The Essential Cake Baking Supplies Every Home Cook Needs
The star of any party is always the cake. Be prepared to make a showstopper for any occasion with a good collection of cake supplies. Check out our favorite tools.
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Whether you’re just getting started with some easy cake recipes or are star baker who loves to make gorgeous multi-layer cakes, you’ll need a few cake supplies to make these desserts. A few basics like good pans and spatulas can get you far with any recipe you choose. Check out our cake-making must-haves.
If you’re just starting out baking, let a 13×9 be your first cake supplies purchase. You can bake up so many tasty and simple cakes in one. While there are lots of pretty 13×9 pans to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a basic aluminum one ($24) that will last you ages.
Round Cake Pans
Layer cakes are the pride and joy of many bakers. Be sure to stock up on enough round cake pans to make baking up these beauties a bit easier. Start with a pack of two from Taste of Home’s new bakeware line ($17) and go from there.
Feeding a crowd? Try a simple but tasty sheet cake, Since you’ll be turning to these recipes again and again, you’ll want a good sheet pan. This one from Nordic Ware ($14) is our Test Kitchen’s favorite.
Serious cake bakers and decorators, you’ll never regret adding a decorating turntable ($27) to your collection of cake supplies. This lazy Susan-like tool allows you to spin your layered cakes for even layers of icing and beautiful finishes. It makes decorating even a simple cake such a breeze.
For an impressive-looking cake without all the fuss, grab an elegant bundt pan ($36). The gorgeous designs give your cakes all the decoration they need, though a dusting of powdered sugar never hurts.
Cake Pan Wraps
Dedicated bakers swear by these cake pan wraps ($11). They help you bake up nice and level cake rounds for easier stacking. Just give them a quick soak in water and wrap them around your pans before baking. They’ll keep the outsides of the pans from getting too hot and the edges of your cake from getting baked too quickly.
Whether you’re frosting a sheet cake, layer cake or cupcakes, you’ll want to have an offset spatula at the ready. We recommend grabbing a few sizes to suit whatever size bake you’re frosting. Try this set of three ($20) at home.
There are so many adorable cupcake recipes out there to try. Be sure you’re ready to bake some up with a good cupcake pan or two ($18). Don’t forget to stock up on cupcake tin liners, too.
Mini Cupcake Pan
To level off the top of a cake or to split a layer into two, you can rely on a good eye, a steady hand and a serrated knife. For those that don’t want to risk uneven layers, rely on a cake leveler ($10). It’ll help you get even layers every time.
Yes, you can absolutely test the doneness of your cake with a simple toothpick. However, if you’re baking a thicker cake like a Bundt, you’ll struggle to hit the center of the cake with a small toothpick. That’s where a cake tester ($5) really comes in handy.
Moving a cake from your turntable onto a cake stand can be pretty nervewracking. Make the job easier with a cake lifter ($10). This extra-wide spatula slides under your cake and makes it easy to move from plate to plate.
Cake and Cupcake Carrier
Baking a cake or a batch of cupcakes? Surely you’re taking them somewhere to share. Invest in a cake carrier ($10)—this one also can carry cupcakes—to transport your goodies safely.