26 Gifts for Cake Bakers
Baking is serious business! Treat your favorite cake connoisseur to one (or more) of these unique gifts for cake bakers.
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Could the holiday season get any sweeter? Yes, it can, when these gifts for cake bakers are in tow. From quality bakeware to gourmet ingredients—and plenty of sweet surprises in between—these are the best gift ideas for anyone with a sweet tooth. (Don’t sleep on Christmas chocolates or cookie delivery options, either!)
To find these top-rated gifts, we scoured the internet, read reviews and consulted Taste of Home editors and Test Kitchen pros. We included items at a variety of price points, and with different levels of practicality.
Our only advice? Grab a sweet treat before jumping in—otherwise you might end up ordering one of everything for yourself!
Blossom KitchenAid Stand Mixer
We’ve seen a lot of KitchenAid designs over the years. And this stunning Blossom mixer might just take the cake as the prettiest one yet. The delicate thyme-green hue, botanical accents and copper bowl make this appliance a dream addition to any baker’s kitchen. Learn more about Blossom and all of its features.
Caraway Bakeware Set
If your favorite cake baker (read: mom and grandma) has been using the same beat-up pans for years, treat her to a new Caraway bakeware set. This 11-piece collection features all of the essentials for making several kinds of cake (as well as other tasty bakes).
It includes two baking sheets, a muffin tin, 13×9 pan, cooling rack, 9×9 pan, loaf tin and two 9-inch circle pans, plus two organizers. And, the nontoxic ceramic surface ensures nothing stands in the way between you and your bakes. Read our Caraway bakeware review for the full scoop.
Make getting the batter into cake pans easier with a batter bowl—essentially a mixing bowl with a spout. This floral pick from The Pioneer Woman has a vintage vibe we adore, and it looks great in retro kitchens. As an added bonus, this is one of those gifts for cake bakers that works for other cooking tasks, too.
Confetti Mini Cake Pan
When you think birthday cake, your mind goes straight to confetti, right? Why not outfit your kitchen with some confetti-covered tools like this mini cake pan. This pan is so cute, we’re tempted to buy a few more things from this line like a mini bar pan, silicone spatula and square baking pan—perfect for these 8×8 pan desserts.
Rainbow Pop-Up Cake Kit
For the baker who’s always itching to try something new, you can’t go wrong with the rainbow pop-up cake kit from Flour Shop. This sweet food gift features an array of tools and ingredients—including cake and frosting mixes, gel food coloring, sprinkles, push pop molds and a pastry bag—for whipping up a dozen colorful treats.
Top-Notch Cocoa Powder
Quality ingredients are always welcome in a baker’s kitchen. Treat your favorite Star Baker to our Test Kitchen’s favorite spendy cocoa powder: Valrhona. It won’t break the bank (a container runs about $14), but it’s not something most bakers splurge on every day.
Want more options? Check out our Test Kitchen’s other favorite cocoa brands.
Personalized Cupcake T-Shirt
We all know that vanilla extract plays a major role in all kinds of cakes from classic yellow cake to deep-dark chocolate sponges. You can take this flavor to the next level—and add some tempting vanilla flecks to your go-to buttercream—with Nielsen-Massey vanilla paste. This gourmet baking ingredient adds a powerful punch of flavor. This makes a great gift for cookie bakers, too!
13×9 Pan with Lid
Layer cakes may get all the oohs and aahs, but let’s not forget how darn delicious a simple 13×9 cake can be! Bake up one of these cakes (this peanut butter chocolate poke cake is a favorite among our editors) in a nonstick pan for easy cleanup. And we love the lid included with this Wilton 13×9 pan. Cover up any leftovers and enjoy them for breakfast.
Fancy Birthday Candles
Scratch-made birthday cakes deserve so much more than a pack of neon candles from the supermarket. These extra-tall, extra-glittery birthday candles are just the way to top off a towering birthday cake.
When making a layer cake, you want each layer to be even for easy stacking. Sure, you could level off the cake with a leveling gadget or eyeball it with a knife, but these cake strips from Wilton are an easy way to get perfect results. When soaked in water and wrapped around cake pans, these strips help bake the cake at a more even temperature which means a more even rise.
Learn all the details about why this tool is a must in our Test Kitchen. It’s one of the most practical gifts for cake bakers you can buy!
All About Cake
Bundt cakes are such satisfying bakes because 1) they taste delicious, and 2) they look stunning without any extra decoration. Gift your favorite baker a pretty pan like this 75th Anniversary Bundt pan from Nordic Ware. If you want to expand your collection further, check out more pretty cake pans.
While you may think of a serrated knife for slicing homemade bread, it’s also a handy tool for cake bakers. A serrated knife is just the tool for leveling cakes before frosting them. This is also the tool you need for cutting into delicate sponges like angel food cake or chiffon cake. (Chefs and grillers will get a lot of use out of this tool, too.)
Custom Recipe Sign
Got a beloved recipe from great-grandma? Or a cake you turn to again and again? Turn this family favorite into a piece of art with a custom recipe sign. Etsy shop Rooted and Built Design will laser engrave your go-to cake onto a wooden card set into a frame. It’s pretty and practical.
You worked too hard on that homemade upside-down cake to serve it on a paper plate. Serve your bakes with style on these detailed dessert plates from Anthropologie. This is a lovely gift for pie bakers, too.
We know that most cake bakers probably have a stand mixer they love at home. But not every job requires the horsepower and heft these gadgets provide. Instead, try a top-notch hand mixer. This hand mixer from Breville is one of our Test Kitchen team’s favorites. The silicone-tipped beaters scrape the bowl as you work, so no need to stop and grab a spatula. It’ll get a lot of use by home cooks when whipping up savory eats, too.
Fancy Sprinkles Set
Take even the most basic cake or cupcake to the next level with this trio of Fancy Sprinkles. The MVP set includes three quality sprinkle blends: Unicorn Barf, Cotton Candy Kiss and Bubble Bath. You could also set up your favorite cake baker with a sprinkle subscription. Sweet! (It’s one of our favorite food of the month clubs, as well.)
Julia Child Cake Server
Julia Child was full of cooking wisdom—and also this party tip which all cake bakers know to be true. Use this emblazoned cake turner often to remind yourself that every occasion deserves a little something sweet.
Mini Bundt Pan
Adorable gifts for cake bakers? Coming right up! You can make individual-sized Bundt cakes with this mini Nordic Ware pan. Stir up your favorite Bundt cake or pound cake batter and bake away. Just be sure to grease this pan like you would any other fluted cake pan.
Taste of Home Ultimate Baking Cookbook
Just like the title says, our Taste of Home baking cookbook is the ultimate gift for bakers. Whether the cake baker on your list wants to learn how to make a Bundt cake or sharpen their cupcake decorating skills, they can learn straight from our experts with this illustrated cookbook.