16 Essential Baking Tools for Beginners

Whether you’re a professional pastry chef or learning how to bake for the first time, you can’t dodge the importance of having reliable baking tools readily on-hand in your kitchen.

If you’re purchasing baking equipment for the first time, you might be overwhelmed by all the available options. You might ask questions like: “How many measuring cups do I actually need?” and “What’s the difference between all these spatulas, anyway?”

We want to help you choose the correct equipment to purchase, so you can always bake your favorite recipes, like chocolate chip cookies, birthday cakes, and classic holiday pies. This list of essential baking equipment will help you tackle all these recipes (and more!) with ease.

Here are the 16 baking tools that no baker should live without!

16 Baking Tools List I Recommend

What Tools Does a Baker Use?

1. Measuring Utensils

Measuring cups and spoons ensure you add the right amount of each ingredient to your recipes.

Here are the different types of measuring utensils you’ll need:

  • Glass measuring cups with a spout are helpful to measure liquid ingredients—one with a 2-cup capacity is usually sufficient.
  • Metal measuring cups are great for measuring large quantities of dry ingredients—make sure you have one cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup, and ¼ cup.
  • Metal measuring spoons are ideal for measuring small quantities of dry ingredients—you’ll most often use one tablespoon, one teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, and ¼ teaspoon.

2. Mixing Bowls

Nearly every recipe requires one to two mixing bowls, so purchasing a three-piece or five-piece mixing bowl set will ensure you have the perfect sized bowl for every recipe.

We recommend stainless-steel or glass bowls, but there are tons of mixing bowl options available to satisfy your needs.

3. Sheet Pan

A sheet pan (or baking sheet) is necessary to make items like cookies, sheet cakes, and other baked goods—a half-sheet pan (18 x 13 inches) is usually large enough to satisfy the needs of at-home bakers.

Keep two sheet pans on-hand for extra-large batches of cookies or layered sheet cakes.

4. Muffin Tin

A nonstick muffin tin is great to have on-hand for making muffins, cupcakes, cheesecake bites, and more. Here are a few pans you should purchase:

  • 12-cup tin—You’ll need this standard-sized tin to make batches of cupcakes and muffins.
  • 6-cup tin—Add a six-cup muffin tin to your collection so that you can bake an extra-large batch of muffins in the oven at the same time.
  • Mini muffin tin—Make miniature baked goods with a 24-count mini muffin pan.

5. Loaf Pan

There’s nothing better than a slice of fresh banana, pumpkin, or zucchini bread. Invest in a standard-sized loaf pan to make dessert bread, and also to try your hand at baking fresh yeast bread from scratch.

6. Square Baking Pan

A square baking pan (9 x 9 inches) is perfect for making brownies, blondies, cookie bars, cornbread, and other delicious baked goods. We recommend a nonstick aluminum pan for easy clean-up.

7. Round Cake Pans

Round pans are essential for baking cakes—and layered cakes usually require at least two round cake pans so that you can bake both layers at the same time. We recommend either 8 x 8-inch or 9 x 9-inch pans.

If you plan to make tiered cakes frequently, consider purchasing a 3-tier cake set with small (6 x 6-inch), medium (8 x 8-inch), and large (10 x 10-inch) pans.

8. Pie Dish

Whether you love apple, pumpkin, peach, or pecan—a pie dish is a staple tool to bake all your seasonal and holiday favorites. A 9 x 9-inch glass pie dish does the trick for baking, and it also offers a beautiful presentation.

9. Wire Whisk

Most recipes call for eggs, and most eggs call for a whisk. Have a standard-sized wire whisk on-hand to make your eggs and liquid ingredients light and frothy.

10. Mixer (Hand or Stand)

If you’re not a heavy-duty baker, you may not need to invest in an electric stand mixer. However, every baker should at least have an electric hand mixer.

Hand mixers help to cream butter, mix cookie dough, and whip up cake batters with ease—so you don’t need to complete an upper-arm workout just to stir your dessert.

11. Spatulas

Silicone spatulas are super handy for scooping and scraping batter and cookie dough out of the bowl and onto a pan. You can also use them as a spoon to fold ingredients, like chocolate chips, into a dough. Plus, silicone spatulas are heat-resistant, so you can use them on the stovetop, too!

Other useful spatulas for baking include icing spatulas for decorating cakes and turner spatulas for removing cookies, brownies, and other baked goods from the pan or tray.

12. Wooden Spoon

A sturdy wooden spoon is a staple tool to mix ingredients together. Unlike metal spoons, they won’t scratch your bowls or pans or react with acidic ingredients.

13. Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat

After investing in brand-new loaf pans, cookie sheets, and square pans, you’ll want to keep them looking nice for years to come.

Parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking mat helps keep your baked goods from sticking to the pan to make serving your delicious treats and cleaning your kitchen an absolute breeze.

14. Rolling Pin

A multipurpose, wooden rolling pin is handy for flattening out cookie dough or pie crust. Usually, a classic roller-type pin is most comfortable on the wrists and will last for decades.

15. Pastry Brush

You might not think a pastry brush is an essential baking item, but you’ll be surprised how much you use it. You can use your brush to grease your pans with oil, brush an egg wash on pastries or pies, and add glazes to cakes or cookies.

16. Wire Cooling Rack

When you remove a hot tray of cookies from the oven, they’ll need a space to cool. That’s where a wire cooling rack comes into play—your cookies (or other baked goods) can cool from all angles on the rack, and you won’t risk burning your delicious treats.

Become a Pro Baker with These Essential Tools

Once you’ve added these tools to your kitchen cabinets and drawers, you’ll be well-equipped to bake all your favorite desserts and take your skills to the next level.

You can get creative with some new recipes, too! Check out the recipes on our blog for baking inspiration.

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