A well-equipped baking aura is the baker’s best friend either it is the home or restaurant. Anyway, the significant values of the right kitchen tools may include:
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Cake Baking Equipment
Baking equipment is the complete package of baking tools and utensils which are necessary for baking a fantastic cake. Baking must not have to be a complicated task, I know, right? Despite that, the cake baking gadgets make the process simpler and a lot more fun.
Therefore, I’ve summoned up some must-have cake baking equipment and categorized them into three distinct parts. So, don’t leave the chair and proceed further!
Cake Baking Equipment for the Beginners
In this section, I’ll discuss about the must have tools for baking. You’ll need these fundamental apparatuses, especially as a beginner.
1. Mixing Bowls
Firstly, you need a variety of mixing bowls in different shapes and sizes for blending your dry and wet ingredients. There are loads of alternatives to pick, but I’ll advise you to choose the one made with stainless steel. That is to say, you can’t go wrong with stainless steel. Because they’re lightweight, won’t absorb smells from previous bakes and won’t chip if you’re an over-enthusiastic mixer—baking winner.
Price: A set of 3 mixing bowls is priced between £15 and £18.
The wood-perfect measurement is the secret for a perfectly baked cake. For this, you need a scale. To attain light and spongy cakes, you need to use the exact amount of ingredients. So, take out the guesswork by using some good quality kitchen scales. You can get any scale, either digital or analogue. To clarify, with a digital scale, you can measure even small amounts accurately, whereas mechanical scales are inexpensive and straightforward to use.
Price: The price of kitchen scales vary widely depending on the quality and company. Typically the cost of the digital and analogue scale may be in the range of £8-£28.
A whisk is a utensil which can be used to mix ingredients to give it a smooth texture by incorporating air into the mixture. The process is known as whisking or whipping. However, as a baker, you’ll commonly use it to whip egg whites into a firm foam to make the meringue and to whip cream into whipped cream.
Nearly all whisks consist of a long, narrow handle with an array of wire loops connected at the end. The wires are usually metal, but some are plastic for use with nonstick cookware.
Price: £3-£4 per item
4. Hand Mixer
Whether you’re whipping cream, beating eggs or creaming butter and sugar, a hand mixer will save your time. Clearly, it is less expensive and smaller than a stand mixer. If you’re on a limited budget or short for space, you can easily go for it. Additionally, it will give your hand a bit of relaxation.
Price: Hand mixer with 7 accessories and 9-speed levels may typically cost £108.
5. Measuring Cups and Spoon
I urge you to invest in a set of measuring cups and spoon as you can use these for just about everything. Also, if you deplete a little more money on a great set, it’ll keep you aroused to continue using them and bake all the time. As per me, I love stainless. That is to say, other varieties are less durable and tend to dent, which looks cool but can affect the measured amounts and throw off your recipes.
Price: Stainless Steel Set (12 pcs)- around £30
Plastic Set (8 pcs)- around £12
Some cake bakers don’t catch the facts of using a sieve, so they let it slide. But it allows you to sift the ingredients gingerly. So I want you to buy one, trust me you won’t regret buying it.
Price: £2-3 each
7. Rolling pin
I wonder, how can you make pastry without having something to roll it with! I mean, for pies or tarts, you need a quality rolling pin to make your pastry thin and even – something you won’t achieve with an empty glass or bottle. Which type should you use?
- Wooden: If you’re a beginner in baking, give the classic wooden rolling pin a go. By the way, don’t forget to sprinkle some flour over it before rolling.
Price: £7.95 – £37.99
- Non-stick: Though metal rolling pins are more expensive than wooden ones, they prevent dough from sticking. For instance, polyethylene rolling pins are ideal for rolling out marzipan or fondant icing.
Price: £7.11 – £20.32
8. Silicone Baking Mat
The best way to avoid your cupcakes sticking to the pan is with a silicone baking mat. It keeps your pans nice and intact, as well as eases the cleanup procedures! However, you can also use parchment paper.
While baking cake, we always want to get all the cake mix out of the bowl, right? It would be fun if you had a rubber spatula which will rub the bowl’s nooks and crannies. Additionally, while baking, a rubber spatula can go places where a wooden spoon can’t even reach. Also, you can use it for smoothing icing on to a cake.
10. Baking trays and tins
As a cake baker, you’ll know the frustration of getting perfect cake stuck to the tin. Never again lose the side of your sponge to a stubborn container with non-stick carbon steel bakeware. Cakes slip out easily. Plus they help to ensure even baking, rapid cooling and are easy to clean.
Price: There are plenty of sizes and qualities. Typically, a 9 inch nonstick round tin may cost £5.00 and 30cm nonstick tray may cost £3.00.
Cake Baking Equipment for Business
Apart from the basic tools, if you want to start a commercial bakery, you must acquire the following cake baking equipment.
Oven, the tool which is the heart of cake baking. If there is no oven, I’m afraid; maybe there will be no commercial baking!
Anyway, you’ll have plenty of options available to you when deciding what type of oven to purchase. However, you can choose one of the following kind.
It is one of the run-of-the-mill types of commercial bakery equipment. That is, convection ovens do a great job as they can quickly and evenly bake a range of products, from bread to cookies to cakes, pies, and brownies. Also, they are less expensive.
On the other hand, if you are thinking of artisan or specific style baking business, you can prefer a deck oven. It has stone cooking decks that heat up and give the crust a distinctive, crispy character. Also, they’ll aid you to maintain a soft and moist inside. But it takes up a comparatively large space.
Roll-in Rack Oven
In it, you can rotate a pan rack full of goods right into the oven for baking. Moreover, some models will grab the pan rack and wheel them during the baking process for consistent results. The benefit of this style is time and labour savings, as there is less product handling.
