The Bakekey team provide a gadget checklist, plus handy product reviews…Baking is an art form that requires the right tools for success. In the course of writing the thousand of baking recipes, we've discovered which products are essential for keen bakers.Read on to discover our recommended buys, plus find specific product suggestions courtesy of our expert buyer's guides.
1. Cake tins
There are many tins on the market of all shapes, sizes and materials. At Bakekey, we prefer heavy-duty tins, like Silicone Mousse mould Non-stick cake pans. Red-coloured silicone bakeware has a tendency to absorb heat and make the sides of the cake dark. It's essential to use the correct tin size and shape stated in the recipe, or cooking times will need to be adjusted.
2. Icing smoother
A handy tool for cake decorating, the smoother helps to give you a professional finish, smoothing down your marzipan (ready-to-roll icing) after you've applied it to the cake.
3. Baking parchment
This type of paper https://bakekey.com/?s=Baking+parchment is ideal for wrapping food, particularly greasy or fatty foods. It's often suggested as a suitable wrapping for fruit cake before placing it in a tin. It can be used in the freezer as well as the microwave and oven. If you are using it for lining a cake tin, you should also lightly butter or oil the paper before spooning in the cake mix.
4. Measuring spoons
https://bakekey.com/?s=Measuring+spoonsPeople often under or overestimate the size of a teaspoon or tablespoon. Measuring spoon ensures an accurate amount is used. If you like to use American recipes, it's also worth buying a set of measuring cups to avoid tricky conversions.
5. Measuring Cup
Baking recipes often include oil, milk or other liquid ingredients, so a measuring cup is essential for getting the quantities right. As a measuring cup is needed for so many cooking purposes, it's always useful to have one to hand.
6. Mixing bowls
It's useful to have at least two large mixing bowls as many recipes require more than one. Choose glass, metal or plastic according to preference but it's worth having heatproof ones so that you can put them in the microwave or over simmering water when melting chocolate.
7. Pastry brush
https://bakekey.com/?s=brushA pastry brush can be used to glaze your pastry with egg wash or milk or for brushing filo pastry with melted butter. It's also good for brushing off excess icing sugar when cake decorating.
8. Rolling pin
You can buy one-piece https://bakekey.com/?s=Rolling+pin or the type with a fixed handle at either end, depending on which you find easiest. For really smooth results make sure the pin is wide enough to fully cover the width of dough or icing you are rolling out. If you do a lot of cake decorating with ready-to-roll icing, it's handy to have both a wide pin made from smooth plastic and a mini pin for intricate work.
A wooden spoon is a great all-rounder in the kitchen. If you don't have a food mixer, use it for beating your cake mixes. A large metal spoon is handy for folding in flour or whisked egg whites.11. Bundt cake tinThe ultimate speciality bake tin with truly stunning results. These decorative pans have a distinct ridged design in a traditional ring shape.