Must-Have Baking Essentials for Beginners

If you’re new to baking and just learning how to bake, you probably know that it requires more than just your standard kitchen tools. Bakers usually use various baking equipment, and for a beginner, you might find yourself lost on what to buy. Luckily, we have listed the essential baking tools every beginner should have to create delectable baked goods.

Baking equipment you certainly need in your kitchen:

Liquid and Dry Measuring Spoons and Cups

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Baking requires precision, which is why having a complete set of measuring spoons and cups is a necessity. You’ll need both wet and dry measuring cups to measure your ingredients accurately.

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FAVIA Nesting Measuring Cups and Spoons Set with Funnel Plastic BPA Free Dishwasher Safe (10 Pieces)

OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk

M KITCHEN WORLD Heat Resistant Silicone Spatula Set - Non-Stick Rubber Spatula Kitchen Utensils for Cooking, Baking, and Mixing - Ergonomic, Bakeware Set of 4, Orange

Cuisinart Kitcheniismo Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers

Silicone Basting Pastry Brush Spread Oil Butter Sauce Marinades for BBQ Grill Baking Kitchen Cooking, Baste Pastries Cakes Meat Sausages Desserts, Food Grade, Dishwasher safe

Reynolds Kitchens Pop-Up Parchment Paper Sheets, 10.7x13.6 Inch, 30 Count

Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer, Beaters and Whisk, with Snap-On Storage Case, White

Aucma Stand Mixer,6.5-QT 660W 6-Speed Tilt-Head Food Mixer, Kitchen Electric Mixer with Dough Hook, Wire Whip & Beater (6.5QT, Pink)

Hiware 8 Inch Non-stick Springform Pan with Removable Bottom - Leakproof Cheesecake Pan with 50 Pcs Parchment Paper

 

Buy It: FAVIA Nesting Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

Whisk

A wire whisk isn’t just handy for beating a few eggs together, but it’s also among the best methods of stirring homemade custard and thoroughly mixing your dry ingredients.

Buy It: OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk

Rubber Scraper/Spatula

This baking tool is not just perfect for scraping everything out of the nooks and crannies of your pans or jars, but it’s also helpful in folding together your dry and wet ingredients. 

Buy It: M KITCHEN WORLD Heat Resistant Silicone Spatula Set

Fine-Mesh Sieve

You can use a fine-mesh sieve in various ways. However, it’s the most useful in sifting your dry ingredients or dusting with powdered sugar. You can also use it to drain wet ingredients and remove seeds from sauces.

Buy It: Cuisinart Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers

Pastry Brush

You can use this tool to coat the top of a pie crust with milk, grease a pan before pouring the cake batter in or coat the dough with egg wash or melted butter.

Buy It: Silicone Basting Pastry Brush

Parchment Paper

Baking with parchment paper will make cleaning up much quicker and easier. It will also prevent the baked goods from sticking to your pans. Consider investing in an eco-friendly reusable silicone baking mate.

Buy It: Reynolds Kitchens Pop-Up Parchment Paper Sheets

Hand Mixer/Stand Mixer

At least having a hand mixer among your baking equipment will making mixing batter and dough much quicker and easier. Although, it’ll benefit you to invest in a stand mixer. Using a hand or a stand mixer is, by far, an excellent way of mixing ingredients without getting your arm tired.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer/Aucma Stand Mixer

Round Cake Pan

If you’re planning to bake a layered, round cake, you’ll be needing two of these cake pans on hand. Most round cake pans typically have 8-inch and 9-inch diameters.

Buy It: Hiware 8 Inch Non-stick Springform Pan with Removable Bottom

Rectangular Baking Pan

A regular 13x9x2 inches baking pan is a baking must-have. You can use it for baking cakes, cookie bars, brownies, as well as savory food.

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GreenLife Bakeware Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Rectangular Cake Pan, 13" x 9", Turquoise

Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 9-Inch Square Baking Pan with Lid, Set of 2

Amazon Basics Nonstick Baking Bread Loaf Pan, 9.5 x 5 Inch, Set of 2

Pyrex Easy Grab Glass 9.5 Inch Pie Plate (2-Pack)

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings, 13.6", Multi-Color

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Standard Muffin and Cupcake Pan, 12-Cup Baking Pan

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet, 2 pack, 2-Pack, Silver

Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack for Cookies, Cake and More

 

Buy It: GreenLife Bakeware Nonstick, Rectangular Cake Pan

Square Baking Pan

A typical 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan is perfect for baking a small batch of brownies, square cakes, cornbread, and cookie bars.

Buy It: Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 9-Inch Square Baking Pan with Lid

Loaf Pan

Loaf pans are perfect for baking pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, banana bread, and all of your favorite homemade bread. If you want to make yeast bread, it’ll be good to invest in two of these pans.

Buy It: Amazon Basics Nonstick Baking Bread Loaf Pan

Pie Plate

Baking homemade pies call for a pie plate, but you can also use the pie plate for baking other desserts aside from pies. Aside from that, you can also bake savory pies such as taco pie and meatball pie, as well as frozen icebox pies on these plates.

Buy It: Pyrex Easy Grab Glass 9.5 Inch Pie Plate

Rolling Pin

These tools are the most useful in rolling out cookie dough, puff pastry, and pie crust. Additionally, you can use a rolling pin to crush crackers, cookies, or chips inside a sealable bag if you don’t own a food processor.

Buy It: Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Muffin Pan

Muffin pans are perfect for baking muffins or cupcakes. Although, you can also use them for baking savory recipes such as pizza cups, mini meatloaves, and meatballs.

Buy It: Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Muffin and Cupcake Pan

Sheet Pan/Baking Sheet/Cookie Sheet

You’ll be needing at least one cookie sheet for baking, although you’ll undoubtedly benefit from two of them. However, if you do buy two, have one cookie sheet to have one raised side to bake the cookies, which allows for proper circulation of air and even baking.

Buy It: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Wire Rack

This baking equipment allows the air to circulate the baked goods while they’re cooling, so they won’t get soggy and will taste just as lovely at room temperature, similar to when they’re fresh out of the oven.

Buy It: Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack