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Teenage baker- what to buy??

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IheartNiles Sun 19-Nov-17 16:36:01

DD is into baking cakes and bread and frustrated with my very limited range of equipment (I don't bake).

Any bakers among you who can steer me in the right direction? Also any good books that don't require 4 million ingredients?


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 19-Nov-17 17:32:44

Some decent cake tins - 2 sandwich tins, a 12 hole fairy cake tin and a loaf tin

Pretty bun cases and various sprinkly things for decorating - plus chocolate chips, glace cherries, food colouring

Seeds, maybe sub dried tomatoes and olives if she likes them, to mix into bread

Cocoa for chocolate cakes

Can you still buy Bero books? They are the absolute best for learning to bake.

Fekko Sun 19-Nov-17 17:33:21

Chefs white jacket!

Snausage Sun 19-Nov-17 17:36:46

Ooh, there are so many things you could get! Book-wise, you can't go wrong with Lorraine Pascale's Baking Made Easy and How To Bake by Paul Hollywood. You could also think of the following things:

A stand mixer
A large mixing bowl which you could put bits in (sieve, wooden spoons, pastry cutters, electronic scales, baking beans, vanilla bean paste)
A nice bundt tin
A high-sided, loose-bottomed baking tin
Sandwich tins
Loaf tin
A nice apron (Laura Ashley or Cath Kidston?)

The possibilities are endless!

MuddlingThroughLife Sun 19-Nov-17 18:50:01

I bought one of these (from Amazon though) for dd1 when she was in to baking.!49!3!233587426254!!!g!52001538887!&ef_id=Wfx_KwAAAHP1p3CP:20171119184901:s

Ginmakesitallok Sun 19-Nov-17 18:54:24

I bought this yesterday and love it - but can't get link to work grrrrrrr

IheartNiles Sun 19-Nov-17 20:47:24

Thanks all- most helpful!

bruffin Sun 19-Nov-17 20:49:07

A bundt cake tin and a book called Kiss my Bundt (american but available on amazon)

twofloorsup Sun 19-Nov-17 20:54:39

I bought my DIL some patterned rolling pins, a good recipe book, some oven gloves, a cake icing turntable and some cookie cutters.

jhibb Mon 20-Nov-17 14:13:24

If you don't have one an electric mixer one of those, sandwich tins, cupcake tin, look at Lakeland for parchment paper circles in the sizes of your tins. I like Nigella's How to be a domestic goddess as a great starter book. Also a decent set of baking scales that measure liquids too, can't go wrong with Salter Aquatronic ones. Piping bags and basic tips, star shape and circle are good to start. Silicon spatula for scraping out bowl - good selection of pyrex bowls to mix in, pyrex measuring jug. Also a set of cup measures for american recipes and a set of measuring spoons.

TeenTimesTwo Mon 20-Nov-17 14:27:16

Might be too basic for yours, but I've got DD2 a 'Baked-In' gift subscription whereby they send you dry ingredients and a recipe card monthly. They also sell the required tins as a set.

IheartNiles Tue 21-Nov-17 08:27:28

Wow thanks all, am going to get buying. TeenTimesTwo thanks- DD will love that subscription.

whimsical1975 Tue 21-Nov-17 09:54:15

This list looks very helpful in terms of must-have baking equipment!!

Wh0KnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Tue 21-Nov-17 11:46:14

Palette knife, pastry brush, silicone sheet for rolling on (marked with round sizes, Lakeland), non-stick baking tray liners, pre-cut baking parchment discs and loaf tin liners, foil backed baking parchment.

BewareOfTheToddler Wed 22-Nov-17 20:30:13

The things that I use most often are:

8 inch sandwich tins
2 lb loaf tin
8 and 9 inch square tins (great for brownies)
Muffin tin - good for cupcakes as well
Electric hand mixer - good if kitchen space is limited
Silicone spatulas and brush

The things I've indulged myself in this year include a mini Bundt tin, a proper Bundt tin (birthday present) and additional spatulas. I love my cake stand too!

The books I bake from most often are Nigella (Domestic Goddess, Feast, Kitchen) and Rachel Allen (Baking). Dan Lepard is good for more advanced stuff.

If she's interested in icing, the Biscuiteers book is brilliant and you can find the kit online.

jocktamsonsbairn Wed 22-Nov-17 20:46:02

As dm to a very keen teenage baker I say yes to the electric mixer, tins, cases etc but no to the books. My dd sneered when I suggested buying a lovely cookery book fir fine editing! Do t I know that you just google re pies these days?!!! She had loads of lovely recipes books but does actually just google what she fancies baking.
I gave her vouchers for a cake decorating course which she loved and some really good scales as mine are ancient and not very accurate! The Jane Asher range in the £1 shop is great for stocking fillers, cake liners etc. Amazon is good for Wee decorating tools. Also if there is a good bake or cook shop near you you could get her done vouchers.

Jenijena Wed 22-Nov-17 20:48:45

Some proper food dyes? Have a look at Lakeland.

OlennasWimple Wed 22-Nov-17 20:51:09

Mary Berry cook book

Good tins, as pp say. I use sandwich tins, two muffin tins, a square tin and a loaf tin for jsut about everything. TK Maxx often have great stuff in their homeware section

Decent tins for storing cakes

Rolling pin, wooden spoons, silicon spatula, measuring cups

Plasticgold Wed 22-Nov-17 20:54:46

A big Mason Cash mixing bowl.

Paul Hollywood- How To Bake

A decent loaf tin, loose bottom cake tins, a wooden spoon that won't be used for anything else, a cake tester.

MrsHathaway Fri 24-Nov-17 10:20:18

Saw this Amazon lightning deal and thought of this thread: it's a fondant cutting set. I have one similar and am very pleased with it.

Tinselistacky Fri 24-Nov-17 10:21:49

Aldi have some great cookware stuff in!! Silicone sets for £4 and some retro shakers!!

Singadream Fri 24-Nov-17 11:37:03

I was going to say a mason cash bowl too but they do break when you drop them as I have found out twice!

AtleastitsnotMonday Fri 24-Nov-17 20:15:45

I think it’s nice to expand beyond Cakes, so maybe baking beans or a book on basics of bread.

extinctspecies Fri 24-Nov-17 20:20:00

Icing bag & nozzles.

extinctspecies Fri 24-Nov-17 20:20:52

Agree no recipe books - my kids just google the recipes they want to make.

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