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This list of the best baking tools that every kitchen needs is a great starting point! Broken down into must-haves and wants, this list will prepare you to bake any recipe!

If you’re just starting out building your kitchen tools, you may be wondering where to start, or maybe you’re shopping for a Christmas gift or wedding gift. I’ve compiled this list of items and grouped them in order of importance to help you know what your kitchen needs!

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Best Baking Tools every kitchen needs:


In order to start your baking off right, you need to at least have a few basic pans: cake pans, muffin tins, rectangular pans. The basics will allow you to make a majority of the items on my site. If you have extra room or budget, work off the second list of extras too.


  • 9×13-inch pan
  • Cookie sheets (several)
  • 9-inch round cake pans (2)
  • 9-inch square pan
  • Pie plates
  • Muffin pan (2)


  • 8-inch round cake pans (2)
  • 8-inch square pan
  • Cast-iron pan
  • Pizza Pan
  • Springform Pan (10-inch or 12-inch)
  • Mini Muffin Pan
  • Cake Roll Pan

Small Appliances

While you can do everything by hand, some small appliances will come in handy when making most recipes. A hand mixer is the #1 most important tool in my kitchen!



Basic Tools

There are some basic tools you need to have for baking, like measuring spoons or cups. There are also some optional yet amazing products, like spatulas and peanut butter measuring cups, if you have the extra budget and room.



  • Silpat baking mats
  • Parchment paper
  • Offset spatulas
  • Roul’Pat
  • Pie Crust Shield
  • Microplane
  • Peanut Butter measuring Cup

Have questions about baking? Check out my Baking FAQ!

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Dorothy Kern

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  1. I’ve looked thru your FAQ but don’t see the hand mixer that you use to mix cake batter. The machine fits in the palm of your hand. Looked everywhere for this item. Can you you share the info on this small mixer?

  2. I’m viewing your site with a smile. I’ve been baking since I was 21.. I’ve owned a shop where I used formulas from the 1930’s and 40’s converting them to a more modern style. My shop was a complete scratch operation. The only product I purchased was jelly for donuts, the rest was ingredients. Currently, I’ve been forced into retirement, but I still bake for me: brownies, cookies, pies and cakes.

  3. I have started baking and decorating as I’m still practicing im different nozzles and flower cutters. I’m enjoying every minutes. Also I need ideas to make flowers instead of buying too many cutters.