Baking is only possible with the right kit, and we’ve tested it all – from cake tins and stand mixers to cooling racks and hand whisks. Here, we’ve selected niche gadgets for true baking lovers. Read on to find the buys that will transform the way you bake.
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This genius little invention manages to combine two of a baker’s most used tools, the whisk and the spatula. Whisk away to your heart’s content, then turn the whisk and use the built-in spatula to scrape up any mixture that’s still stuck to the bowl.
Joseph Joseph Whiskle
The design is fairly light, meaning kids can use it too, plus it’s easy to clean and dishwasher-safe. One thing to note is that, with the spatula attachment, this may be a little tricky to fit inside your cutlery drawer, so consider alternative storage options.
Non-stick baking tin
Credit to PushPan, as its tins are genuinely non-stick – no baking parchment required. Yes, they do exactly what it says on the tin, so it’s a win for the environment as well as for the home baker.
PushPan aluminium deep tin
During rigorous testing with wet batters, there were no nasty leaks, meaning no scrubbing burnt cake off the bottom of the oven afterwards. The tin itself is fairly easy to clean, but like most baking tins, we’d recommend washing by hand with soapy water as the dishwasher can diminish non-stick qualities. Also, the PushPan heats up four times faster than standard cake tins, so be careful you don’t overbake the contents.
Ever baked a sponge and pulled it out of the oven only to find there’s a crack on top? This tends to happen when the heat hasn’t been distributed properly, resulting in an uneven bake.
PME baking belt
Ensure you achieve consistent, smooth-topped cakes with this smart little baking belt. Simply soak it in cold water and strap around your cake tin. The tin will heat uniformly, so the cake will bake at the same speed throughout. Ideal for perfectionists, this will save you time having to straighten your sponges with a cake-leveller.
Making bagels at home is a time-consuming business, but these crafty little moulds allow you to make six at once with relative ease, from dipping the dough into boiling water to finishing in the oven.
Lékué silicone bagel moulds (set of six)
The silicone material is non-stick, so that all-important hole in the centre stays uniform as each bagel bakes around the cone. Plus, perforations in the moulds allow excess moisture to evaporate in the oven, resulting in a perfectly crisp finish with soft, pillowy bread on the inside. Because they’re silicone, they’re generally easy to clean, are dishwasher-safe and stack neatly on top of each other to save cupboard space.
To achieve that smooth buttercream finish on a cake, invest in a decent scraper – they’re easier and more efficient to use than a palette knife.
Tala flat edge cake smoother
This tool looks like something you might see a plasterer using and, trust us, it produces the same results. Just apply your chosen buttercream to the tops and sides of your sponge, then hold on to the comfort grips on the scraper before placing it up against the buttercream. If you have a turntable, spin the sponge and hold the scraper firmly in place so that the buttercream spreads itself out evenly over the cake. Repeat for the top of the cake, too. If you don’t have a turntable, just make sure you can reach all sides of the cake. The scraper is 9 inches, so it’s ideal for tall, tiered cakes.
Chlorine-free baking cups
Any cupcake fans out there who fret about using too many non-recyclable cases when baking can rest easy with these entirely unbleached baking cups.
If You Care large baking cups
They’re large enough to make standard-sized muffins or fairly huge cupcakes, are made from unbleached and recycled cardboard packaging, and are chlorine-free. That means that no chlorine is dumped into oceans, rivers or lakes as a result of them being recycled.
Bakers need not worry about burning their hands or arms on scorching hot ovens with a nifty little handle.
Norpro silicone oven push/pull
The Norpro oven push/pull latches on to your cake dish (or any casserole dish for that matter), allowing you to pull your bake out of the oven with little risk of having to touch the sides, thus reducing the chance of burns. It’s also pretty handy for when you need to test the centre of your cake to ensure it’s cooked – simply pull out, pop in your skewer, then push back inside. Easy peasy.
Electric stand mixer
Stand mixers are the workhorses of a busy kitchen that, thanks to their motors, will take the burden of combining ingredients so your arms don’t have to.
Russell Hobbs Go Create stand mixer
Rated best mid-range model in our test of the best stand mixers, the Russel Hobbs Go Create sits at the budget end of the spectrum, but offers a good range of speed settings. It’s ideal for making anything from cake recipes to kneading bread dough with its various attachments.
Dough scrapers are often known as bench scrapers, and are useful when handling sticky things like pizza dough.
Tablecraft handled stainless steel dough scraper
The Tablecraft scraper is a sharp and sturdy example that makes collecting stubborn, sticky chunks back into one ball particularly easy, as well as dividing dough into portions.
Whether you enjoy making the odd batch of biscuits or want to branch into the world of pastry, baking trays are a true kitchen essential. A non-stick flat surface gives you flexibility to spread out creations and achieve a more even bake, while being a conveniently slim bit of kit to store. Read our review of the best baking trays.
Circulon Ultimum insulated baking sheet
We put the best baking trays to the test and were impressed by the proportions of the Circulon Ultimate, voted best baking sheet for one-batch cooking. It’s also backed by a lifetime guarantee.
At BBC Good Food, we like robust bakeware, like springform tins. When you have the right shape and size for the recipe, you’re more likely to get the result you’re hoping for. Springform tins also make the release of bakes a much gentler process. Read our review of the best cake tins.
Le Creuset springform round cake tin
This Le Creuset has a couple of qualities that make it a cut above the rest: a heat-resistant silicone-coated clasp for easy un-clipping, PFOA-free non-stick, and a lifetime guarantee to protect it.
These kitchen gadgets slice, dice, chop and blitz ingredients much quicker than we can. They’re multitaskers that usually arrive with a variety of attachments that come in handy for biscuit dough, cake batter and even crumbly bases for cheesecake.
VonShef 750W food processor
Voted best-value food processor by BBC Good Food experts, this baking gadget comes loaded with a variety of functions within a small, neat footprint. Interested in juicing? An emulsification disc comes included. Read our guide to the best food processors.
When dealing with ingredients like baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices, it really helps to have a good set of measuring spoons to follow the recommended amounts in a recipe.
Wilton Scoop-It measuring cups
This set of four measuring spoons are dishwasher-safe and have silicone handles – great for gripping, even with buttery fingers. The tear-drop shape is also a logical touch for scooping into even the smallest spice jars.
Sometimes we eyeball recipes, and sometimes, specific measurements are a must for making the best bakes possible, particularly for bread. You want a pair that’s easy to read and store, and most importantly, accurate in its measurements.
Salter 10kg glass electronic digital kitchen scales
BBC Good Food experts rated this set the best kitchen scales for large loads because their precise measurements extend all the way up to the 10kg mark. It’s not a level we’re likely to reach on a regular basis, but for batch-baking for picnics and birthday parties, or even making dough for freezing, the large capacity is incredibly useful.
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