Mum’s essentials guide to baking

As you all might know from the odd recipe I share on here or my Instagram feed I do love a bit of baking I am still working on the appearance of things (Mary Berry I am not) but it’s a lot of fun the kids love to get involved so today I am teaming up with Nisbets to share with you my mum’s essentials guide to baking some delicious little treats.

Baking Essentials

  • Ok this isn’t an essential but I have been eyeing up one of these kitchen aids for so long I had to put it in the list, these aren’t cheap but if your taking your baking seriously you’ll want one of these.
  • If you aren’t so that fancy (like me) you’ll need a good size mixing bowl and a wooden spoon or 3, if you have children you’ll know they can’t for the life of them share a spoon so make sure they have one each unless you want all out war!
  • Another great idea especially if you are baking with the little ones is a non stick baking mat 1) it’ll save on mess and 2) makes things like rolling out biscuits easier with rather heavy handed children about.
  • Next up measuring I like to use scales and measuring spoons, the spoons make it so much easier rather than guessing what a 1/4 of a tea spoon looks like.
  • Cake tins, muffin trays, baking trays what ever you are baking you’ll need to stick it in something – I prefer using the silicon moulds find them easier to get out and easier to clean after.
  • If I have learnt anything since I started trying out new baking recipes it’s you need to let things cool before you start decorating and I don’t mean for a couple of mins before they can be picked up I mean properly or the icing will just melt off and make a big old mess. As tough as it is to not tuck in to them be patient leave them on the cool rack – the wait will be worth it.
  • Once they are cooled down time for the fun part decorating, this is where my girls love to get involved swirling the icing around and covering them in sprinkles – we usually make cakes and biscuits was they are easy for the kids to get creative with piping bags with different tubes are great fun.

So what do you think to my baking essentials? Any you’d add?

This post was written in collaboration with Nisbets.

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  1. August 15, 2015 / 8:50 am

    I have wanted a kitchen aid for so long!! One day I will get my hands on one! xx

  2. August 16, 2015 / 6:58 am

    We are the same as Rachel, we have a Kitchen Aid, it was a wedding present from hubby’s work, but we rarely use it as the girls all want to mix! #sundaystars
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  3. August 16, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Oh yes please could I have all of these? We have a kitchen aid type thingy which is just as huge and we never use it. It ends up just being cleaned a lot 🙂

  4. August 17, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    All definite baking essentials. I don’t have a kitchen aid brand but a mixer that looks just like one and slightly cheaper! Still need to get myself to home bargains and get that pretty mixing bowl you have! Xx
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  5. August 30, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    I really want a Kitchen Aid. It is every bakers dream and I am completely jealous of anyone who has one. I love a proper old fashioned chunky mixing bowl too. The bigger the better. And I am a massive fan of brightly coloured plastic spatulas. And lots of bowls. I am quite sad and like to lay out all the measured ingredients out in bowls before I start baking. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to comment. I have just moved house and have been without WiFi forever. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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