Best cooling racks – on test

A sturdy metal rack for cooling cakes and bakes is essential if you want to ice your creation - or to just avoid burnt fingers! Great British Bake Off finalist, Kimberley Wilson, puts a selection to the test...

Best... All-rounder

Tala cooling rackTala non-stick cake cooling tray

Kimberley says: "This tray ticks a lot of boxes being non-stick and dishwasher safe. It is large enough to handle two large cakes at the same time and is well priced. A good all-rounder."

Size: 40cm x 25cm
Non-stick? Yes

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Best... For batch baking

Cake Craft cooling rackCooling rack

Kimberley says: "This three-tiered set is great value. When stacked there is enough room to cool muffins and buns between the layers with plenty of room for air to circulate. However, all three of the layers were a little uneven, which was a bit irritating. Large spaces between the grills mean thin biscuits could slip through, but otherwise a good buy."

Size: 40cm x 25cm (x3)
Non-stick? Yes

£11.35, from Cake Craft



What Kimberley looked for... 

Kimberley WilsonQuality: A metal that was strong and a structure that's sturdy on its feet. 

Height: Plenty of room underneath the rack to allow air to circulate.

Size and shape: How much you can fit on the rack and how practical the shape is from a useage and storage point of view. 

Ease of cleaning: How difficult is it to clean off crumbs or residue. 

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29th Sep, 2014
Honestly, I think the Lakeland triple stacking cooling rack is better than this lot. Each is large enough to hold a whole sponge, or 12 cupcakes, they have long legs that stack with lots of clearance and also fold flat. Non-stick and pretty sturdy. Absolute godsend!
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