It has large revolving trays with which you can load the products. Additionally, the revolving oven has a very high capacity and output capability but also quite expensive.
Pro Tip: Always remember that no matter what type of oven you end up installing, you’ll almost always need it under a ventilation hood.
2. Commercial Mixer
Commercial planetary mixers have a dizzying variety of sizes, from small 5 qt countertop models to 100+ qt floor units. Most medium to large size bakeries will have several large floor units. However, you also might get benefit from the portable nature of a countertop unit, with which it can mix up small batches of icing or fillings quickly and easily.
3. Cake Dividers and Cutters
To get the perfect slice every time, you need a specialty cake dividers or markers for your commercial kitchen. These bakery utensils are made from durable stainless steel and great for evenly cutting pies, cheesecakes, cakes, and more. Whether you’re cutting directly for the plate or stocking your bakery’s display case, these are a must-have for even slices. Also, you can reserve levellers for making layered cakes or filled cakes, cutters with varying portions for slim to generous slices.
Price: The price range varies from £11 to £21.
For assuring consistent results and maintaining baking schedules, proofing equipment is used. It handles the speed and qualities of fermentation. In short, dough proofer is a warming chamber used in baking that encourages fermentation of dough by yeast through warm temperatures and controlled humidity. As a result, the high temperatures increase the activity of the yeast, resulting in increased carbon dioxide production and a higher, faster rise.
5. Infrared Temperature Gun
You know what? Measuring the perfect temperature is the most crucial task for making the best cake. Any ups and downs in temperature, your cake can be ruined completely!
For this, the infrared temperature gun is a great tool to measure the temperature of baked food, boiling sugar melted chocolate, etc. without having to penetrate them or even making any contact at all. With the help of it, you can be more precise in measuring temperature.
Price: Generally, the cost of an infrared temperature gun may be in between £19.99-£52.99.
6. Cooling Rack
Cooling Racks are great for allowing your freshly baked cakes to cool until they are ready to serve or store. However, you’ll find that cooling racks are available in multiple sizes and shapes. Round cooling racks are designed for cooling round cake layers. On the other hand, rectangular frames offer the most flexibility, as you can use them for cake layers as well as pastries and muffins. Moreover, they’re the perfect tool to help with adding a glaze or additional wet topping to baked goods.
Price: Though there is a huge variation in price according to size, design, material and quality, the price starts from £6.99.
7. Display Cases
If you are aspiring for a large retail component in your cake bakery, you’ll want to consider what types of bakery display cases you will need. However, you can choose both refrigerated and non-refrigerated styles, depending on the kind of products you plan on selling.
Price: The price will vary as per your demand and dimension but a medium-sized display case may cost £700 to £900.
Equipment for Decoration
The plain cake can sometimes look and taste boring! To create a cute cake and attract the customers, you have to be a pro in decorating, and the following tools will make your path easier.
1. Piping Bags and nozzles
Piping bags are the most indispensable part of cake decorating that are available in a range of sizes, styles, and materials. Besides, you can choose a disposable plastic piping bag, reusable, or silicone piping bag for your decoration purpose. Among them, silicone piping bags are popular as they are reusable, practical, flexible, lightweight, portable, and durable.
On the other hand, to design borders and other extra details, you can use piping tips of various shapes and sizes. These small cones are configured to produce different designs when icing is squeezed through them. Anyway, some standard shapes of nozzles are:
Price: Usually a set with 10 piping bags and 4 nozzles may cost you £3.50 but the price will vary according to company and sizes.
2. Cake Edge Decorating Set
You need to have a cake edge decorating set if you desire for a perfect cake with an eye-catchy decoration. You can use comb scrappers to honour your cakes, with different gear shapes, you can create a variety of different cake styles.
Price: On average, the price is about £8.99 per set, yet the cost may vary as per the size and shape.
3. Icing Smoother
4. Bundt Cake Tin
I know you are a keen baker. Therefore, you should invest in a bundt cake tin also so that you can make showstopping cakes with ease using the right mould.
Price: High-quality bundt cake tin is a bit expensive and may cost you averagely £40 each.
5. Cake Leveller
To achieve a smooth and professional finishing on your iced cakes, a neatly levelled cake is an essential foundation. Using a cake leveller is a quick and easy way to balance your cakes in comparison to using a bread knife.
Price: The price range is vast, depending on the function, it can be as cheap as £1.83 and as high as £324.96. Choose the cake leveller you need wisely.
5. Cake Decorating Turntable
The turntable is a professional revolving cake stand with a flat working surface for decorating cakes and other pastry. You can also use it in building cakes. Besides, it can be turned, left or right, as needed to finish decorating the item. However, cake turntables are used both in the production of the pastry item and in finishing.
6. Palette Knife
A frosting spatula or palette knife is a kitchen utensil designed especially for the use of spreading frosting onto a cake surface. It has flexible yet sturdy blades. Also, the angled shape helps with frosting, smoothing and levelling. Try to buy a set of palette knife so that you have the desired size and shape in your hand.
Price: Though the price depends on the quality and size of the product, it may vary between £7 and £13.
7. Pastry brush
You may need a pastry brush for adding egg white coating or any other glaze to your cake. Indeed, it is an excellent tool to have a room in a baker’s kitchen!
Throughout the blog, I tried to cover all the essential cake baking equipment that you need as a novice and as well as a commercial baker. Also, I’ve listed some decorating tools to make your cake look even better! I hope the blog will assist you in achieving sweet success.
However, thank you for staying with me this long, and I believe that this blog will serve your needs. So, what are you waiting for? Whisk your way out with these accessories and bake the world a better place!