A complete list of the best baking tools that every home baker needs in their kitchen. With these essential tools, you’ll be baking like a pro in no time!
One of the most common questions that I receive is about the tools that I use when it comes to baking.
- Are some better than others?
- What are the best baking tools if you’re just getting started?
- Do baking sheets or pans make a difference? (yes, they actually do!)
Since I’ve spent a lot of time in my kitchen testing recipes with different baking tools, I know what works well. So, I’ve decided to compile a list of my favorites! From baking sheets to measuring cups to appliances and more, I’ve covered all of the basics.
Now, you certainly don’t need every single thing on this list but I feel that this is a good starting point. I use all of these items on a weekly basis and some I use almost daily. I feel confident that you’re going to love these too!
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Baking Pans & Sheets
When it comes to cookies sheets, muffin pans, and a few others I really LOVE Calphalon. I have a lot of their products in the toffee finish and I swear my cookies bake up thicker and everything just bakes more evenly. Here are my top picks for baking pans and sheets!
- Baking Sheets – Hands down, Calphalon baking sheets are the best. I’ve used so many others and they don’t even compare.
- Glass Baking Dishes – I use these ALL of the time! This set comes with lids so that you can cover them too.
- Muffin Pan – These hold up really well and don’t warp in the oven, they’re incredibly sturdy too!
- Round Cake Pan
- Loaf Pan
- Pie Plate – I’ve used so many different pie plates over the years and these are my absolute favorite! They’re deep enough to hold a lot of pie filling too.
- Cooling Rack – These are the most sturdy cooling racks I’ve ever used and they work fantastic!
Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Angled Measuring Cups – I absolutely adore OXO angled measuring cups because they have the measurements on top too, which means that you don’t have to get down to eye level to check it.
- Measuring Cup and Spoon Set – I’ve had this set for over 7 years and it still holds up as my favorite! The measurements are etched into the measuring cups so they don’t wear off in the dishwasher.
- Mixing Bowl Set – I’ve also used these for years and love the adorable colors! These hold up really well and remind me of Texas Ware dishes, which I really love too.
- Decorating Bags – I prefer to use disposable bags, it just makes cleanup much easier when it comes to frosting cakes or cupcakes. These are the perfect size and work great!
- Decorating Tips – 8B & 1M – These two piping tips are the ones I use the most. You can see what the 8B looks like here and the 1M looks like here.
- Icing Smoother – I’ve tried so many icing smoothers and this is THE best. It’s less than $2 too!
- Angled Spatulas – 9-inch & 13-inch – I use the larger one to apply frosting to cakes and the smaller one to touch up different spots. I use these for things other than cake decorating too!
Spatulas & Whisks
- Whisk w/ Bowl Scraper – I adore this whisk with the bowl scraper, it’s basically like a whisk and rubber spatula in one.
- Silicone Spatula Set – Hands down the most used item in my kitchen. I own about 30 of these and use all of them!
- Stand Mixer – When it comes to stand mixers, nothing beats KitchenAid. I still have an older KitchenAid Stand Mixer that belonged to Josh’s Grandmother and it works just as good as my new one.
- Stand Mixer Glass Bowl – I love this because you can easily see if your batter is well combined or if you need to scrape the bowl better.
- Flex Edge Beater – Works perfectly for creaming butter and sugar, I use this all of the time!
- Food Processor
- Hand Mixer – If you’re not ready for the stand mixer yet, this hand mixer is the next best option. I’ve had mine for over 7 years and it still works like new. It comes in a lot of different color options too!
Miscellaneous Baking Tools
- Pastry Cutter
- Cookie Scoop – I use my 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop for most of my cookie recipes. It makes the perfect size cookie – not too small, but not too large.
- Oven Thermometer – One of the most underrated kitchen tools! I use my oven thermometers on a daily basis.
- Kitchen Scale
- Silicone Baking Mat – These make for easy cleanup, they’re easy to clean and reusable!
And that’s it! It was incredibly hard to narrow down my favorite baking tools, but this list is what I would consider the best of the best. I’d love to hear if you try any of these tools and how you like them!