Hosting 102: Beginner Baking Essentials

dessertI absolutely love to bake. And anyone who knows me knows I absolutely agree with the quote on the spatula to the left. I started baking a loooong time before I started cooking. The only problem is that when I bake, I like to sample the goods – not a good since I’m trying to eat healthier.  I eat a piece or two (maybe 3 – depending on whether I bake on the weekend or a weekday) 😦 and then take the rest to work or church so that I can get them out of my house. My friend (the same one who asked for the party post) asked me to post a list of baking essentials. She said she was sure she wasn’t the only person who didn’t have a clue where to begin when it came to baking.   Below, you will find a list of what I believe to the essentials tools for “beginner” baking. 🙂 You could probably get away with not having some of these items, but life in the kitchen will be easier if you have them. You can go to Home GoodsBed, Bath and Beyond (don’t forget your coupons, even if they are expired) or Target (make sure to use your Red Card for the 5% discount and bring your own bags for an additional discount) to get most of these items rather inexpensively. Without further ado, here is my list:

  • Measuring Cups – Plastic or metal for dry goods (ex. flour) and plastic or glass for liquids (If you only want to buy 1 set, a quality set of plastic will suffice.)
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spatulas – silicone and metal
  • Mixing Spoons – metal, wooden or plastic (I prefer metal or silicone.)
  • Mixing Bowls in graduated sizes – helps with recipe preparation
  • A hand whisk
  • Bakeware
    • 9×13 pan with cover for brownies or 1/4 sized sheet cakes
    • a 12 muffin pan for muffins or cupcakes (You will find that you need 2 of these if you want to make cupcakes. This way you don’t have to wait for the 1st dozen to get done before baking the second dozen.)
    • Baking sheet
    • Loaf pan – for banana nut bread or small cakes a la Sara Lee in the frozen section
    • 2  – 8inch or 9 inch round cake pans for layer cakes
  • Oven Mitts – at least two (or dish cloths will work, just make sure they aren’t wet – the heat goes right through).
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Kitchen Scissors – these work well for cutting fat off of meat too.
  • A set of glass or metal bowls with lids
  • Immersion blender (less expensive than a hand held mixer or a stand alone mixer)
  • Wax paper and foil paper

Just think, you can bake dessert for your next gathering! 🙂

Happy baking, 



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