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This blog post will be about the 5 baking tools for beginners. Shopping for baking tools can be a little overwhelming these days with so many options available online as well as offline.
For cookies and other delicious goodies, a few additional tools are needed which I will cover in a separate post.
All the basic cake tools needed are described one by one below. Please note, I have not included tools that I believe that we all have in a basic kitchen, for example, a large bowl to make the batter in.
1. Cake Pans
Baking Tools for Beginners 101: We need cake pans!
Cake Pans come in all sizes and shapes. The most versatile cake pans are round, square and rectangular ones. A 6-inch or an 8-inch round cake pan is the most common sizes to kick start your baking journey. These can help you bake small cakes for family and friends.
The other thing you need to know is the material of the pan. Most baking pans are made of silicon and aluminium but glass can do the job too.
Silicon cake pans are easier to use since they are easy to clean and non-stick. Aluminium pans are the ones I prefer. They are sturdy and easier to handle when putting and taking out of the oven.
To shop some of my favourite cake pans, find the links below.
2. Whisk or Hand Mixer
To make the cake batter, you need a whisk. A whisk helps to incorporate air into the batter. It also makes it easy to mix all the ingredients together. You can also get yourself a hand mixer. It saves your arms from falling off! You all must have heard of kitchen aids – these are amazing, but for a new baker, I don’t think it makes sense to make such an expensive investment initially. If you plan to bake a lot, or have started baking regularly, then this is the best thing you can get for yourself.
3. Rubber Spatula
This is probably my favourite tool. A rubber spatula is a great tool. It helps to shift all the cake batter from your mixing bowl to the baking pan, with no wastage. Scrapping the bowl using a spoon, just doesn’t work for me anymore! the only downside – there isn’t much to lick off from the bowl!
4. Measuring Cups or Weighing Scale
You must have heard people say “Baking is a Science”, and well I agree. It is always better to measure all your ingredients when baking a cake. It will definitely give you better and more consistent results.
Most recipes available online these days are measured using the cup measure or using grams/ounces.
Measuring by cup can be tricky in my opinion. Some recipes use the American cups method while others may use the Australian or Canadian! It can get a bit confusing, but as long as you use the same cup for measuring each ingredient, the proportions should work out.
Measuring by grams is more precise and easier. When a recipe states to use half a cup of butter at room temperature, I do not know how to measure that out. Do I put small chunks of butter into the measuring cup? Or do I melt the butter, measure it out and then again let it harden? Do you get what I mean?!? Hence a weighing scale. If a recipe states 125 grams, of butter, I can chop it up and place it on my weighing scale and have the exact amount I need.
I usually use a weighing scale and measuring spoons. And I do keep a set of measuring cups handy too in case I ever run out of battery in my weighing scale.
The below-weighing scale, I have been using for the last couple of years now. The best part of this kitchen scale is that you can measure the net weight of the ingredients by subtracting the weight of the bowl using the TARE function. Also, you can use this to measure in grams, ounces, ml etc.
5. An Oven, Convection Microwave or OTG
To bake your cake in, you need either one of the following: an oven, convection microwave or an OTG. To know which to purchase and what suits your needs best, please check my blog post regarding the same below:
So, these are my 5 baking tools for beginners. I hope this helped you out.