Baking Is a Piece of Cake Thanks to These Handy Tools

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Whether you’ve always been an avid baker for years or you’ve only recently started baking as a new boredom-busting hobby, you know there’s an exactness to it. From measuring ingredients for a fluffy layer cake to nailing the best cooking time and temperature for soft-baked chocolate chip cookies, achieving the results you want requires patience, technique, and trusted recipes. 

Having the right baking gear can also make the process easier and more fun, as well as help you get picture-perfect results. Most of us have obvious baking staples, like mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, and a few baking sheets—but there’s a whole world of baking gear out there with tools designed with practicality, presentation, and yes, precision, in mind.

Here, the best baking tools.

Great Jones Patty Cake

great jones patty cake

If you’ve ever attempted baking a layer cake only to have your cake stick like glue to the pans you baked them in, you might feel like swearing off cake baking forever. But that would be a real shame because, well, cake.

Instead, use these nine-inch cake pans from Great Jones. They're designed so cakes release cleanly and easily, with a raised, wavy pattern on the bottom and a non-toxic, scratch-resistant ceramic coating that helps prevent sticking. They’re dishwasher safe, too, and available in shades of blue or green that'll add a pop of color to your kitchen.

Williams Sonoma Lattice Piecrust Cutter

Williams Sonoma Lattice Piecrust Cutter

Perhaps one of the toughest parts of baking a pie is getting the crust just right. If you're one of those people that can handle it on the first try, we salute you. If not, this piecrust cutter is your new secret to bakery-worthy pies.

Using the cutter is, ahem, easy as pie. All you have to is place the cutter down, lay a rolled sheet of dough on top, and roll the cutter into the dough to create the design. Once it's done, place it on top of your favorite pie, bake, and voilà—you'll have a homemade pie that'll impress everyone who takes a slice.

Any dessert is a personal dessert if you try hard enough, but if you're really looking to create true individualized portions, a mini cocotte will get the job done. Made of stoneware that allows for even heat distribution throughout, Le Creuset's cocottes keep food at your ideal temperature so everyone can enjoy your famous cobbler recipe with ease.

The cocotte, which is available in 21 shades, is as much a serving dish as it is bakeware. And even though you may have your sights set on dessert, it can even be used to make individual pot pies, dips, sauces, and more. The best part? Each cocotte features a smooth interior enamel that food will slide right off of, so you can focus more on your delicious dessert and less on the post-baking cleanup.

King Arthur Baguette Pan

Baguette Pan

If you’ve mastered baking round sourdough loaves and are ready to tackle a new bread recipe, try your hand at homemade French baguettes with the help of this baguette pan. It holds three loaves and is perforated with tiny holes to promote more even heat circulation for baking loaves with crisp, chewy crusts. Durable and easy-to-clean, this pan comes with a lifetime warranty so you can be sure you're buying something of great quality.

Food52 x JK Adams Marble & Walnut Rotating Cake Stand

Cake Stand

Frost and serve your cake creations in style with this functional and beautiful cake stand. The base is made from rustic walnut wood and the pedestal is made from classic white marble, which resists staining from desserts and helps keep cakes cool for decorating.

Use the rotating pedestal to help you cover every inch of your cake with buttercream, spread ganache, or create a swirled frosting effect. Then, carry the cake stand to your dining table or buffet spread to present and serve.

Trudeau Confetti Silicone Set of 3 Spatulas

Trudeau Confetti Silicone Set of 3 Spatulas

Spatulas are a baker’s best friend for everything from mixing ingredients by hand, gently folding, and scraping every last bit of batter from the sides and bottom of a mixing bowl. This fun silicone set has a whimsical confetti design that’ll have you itching to decorate with rainbow sprinkles.

It includes a spoon-spatula for scooping and a small and large flat spatula for scraping and spreading. Since they're made from silicone, these tools are non-toxic, stain-resistant, and dishwasher-safe. What else? They’re constructed from one piece of silicone so there aren’t any cracks or gaps for bits of flour, dough, or batter to get stuck in.

Williams Sonoma Marble Pastry Board

Marble Pastry Board

One of the best ways to ensure pie and pastry dough turns out light and flaky is to keep it chilled during prep. Marble runs naturally cool, so using a marble board can help keep your chilled doughs from becoming too warm as you roll, cut, and assemble. 

Plus, a dedicated pastry board keeps flour and scraps of dough off your countertops so you have less cleanup. This board is generously sized at 24 x 16 inches, and it can even double as a serving platter to help keep cheese and charcuterie spreads at the ideal temperature.

Williams Sonoma Silicone Perfect Pie Crust Mold

Williams Sonoma Silicone Perfect Pie Crust Mold

Save time and create a show-stopping pie presentation with this pie crust mold. Simply press pie dough into the mold, remove, and use to decorate the top of your pie—no fancy pastry skills needed. Made of silicone, the mold is naturally non-stick so your pie dough will release easily and cleanup is a breeze.

The mold features five designs, including braid, rope, herringbone, basketweave, and pearl, so you can add flair to a traditional lattice crust or upgrade the edges of your pie from a traditional crimped look.

A beautiful pie dish can make even store-bought pie crust look extra beautiful on the table. The Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish is made in France from Burgundian clay for gentle and even heating and baking, and it's finished with a shiny ceramic glaze for an even nicer presentation. 

The ruffled edge is both classic and elegant and adds a scalloped finish to your pie edges without any extra work on your part. It’s available in several earth-tones, but we recommend going with the classic white to let the pie really stand out on the table. Plus, the neutral tone will complement any dinnerware.

Nordic Ware Heirloom Cookie Stamps

Nordic Ware Heirloom Cookie Stamps

Cookie stamps help you create patterned cookies that look like they came from a professional bakery, but they’re so easy to use that even beginner bakers can achieve pro results. Just roll cooking dough into about the size of a golf ball, place on a baking sheet, and stamp. These stamps are made from aluminum with wooden handles, and include three designs: honeycomb, petals, and scallops. Pro tip: Some reviewers advise dusting the stamp with a bit of flour or sugar before using to make sure the dough releases cleanly.

Bake impressive loaf cakes and sweet breads in a decorative and elegant fluted design with this loaf pan. Pound cake, blueberry lemon loaf, and banana bread will look almost too gorgeous to slice and definitely worthy of gifting. Part of Nordic Ware’s anniversary line, this pan has a golden finish that’s pretty enough to display when you’re not baking. It's made from aluminum and has a non-stick coating that reviewers say releases food without any mess.

Crate and Barrel Baker's Cooling Rack

 Crate and Barrel Baker's Cooling Rack

A cooling rack is a must-have item for beginner and serious bakers alike. This cooling rack makes use of vertical space, essentially creating four shelves, so you don’t have to clutter your stovetop or counters with hot baking sheets.

It’s especially ideal if you do a lot of large-scale baking or epic holiday cookie baking. Each shelf can hold up to 10-pounds of goodies, and the whole thing folds flat so you can tuck it into a cabinet or pantry for compact storage when you're done using it.

OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

There's really no such thing as cookies that are too big, but if you're trying to make a uniform batch, a cookie scoop will certainly come in handy. Available in three sizes—small, medium, and large—OXO's scoop features a soft grip that absorbs pressure while you scoop so it's easy to release the batter each time. The stainless steel design is dishwasher-safe, too, so it's easy to clean when you're finished.

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