go!
Did you know that a metal pan actually makes the best brownies? If you don’t currently own one, grab this amazing brownie pan so that your brownies will turn out perfectly fudgy and delicious next time!
This non-stick muffin pan is hands-down the best EVER.
I’ve never had any issues with my muffins or cupcakes sticking in this pan, and it’s such an affordable price you can easily get two.
When it comes to baking breads, meatloaf, and other baked goods I love/use this awesome loaf pan.
The handles are great for easy carrying and I love that it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
For baking pies, I absolutely love these glass pie pans. Not only are they super pretty for serving, but they will last you pretty much forever if you take care of them.
Baking Tools & Equipment
If you frequently have issues with overcooking or undercooking baked goods, grab this affordable oven thermometer to keep in your oven.
It will tell you exactly what your oven temperature is, so that you know if your oven cooks at a higher or lower temperature than what you set it for.
It’s been a total lifesaver with the older oven I have in my house right now.
Speaking of correct temperature, if you want to make sure you’re always cooking everything to the safe and proper temperature, then grab this handy food thermometer.
I use this all the time for checking to see if my meats are cooked to the right temperature, and there’s no guess-work involved.
Wire Cooling Rack
Another must-have baking product is this wire cooling rack.
It helps your baked goods cool down quickly and evenly but can also be used over a cookie sheet for baking breads and my delicious Oven Baked Chicken Thighs.
I highly recommend investing in an awesome knife set for your kitchen, but if there’s one knife you need it’s definitely a paring knife. From chopping, to peeling, to slicing, and dicing, this paring knife will be your best friend.
A good pair of kitchen scissors like these is a must in any kitchen and they have so many uses beyond just cutting open ingredients.
I use my kitchen shears all the time for cutting up bacon, chicken, and sausages.
If you think rolling pins are old-fashioned and not needed in a kitchen, think again.
I absolutely love this rolling pin for rolling out dough, and the marble is great for not sticking to the dough.
Cheese, potatoes, zucchini, and carrots are just a few of the foods I love using this affordable food grater for.
I also love using it for the butter in my delicious 3 Ingredient Biscuits.
It’s super easy to wash up in the dishwasher too!
Cake Stand with Lid
If you bake a lot of cakes, then this covered cake stand is a total MUST-HAVE.
Not only does it look pretty on your counter or in your fridge, but it also helps keep your cake fresher longer with an airtight lid.
You work so hard to bake a cake or pie so make sure you have an awesome cake cutter/server to serve out beautiful slices.
I absolutely love this one with serrated edges for easy cutting.
A Few More Baking Tools That Are Really Nice to Have
Although there are many instances you can get by with using a simple electric hand mixer, there are also times where a stand mixer is worth its weight in gold.
I absolutely love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for making buttercream frosting, making pizza dough, making homemade ice cream, and more!
Non-Stick Knife (for cutting brownies/bars)
A couple years ago I discovered one of the best ways to cleanly cut brownies/bars is using this amazing non-stick knife.
It cuts them perfect every single time and it’s so affordable that I’d definitely consider it a must-have!
As a huge donut lover, this awesome donut pan is definitely an essential baking tool!
It’s the one I use for making my delicious cake mix donuts and it’s super affordable.
Silicone Muffin/Cupcake Liners
Love baking muffins and cupcakes but hate how they always stick to the pan or to the paper liners you use?
Grab you a set of these amazing silicone muffin/cupcake liners.
You don’t ever have to worry about your muffins and cupcakes sticking and they’re dishwasher safe to use again and again.
If you’re super handy with a knife you might not ever need a food peeler. But if you’re like me and can’t peel a potato with a regular knife to save your life, then grab this awesome food peeler.
It works on veggies, fruits, and can even be used for cheese, and makes the process quick and easy.
If you love baking/decorating cakes, then you need this offset spatula.
It helps you get a beautiful, smooth finish or fun swirling designs when icing a cake, and also comes in handy with spreading/swirling ingredients in cakes, brownies, and cinnamon rolls.
Cake Decorating Tips/Piping Bags
Speaking of cake decorating, some other must-haves are a good set of cake decorating tips and piping bags.
These are SO nice to have for decorating birthday cakes, but also are useful for drizzling icing on baked goods and adding fun details to desserts.
This starter set is the one I personally use and I love how the case keeps them organized.
If you frequently make biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goods, then you’ll love this pastry brush.
It makes it so easy to evenly spread melted butter or glazes on baked goods, and is way less messy than trying to use your hands.
You might not think you’ll ever need an egg separator, but it’s actually one product I’ve grown to be quite fond of in my kitchen.
Many recipes call for just egg whites or egg yolks, and it’s so quick and easy to separate them using this awesome egg separator.
This is another product I didn’t know I needed until after I purchased it, but I truly can’t live without my lemon squeezer.
It squeezes out every last drop of lemon juice and makes it so EASY.
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Hope you enjoyed today’s post with 30 Essential Baking Tools Every Home Baker Needs! What’s one baking must-have in your kitchen? Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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