34 Kitchen Products To Help You Bake More In 2021
The Great British Bake Off inspired us all in 2020. Let’s make Paul Hollywood proud in 2021.
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A five-piece nonstick bakeware set from Rachael Ray’s collection so you can cake it up with the best of them! This set includes a cookie sheet, a cake pan, a loaf pan, and two round cake pans all made from durable carbon steel that won’t warp when you bake!
Promising review: “I was very impressed with this set! I was expecting great quality because of course, this is Rachael Ray, but this quality is just wild! I absolutely love this bakeware set!” —Alykat1991
Get it from Macy’s for $49.99 (originally $100).
A dough cutter and bowl scraper set to help you effortlessly divide dough and scoop it from one surface to another.
Promising review: “I’m new to baking, but I’m a long-time experienced cook. My daughter told me a scraper was a must-have, and I totally agree. The bowl scraper is a thermoplastic so it is flexible enough to lift dough out of a bowl. The metal bench scrape is wonderful, too. The two slide into each other for ease of storage. I do love it. I would definitely buy it again and recommend it.” —Sparks
Get it from Amazon for $9.58.
The Great British Baking Show: Love to Bake — With recipes by renowned bakers Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and even former contestants, this cookbook will help you on your journey towards becoming star baker. Try your hand at an ombre cake, chai crackle cookies, or rainbow bagels!
Get it from Target for $30 or from Amazon for $9.99+.
A set of two stainless-steel, rimmed baking sheets because you’re better than those one-use aluminum trays you’ve been getting from the pharmacy. Commit to some durable baking sheets for the new year.
Promising review: “These are very nice quality, sturdy, nonstick baking sheets. I needed a great baking sheet because my daughter loves baking cookies. So I bought these, and they are AMAZING. They are on the smaller side, which works fine for our baking needs. The height of edges/corners are perfect so there isn’t anything overflowing into your oven.” —KD Callie
Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in four colors).
A cute and complete macaron baking kit so you can try your hand at French pâtisserie. Ah, oui oui!
My French Recipe
Need help creating the perfect macaron shape? Check out this silicone macaron baking mat.
This tasty kit comes with: a reusable pastry bag, a reusable pastry tip, French lavender from Provence, dark chocolate from Belgium, a macaron baking mix, and a recipe card.
Get it from My French Recipe on Etsy for $39.
A five-speed hand mixer from KitchenAid because it’s time to upgrade from spending 20 minutes mixing ingredients with a fork. No more chunks of unblended flour in your fudge brownies!
Promising review: “It helped me to easily make a cheesecake; it blends well and is powerful. I like the different speeds. It makes baking so much easier! I also like that you can easily set it down between ingredients without making a mess.” —Shoppingmom
Get it from Target for $49.99.
A handy candy thermometer since 2021 is the year you attempt tempered chocolate, homemade caramel, and deep frying donuts, and you need to get them to the *perfect* temperature.
Promising review: “This thing saved my life when it came to making fudge and caramel! Reasonably priced and cleanup is easy.” —Target Customer
Get it from Target for $10.99.
An 18-piece CorningWare baking set designed to last long so you can enjoy casseroles, stuffed peppers, and homemade bread for years to come.
This durable set includes: a 2.5-qt. oval dish with plastic and glass covers, a 1.5-qt. oval dish with plastic cover, a 1.5-qt. round dish with plastic and glass covers, a 16-oz. dish with plastic cover, two 24-oz. round dishes with plastic covers, and two 7-oz. ramekins with plastic covers.
Promising review: “I had forgotten how great cooking in CorningWare was. I enjoy using it because it bakes evenly and cleans up well.” —Mermaid Grammy
Get it from Kohl’s for $76.49 (originally $99.99).
A set of five stainless-steel mixing bowls with matching airtight lids so you can save your extra batter instead of having to deal with three dozen cupcakes staring at you, begging to be eaten in one sitting.
Promising review: “They are perfect! There are five sizes, so you don’t have to worry about using one bowl that’s too big or too small. And having lids makes storing things easy. I highly recommend!” —robyn
Get it from Wayfair for $18.99 (originally $26.99).
A set of three nonstick silicone baking mats perfect for keeping your baking trays unscathed by sticky and burnt ingredients.
