We come to the second part of the series. This is a post which could be useful for beginners. Pros can stay away from this. After looking into the OTG, we are now here to know about some of the tools you may need to bake basic cakes and cookies. All the tools I have listed below are not necessary for the beginners but I thought you may need to know the tools so that when you go to a store, you can easily make up your mind whether to buy it or not.When I first started baking, the confusion I had was what to buy. When I was in the baking tools section, I would not know half of them and end up asking the salesperson who inturn doesn’t know about them. I have listed the tools which I have. These tools took nearly 4 years for collection. I never go and buy the tools in bulk. Every month or once in two months, I buy some tools which are necessary and now I have a huge collection of them. So start small and when you start gaining confidence, then make an investment. You can bake a cake without any fancy gadgets. You don’t need a hand whisk on your first try. A wooden spoon would do the job. But once you take baking seriously, then all these tools make your job easier and saves a lot of time. Then they will become necessities.
We will start with the tins and trays
Baking trays are mainly used for baking sheet cakes, brownies, blondies, cookies and bread rolls. I prefre to use aluminium trays. If you have a black coloured tray do not forget to reduce your oven temperature by 10°.
These are loaf tins used to make loaf cakes, quick breads, bread loaves and pound cakes.
This is the muffin tray. This comes in so many sizes. Mine is medium to bake 12 muffins at a time. You can either bake the muffins or cupcakes directly in the mould or you can line it with paper liners and then bake. Using paper liner makes it less messy and cleaning up is lot more easier. You need to grease the mould if you are pouring the batter directly into the mould but no need to grease the paper liners.
These are round cake tins. These come in so many measurements. Make sure to buy tins which fit in the oven.
The spring form cake tin will be very helpful while making cheesecakes and finishing layered pastries. This also comes in various sizes and you can select a size comfortable for you. You will be able to remove the ring from the base and so it is easy to remove the cake without flippin it on a wire rack. The other is a mini bundt cake tin to make beautiful tiny bundt cakes.
This works so much like a spring form pan but it is cheaper. Loose bottomed pans are great for cheese cakes and layered pastries.
These are pudding moulds useful in making Christmas pudding.
These cones are used in making cornets or pastry cones with sweet or savoury fillings.
These are silicon moulds for making small cakes. As silicon can withstand temperatures upto 180°C, you can use them in recipes which require below 180°C for baking.
These are silicon chocolate moulds for making filled chocolates.
This is a tube pan for baking pound cake or any cake which can be filled with fruits or any other fillings in the centre.
This is a bread tin with a lid for getting perfect square slices. The bread will not for a dome as the lid will make sure that the dough stays in shape.
These are cookie cutters. There are so many shapes and sizes available in the market but these are the basic ones.
Which ever tool you miss to buy, do not miss this. Cups and spoons are must for perfect baking. If there is something wron with measuring, then your cake will not turn out good. So invest in cups and spoons on the very first day of your baking adventure.
Mixing bowls. Have bowls of various sizes to mix your batter or dough.
Thes top ones are dough scrapers which can be handy while kneading bread dough. And the bottom ones are tiny spatula and pastry brush. The spatula is used to remove all the batter from the bowl and the pastry brush is used for glazing.
These are spatulas of various sizes I use for decorating cakes.
These are cake servers and also can be useful while decorating cakes.
This is one of the most important tools in baking. As soon as you remove the cake or cookies from oven, they need to be cooled on a wire rack so that the bottom of the cake also has air flow and cools perfectly. If you transfer a cake or a cookie or a bread on to a plate while still hot, then condensation is formed and the bottom becomes soggy.
Turntable very useful while decorating cakes.
Hope this was helpful.
Here are some links for the tools in Amazon
My other posts in the Baking Basics Series:
- Homemade Pan Release
- Ingredient Substitutes
- Eggless Baking
- Flax Gel
- Dark Chocolate Ganache
- American Butter Cream
- Homemade Veg Fondant- Gelatin Free
- How to do Frozen Butter Cream Transfer / FBCT
- Italian Meringue Buttercream
- Homemade Mascarpone Cheese