Baking Kit List

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

A few bits and pieces I would recommend that will make baking with smalls that bit easier and reduce the mess. You can click on the pics to buy, but you can also get similar items in most supermarkets, pound shops and kitchen stores. They don't have to be expensive bit of kit. Places like Morrisons and Wilko often have surprisingly good baking kit.

Beginner's Kit

The essential bits you need to get started if you are totally new to baking and your kit cupboard is bare.

Set of mixing bowls. Of course, you can use any bowls, Tupperware, pans, receptacle of your choice. I keep almost all plastic food containers and wash them out to use for holding ingredients and sprinkles. They key is having a few things that are big enough to hold several ingredients of a bake at once and are nice and wide for your small one to scoop things out of or in to. Bowls that nest like these are also a bonus as they take up less room in your cupboard.

Spoon Measures. Almost every recipe you use will have measurements in teaspoons and tablespoons. Often these are the of the most crucial ingredients like baking powder or bicarbonate of soda. Wrong amounts of these are often responsible for baking disasters. The easiest and most accurate way to measure is a set of spoon measures. I find the stainless steel ones more hard wearing and we also like to use them in imaginative play, water play and in sand and rice.

High sided scoops. Much like the kind you get at the pick & mix counter. Often they're sold as pet food scoops! I found ours in out local kitchen shop, but they're pretty easy to come across. If your little one likes to scoop and pour the ingredients, a set of these will let them add ingredients to the bowl with much less mess that a spoon. I use ours for all sorts. They're great for sensory and water play too.

Measuring cup set. It used to be that these were only useful if you had American recipe books where, but this way of weighing out is more common these days. Lots of easily googled recipes etc. If you have a little one who does like to measure out, then letting them scoop the right number of cups from a big bowl of one ingredient is much easier and less messy than trying to weigh up the old fashioned way and still good for numeracy.

A set of basic biscuit cutters. These fluted scone cutters are brilliantly multi-functional. The frilly side can used to make pretty biscuits, flower shapes, lion heads, curly haired face biscuits and more. Turn them upside down and use the straight edge for circles, wheels, balloons, faces. the list is endless. These will cut fondant icing too, obviously can make scones, be used with play-dough for pretend baking and also great for colour sorting games!

An old baby bottle is great for pre measuring liquids. It's easy for a small hand to hold and tip into a bowl. Less spillage than with a jug.

A basic set of cake pans and baking trays. The key to not getting overwhelmed when baking with smalls is not over baking. Your family isn't going to eat 24 cupcakes or a 25cm cake in one weekend. Keep it small. Keep it simple. 15cm cake pans are big enough for a nice Victoria Sponge or a three tier party cake. Buy springform. The clasp on the side makes cakes super easy to get out.

A good non stick baking tray. Essential for biscuit baking. Always line with greaseproof despite the non stick.

A 12 hole muffin tin. Deep enough to make

American sized cupcakes in muffin cases, but can also be used for more tradition fairy buns, Yorkshire puddings (so easy to do with smalls) and mini cakes. I don't often buy branded baking kit, as often you are simply paying for the name, but I've found these Wilton trays the easiest to clean, so I think they're worth a few more pennies.

A selection of cake cases.There are different sizes of cake case. Classic fairy bun (baking cups), 'buffin' (cupcake and muffin. Most modern cupcakes are baked in muffin cases. They are deep cases. Personally, I've never seen a toddler or little one finish anything this size and it's mostly icing. I like a nostalgic fairy bun for anything that's not a show piece. Buying in bulk is by far the cheapest way to buy these and having a range of colours in stock means you will always have something to match any theme you might have.

These are also brilliant for imaginative play set ups. Use them for scooping and filling with beans, beads or seeds. Use them in your play kitchen. Use them for colour sorting or even crafting. They make very cute lolly stick flowers. Don't forget to download your free fairy cake recipe card from the bottom of my homepage here and check out my quickest cupcake recipe and easy icing.

Intermediate Kit

You've got the baking bug and do it regularly enough now that spending a little bit more to make it easier still sounds like a good idea.

Silicone Mat

I first bought one of these for fondant icing work, but it's proved invaluable for baking with the smalls. Nothing sticks to it, which makes cleaning up a breeze. I use this for rolling out biscuits, scone dough - even play dough!

A wire cooling rack. Putting cakes or biscuits on one of these to cool will speed the process up and make sure the bakes taste better as they will cool as evening as they cook. But you can, of course, just put things on a chopping board. See my post of top tips for less stressful baking for ideas about cutting down the time it takes to bake.

An Icing Sugar Sifter.

There's no bake that can't be improved by a quick sprinkling of icing sugar, and this is an easy way to do that and smalls will love making it snow! These are also handy for using with cake stencils to give an easy professional finish to a simple cake.

Cake Stencils

The easiest way to finish a cake. Place on top of the cake, sift over some icing sugar or cocoa powder and lift off. Voila. You can also make your own bespoke stencilS quite easily. See my Victoria Sponge post for more details.

Tuff Tray. If you don't already have one of these for imaginative and sensory play, they're a good investment for baking too. Setting up a bake on a Tuff Tray means little ones can access ingredients from all angles, sit or lie in the tray and get as close as possible to the mixing bowl. This all gives them more independence and control. Even better, the rimmed tray catches all the mess and you can easily sweep it up with a dustpan and brush at the end.

Ice cream scoop. If you like making cupcakes and fairy buns then this is a really useful piece of kit for splodging mixture into cases. It will give you level cupcakes and reduce drippy mess. If you make a lot of these then a set like this with varying sizes can be useful for not a lot extra.