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So you want to get into baking

Knead, roll, and mix away all your problems.

Illustration Sharon Gong
December 21, 2017

I bake when I need to feel zen. It’s hard to stay angry at the world when you’re kneading the hell out of some dough, and it’s even harder when said dough is rising in the oven, filling your apartment with sweet smells of home. Learning how to make cakes and cookies teaches you patience, precision, and organization, and it’s one of the most absorbing tasks you can do. Most of all, the results taste great. Here’s some tools to invest in if you feel like getting into it in 2018.

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ZING! electronic scales

Literally the first thing you need

Before you can do anything at all, you need to make sure you’ve got the right amount of each ingredient. Perhaps, if you happen to be actual Mary Berry, you can just guess how much flour or butter you need by eye. For us mere mortals, these digital scales are the best at precision measuring.

$60.65 on Amazon

Designer brand rolling pins

Because your baked goods are worth it

What’s more luxurious than rolling yourself a nice slab of dough, ready to bake into cookies? Rolling yourself a slab of Dior-embossed dough, obviously.

$8.79 on Etsy

Silpat premium non-stick silicone baking mat

For the slickest baking experience

In baking, the holy grail is getting stuff to stop sticking to other stuff. Silpat is the best when it comes to mats that will bake your cookies evenly, and let them slide right out the oven without crumbling to bits.

$23.99 on Amazon

OXO good grips adjustable measuring cup

Make accuracy simple

Ever been elbow-deep in flour and whacked your head on the inside of a cupboard while searching for that specific tiny measuring spoon you need to weigh up the next ingredient in your recipe? Well, you don’t need to suffer any more: get one of these adjustable cups. It saves money, cupboard space, and head sores.

$11.99 on Amazon

Bakelicious crispy corner brownie pan

Live life on the edge

Some people are really into the edges of brownies: the firm, chewy crust that forms around the outside of the pan. So into it, in fact, that a kind soul invented this pan in which the whole brownie is the edge of the brownie. Indulge yourself.

$23.04 on Amazon

KitchenAid 5-speed ultra-power hand mixer

Because sometimes your arm gets tired

If you’ve been baking for a little while and you think you’re ready to step up your game (or you’re just really tired of mixing everything by hand for like, an hour) then treat yourself to one of these mixers. They’re among the most affordable hand mixers on the market, have five speed settings, and come in cute colors like “majestic yellow” and “hot sauce.”

$39.95 on Amazon

Custom cookie cutter of your face

It’s actually your face!!!

Why just make a plain old regular degular round cookie, when you could make one that’s literally your face?

$30.08 on Etsy

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