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Are you stuck what to get the baker in your life? Or are you putting together a little wish list of your own? Well this Baking Essentials Gift Guide is a little special as I have scoured the internet to find the best deals on all your baking essentials. Everything is priced under £10, meaning that these gifts are perfect for a Secret Santa or a stocking filler.
That's not all, I've also thrown in a bonus gift guide if your passion is really in baking yummy layer cakes. Have a look below, you are sure to find exactly the gift you need.
- DENIM APRON
When I was working on the cake stall I would always get comments on my denim apron. The good news is that I've found this denim apron at an amazing price. And it's just as stylish.
- BALLOON WHISK
An indispensable item in baking. I use a balloon whisk from everything to custards to beating eggs to whipping up double cream. You really can't go wrong with this Oxo Good Grips Balloon Whisk.
- MUFFIN WRAP
Do you want your muffins to look as good as the ones from the bakery? Then grab these gold patterned muffin wraps.
- SILICONE SPATULAS
If you're making caramel, chocolate, buttercream or scraping out bowls and jars then these silicone spatulas are the only utensils that will get the job done properly.
- GOOD QUALITY EXTRACTS
Nielsen-Massey make excellent extracts. Choose from Almond Extract or Vanilla Extract or even Lemon Extract.
- SILICONE PASTRY BRUSH
Since I turned to silicone pastry brushes I've never looked back. They are dishwasher proof, clean up really well and last an age. I love this Zeal Silicone Pastry Brush in Mustard.
- ELECTRONIC SCALES
I was taught to bake in weights rather than volume measurements and I really know no other way. It's reliable, accurate and these excellent scales are under £10. For more reasons why you should make the switch take a look at my post on why you should weigh ingredients rather than measure with cups.
- OVEN GLOVES
It's important to have a lovely pair when you're pulling your pies and cakes out of the oven and these do just the trick.
- COOKIE CUTTERS
These cookie cutters are great because you can choose the fluted or plain edge to your cookies. Although the most common use for these cookie cutters in my kitchen are for the perfect shaped scones.
- PIE TIN
This pie tin is brilliant because the perforations mean a perfectly baked pastry base. No soggy bottoms here.
- METAL MIXING BOWL
Metal mixing bowls are the best choice. They are light, easy to clean and keep your ingredients cool as you are mixing them. Plus they don't retain odour and can stack really easily. I have them in a variety of sizes.
- MAGNETIC MEASURING SPOONS
There are no pesky metal rings keeping these measuring spoons together, they stick with magnets. So much easier to store, use and clean. Plus the double sided measures here mean you can measure both liquid and dry ingredients without a wash in between.
BONUS GIFT GUIDE: Essentials For Cake Bakers
And now for that bonus Baking Essentials Gift Guide I promised you. The below guide is for the cake obsessed. You know, the friend who can't stop bringing delicious layer cakes into work. The guide includes all the basics for making and decorating beautiful cakes, plus everything is under £10.
- CAKE LEVELLER
A cake leveller is something you don't know you need until you have one. It can even off the domed tops of your sponges creating a perfectly flat layer for decorating so you can avoid wonky cakes. It also can split a sponge in half, creating thinner layers for your sponges.
- OFFSET SPATULAS
Absolutely essential when decorating your cake with buttercream. These offset spatulas allow you to create beautifully smooth or rustic swirls of icing around your cake. The range of sizes mean you can really achieve perfection.
- DECORATING TURNTABLE
The ability to spin your cake around as you are decorating it is so useful when decorating your cake. This decorating turntable is basic but does just the job.
- ANODISED ALUMINIUM CAKE TIN
The silver light metal of these Anodised Aluminium Cake Tins conducts heat evenly meaning your cakes are perfect every time. Your cakes will slip out of their tins no problem. However, you must always handwash. They come in all range of sizes but the 8 inch round x 4 inch deep ones are my go-to.
- CAKE BOARDS
For the longest time we could only get foil cake boards in the UK which are great at not sticking to your cake but don't always look exactly as you need them to. These white card boards are perfect for placing your cake on. They look innocuous and a little bit rustic.
- CAKE SMOOTHER/SCRAPER
For achieving perfectly smooth buttercream edges then you need a cake smoother/scraper.
- BASIC PIPING TIPS
This set is the really the only piping set you need. I usually stick to these four tips for creating stars, swirls, ruffles, buttercream flowers. They do everything you need them to.
- DISPOSABLE PIPING BAGS
I like disposable piping bags and these ones are heavy duty, easier to use than cloth bags and fit all kinds of piping tips.
- RELEASE SPRAY
Investing in release spray means you are not coating your cake tins with lumpy butter or too greasy oil. This spray is slightly over your £10 budget but it's brilliant as it gives a very light mist which doesn't affect your cakes at all. Invaluable for bundt cakes.
Please note, all prices were under £10 at the time of writing!