Making a cake from scratch can be fun, but also takes a lot of time and effort. Having a collection of cake-decorating tools will make the decorating process easier and more fun.
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If you are a baker then, of course, you want to make sure you use a kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients (why should I weigh my ingredients) have a set of measuring cups for dry, measuring spoons, measuring cups for liquid, Pastry blender, Pastry Brush, and off-set spatulas.
Countertop appliances & electronics
- Food Processor – I have Magimix
- Hand Blender – I have Braun set
- Immersion Blender – I use Braun
- Stand Mixer – I use Kenwood K-Mix, Kitchen Aid is also good.
- Or Hand Mixer – I use mine a lot.
- Slow Cooker – I use mine once a week.
- Waffle Maker – used usually twice a month
- Good to have attachments
- Ice Cream Maker – I use to have a Cuisine Art.
- Pasta Roller – with Kenwood or Kitchen aid or manual
The cake world has a huge variety of tools and equipment to use. A few are must-haves. Others are good to have. And some that we’d love to have if we can afford them. Below I’ve listed a few of the ones I know you will want to have. Ones that will definitely not be wasting your money on.
So this is for those of you that are just starting off. What should you buy and what you absolutely cannot live without?
- If you bake often, it would be a good idea to invest in a cake mixer. Because, often, we try to mix by hand, and then we are too tired to give it enough creaming or mixing. So, if you are making this cake go ahead and remove that K-Mix or Kitchen Aid from your kitchen cabinet.
- You don’t have to buy an expensive stand mixer, a simple hand mixer also works great.
- I believe in measuring ingredients by weight, which makes my kitchen scale one of the most valuable items when baking.
- And the same goes for my measuring cups and measuring spoons. It’s always a good idea to have these handy and use them when baking rather than trying to guess measurements.
- Also, I think one set of baking pans is a must for anyone a home baker. I often use three 6-inch round cakes, which I often split into 4 layers for a tall display.
- Sometimes, I use three 8-inch round pans or three 7-inch cakes.
- Additionally, I like to bake my coffee cakes in bundt pans or loaf pans.
- For my coffee cakes, I like to use my 8 x 8 square baking pan or 9 x 3 inch round baking pan or 9 x 13 sheet cake pan.
- Once baked, always invert your cakes on a cooling rack. This enables air circulation and prevents the steam from pooling at the bottom of the pan.
- Lastly, every oven works differently. So the baking times are just guidelines. In the case of cakes, a skewer inserted in the center is a great indication.
- If the cake bakes too fast or too slow compared to the time given, it might be a good idea to check if your oven needs calibration.
- An oven thermometer is a great little gadget to help keep the oven temperature in check. All you need to do then is adjust the temperature accordingly.