19 Essential Cake Supplies Every Home Cook Needs
The star of any party is always the cake. Be prepared to make a showstopper for any occasion with a good collection of cake supplies. Check out our favorite tools.
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Whether you’re just getting started with some easy cake recipes or are a star baker who loves to make gorgeous multi-layer cakes, you’ll need a few cake supplies to make these desserts. A few basics like good pans and spatulas can get you far with any recipe you choose. Check out our cake-making must-haves.
If you’re just starting out baking, let a 13×9 be your first cake supplies purchase. You can bake up so many tasty and simple 13×9 cake recipes in one. While there are lots of pretty pans to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a basic aluminum one ($24) that will last for ages.
Round Cake Pans
Layer cakes are the pride and joy of many bakers. Be sure to stock up on enough round cake pans to make baking up these beauties a bit easier. Start with a pack of two from Taste of Home’s new bakeware line ($24) and go from there.
Feeding a crowd? Try a simple but tasty sheet cake. Since you’ll be turning to these recipes again and again, you’ll want a good sheet pan. This one from Nordic Ware ($19) is our Test Kitchen’s favorite.
Serious cake bakers and decorators will never regret adding a decorating turntable ($29) to their collection of cake supplies. This lazy Susan-like tool allows you to spin your layered cakes to help achieve even layers of icing and beautiful finishes. It makes decorating even a simple cake such a breeze.
For an impressive-looking cake without all the fuss, grab an elegant Bundt pan ($38). The gorgeous designs give your cakes all the decoration they need, though a dusting of powdered sugar never hurts.
Cake Pan Spray
If your cakes are prone to sticking, a specialty cake spray ($15) is the way to go. This brand has flour included in the spray and works on even the most intricate nooks and crannies.
Cake Pan Wraps
Dedicated bakers swear by these cake pan wraps ($11). They help you bake up nice and level cake rounds for easier stacking. Just give them a quick soak in water and wrap them around your pans before baking. They’ll keep the outsides of the pans from getting too hot and the edges of your cake from baking too quickly.
Whether you’re frosting a sheet cake, layer cake or cupcakes, you’ll want to have an offset spatula at the ready. We recommend grabbing a few sizes to suit whatever size bake you’re frosting. Try this set of three ($20) at home.
Parchment Baking Cups
These cute paper liners ($5) give bakers the best of both worlds: Your cupcakes will pop out of each cup with ease and your baking pan will be simple to clean.
Mini Cupcake Pan
Piping Bags and Tips
If you want to go above and beyond with your decorating, invest in a few simple cake supplies. Piping bags and a few pastry tips ($42) can really give your bakes that professional touch. Really serious about decorating? Check out these frosting tools.
Don’t spill a drop of your precious cake batter. Thanks to its handy spout, this easy-pour batter bowl ($20) makes transferring a breeze. Plus, it’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
To level off the top of a cake or to split a layer into two, you can rely on a good eye, a steady hand and a serrated knife. For those that don’t want to risk uneven layers, rely on a cake leveler ($10). It’ll help you get even layers every time.
Yes, you can absolutely test the doneness of your cake with a toothpick. However, if you’re baking a thicker cake like a Bundt, you’ll struggle to hit the center of the cake with a small toothpick. That’s where a cake tester ($9) really comes in handy.
Moving a cake from your turntable onto a cake stand can be pretty nerve-wracking. Make the job easier with a cake lifter ($10). This extra-wide spatula slides under your cake and makes it easy to move from plate to plate.
Cake and Cupcake Carrier
Baking a cake or a batch of cupcakes? Surely you’re taking them somewhere to share. Invest in a cake carrier ($10)—this one also can carry cupcakes—to transport your goodies safely.