12 Essential Baking Tools Every Home Baker Needs
In this baking tools guide, you will be armed with everything you need to know to build an arsenal of essential baking equipment to keep stocked for everyday baking. From bowls and mixers to pans and measuring cups, this is your one-stop shopping guide for beginning your baking journey!
A while back, I shared my list of essential baking ingredients for stocking a baking pantry for everyday baking. This companion list of essential baking tools will set you up nicely so that you’ll have everything you need if you want to whip up a batch of cookies, brownies, or even a chocolate layer cake.
While there are many, many, many more items in my kitchen, I feel like if you have the basics on this list, you can make close to anything!
#1: Oven Thermometer
What I use and recommend: CDN Oven Thermometer. One of the most critical pieces of baking equipment! I keep one in my oven at all times to ensure that the oven temperature is correct (spoiler alert: most times it’s not!).
I actually have to set my oven’s temperature 75 degrees cooler than I want it because it runs hot. I’ve only used one oven that was true to temperature since using oven thermometers religiously; I highly recommend one!
#2: Food Scale
What I use and recommend: OXO 22-pound capacity kitchen scale. I’ve used this scale for nearly a decade and love it so much. Easy to use and gives readouts in ounces, grams, cups, and milliliters, I use it for baking as well as other household tasks.
#3: Hand Mixer
What I use and recommend: Cuisinart 7-Speed Hand Mixer. I have owned this for over 15 years and it’s still going strong! I love that it has a count-up digital timer so you know exactly how long you’ve been mixing something. While stand mixers are pretty and useful, I use my hand mixer for 95% of my kitchen projects!
#4: Mixing Bowls
I like to keep both on hand in a variety of sizes; glass is great for microwaving, while stainless is heat safe and can be used as a double boiler on the stovetop.
#5: Baking Pans
We need something to bake all of those delicious goodies in!
Must-Have Baking Pans
If you’re just building your supply, then these should be your go-to for easy recipes:
- Rectangular Baking Pan – Glass is the most versatile, but a metal one with straight sides is great, too.
- Square Baking Pan – Again, start with glass then add in a metal one if you’d like! I recommend one 8-inch pan and one 9-inch pan.
- Round Cake Pans – 9-inch pans are standard for most layer cakes and I recommend buying three so you’re prepared for triple layer cakes!
Nice-to-Have Baking Pans
This is where it gets fun! Add to your collection when you can with these pans and you’ll be ready to make almost any recipe!
- Bundt Pan
- 8-inch Round Cake Pans (again, I recommend three for triple layer cakes)
- Cheesecake (Springform) Pan
- Loaf Pans – 8½ x 4½-inch and 9×5-inch
- Muffin Pans – Standard size, mini size, and jumbo size.
- Tart Pan
#6: Pie Plates
#7: Rimmed Baking Sheets
What I use and recommend: Vollrath Wear-Ever Half Sheet Pans. These are 13×18-inch and I use these all the time, from baking Ina’s outrageous brownies and countless batches of cookies to roasting vegetables and potatoes. I own four of these.
I also own two 10x-15-inch jellyroll pans (hello, Texas sheet cake!).
#8: Cooling Racks
What I use and recommend: CIA Masters Wire Cooling Rack. If you’re big into holiday baking, you really can’t have too many! I own four of these.
#9: Measuring Cups & Spoons
Measuring cups fall into two categories: dry and liquid. The vessels measure capacities differently, so you’ll want to use dry measuring cups for all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, etc.) and liquid measuring cups for any – you guessed it! – liquids.
Dry Measuring Cups and Spoons
What I use and recommend: OXO Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons. Can you ever have enough?! You’ll want at least one set of each (I keep three or four on hand) and I highly prefer stainless steel for both.
Liquid Measuring Cups
What I use and recommend: Pyrex 1-cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup set. You can certainly get by with a single 1-cup measuring cup, I actually use my 2-cup version much more frequently and would recommend that one first. The 4-cup one is great for melting chocolate or measuring large amounts of liquids.
#10: Whisks & Spatulas
What I use and recommend: DI ORO seamless silicone spatulas. I love that these are a single piece of silicone so the head doesn’t get loose or get dirty at the crease. Plus, they are heat resistant and incredibly easy to clean.
#11: Fine-Mesh Sieve
What I use and recommend: Rosle Stainless Steel Fine-Mesh Sieve. This is a workhorse in my kitchen; I use it for sprinkling powdered sugar on waffles to making silky smooth pastry cream and everything in between.
#12: Rolling Pin
From pie crust to pizza dough and sugar cookies, every kitchen needs a rolling pin! The one I have my mom passed down to me, so I have no idea what brand it is; it has no handles (it’s very similar to this one), which I actually love because it keeps you from being too heavy-handed with it.
If you make a lot of pies and pastries, you may want to invest in a marble rolling pin, as it stays cool and makes handling pastry dough easier.