Promising review: “I’ve wanted a set of these for years. I love how easily food slides off of them and how nice my baked goods turn out. They do a great job of protecting my pans from wear and tear, and they’ve allowed me to cut down/eliminate parchment paper and aluminum foil.” —Carrie Harrison
Get it from Amazon for $17.95.
A set of five natural baking extracts including orange, lemon, peppermint, cinammon, and vanilla, so your baked goods are imbued with lovely flavors.
A tapered French rolling pin made of Vermont maple wood so you’ll feel like you’re baking in your very own artisanal shop.
Get it from West Elm for $38+ (available in two finishes).
A stainless-steel digital scale so you’ll always have a perfectly precise amount of oatmeal and raisins for your batch of cookies.
Promising review: “I bought this to weigh fruit and vegetables and was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to set up, how easy it is to work, and how consistent it is in its measurements. One of the nice features of the scale is the auto turn-off, which is helpful because I often forget to turn kitchen appliances off.” —Fitz
Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
A set of five silicone utensils from Le Creuset that’ll have you icing cakes and butter basting pastries with ease.
Promising reviews: “AMAZING! Great product with a great value for the money! Very good quality and the perfect size.” —Anthony
“Super useful! Bought them as an afterthought since they matched my new Dutch oven and skillet, but wow are they the best silicone kitchen tools I’ve used.” —Aaron M. Spence
Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (available in seven colors).
A retro KitchenAid stand mixer with attachments that’ll allow you to easily knead dough, whip up whipped cream, and mix cake batter. With a pouring shield, a tilting head, and a bowl with ergonomic handles, there’s almost no way you make a mess while inventing your new dessert!
Promising review: “I purchased my Artisan KitchenAid Stand Mixer about a month ago and I love it. I’ve whipped up loaves of bread, scones, cakes and all have turned out amazing. I love the ease of using the bread hook, it certainly does the hard work for me. The hooks are so easy to attach, and the 5qt stainless steel mixing bowl is the perfect size. My mixer came with a splash guard so I can add flour to eggs and butter without it flying everywhere. So happy I finally made the decision to treat myself by buying this mixer.” —sleatmc
Get it from Macy’s for $279.99 (originally $379.99; available in two colors).
A stainless-steel cooling rack versatile enough to be used for all your baking, broiling, roasting, or decorating needs!
Promising review: “A great product! It held up well to baking, broiling, and being scrubbed clean with a basic kitchen scrubby. It fit perfectly in my standard cookie sheet and kept my food out of the grease! No warping or bending with heat or cold water.” —emilyashley315
Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three sizes).
A box of unbleached and compostable parchment paper that’s as eco-friendly as it is microwave and oven safe. You don’t have to choose between becoming a better baker and saving the planet!
Promising review: “This parchment paper stands up to everything I’ve thrown at it in the oven. I even use it to wrap up food before placing it in a plastic bag to avoid toxins from the plastic, whether it’s frozen meat, or food in the fridge.” —lookingup
Get it from Target for $5.49.
A set of silicone baking cups for a greener baking experience. Your treats will pop out easily from these non-stick cups, and you can toss them in the dishwasher when the cupcake is done!
Promising review: “They not only bake perfectly, they are also time-savers. You can bake them without a muffin tin, so they take up less space which means more can be baked at once. They also cool down fast.” —AllTheGoodThings
Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes).
Rose’s Baking Basics — Award-winning author Rose Levy Beranbaum guides you through must-know recipes for new and experienced bakers with extreme precision and enthusiasm for the craft. Take your brownies, pies, and homemade breads to the next level!
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
An adjustable cake leveler because lumpy, uneven layers of cake are a thing of the past. If you see a leveled, tiered cake in your future, this is for you!
Promising review: “I was so pleased when using this. I thought it would be really difficult to use at first. I’m a DIY mom, and I finally decided to make my own cake for my daughter’s birthday. This really helped me get the sizing of the cake just right and make it level enough to stack!” —Angela G
Get it from Amazon for $11.49.
A set of four mini tart tins with removable bottoms from employee-owned company King Arthur Baking. It’ll be easy to make amazing individually-sized tarts and quiches!
King Arthur Baking
Promising review: “These mini tart tins worked perfectly for making mini pumpkin pies! Everything cooked evenly, they are easy to clean and use, and at 4in diameter, they make the cutest hand-size serving!” —Kendra M.
Get it from King Arthur Baking for $8.95.
A set of three cookie scoops so you always get the perfect amount of dough to make your world-famous chocolate chip cookies.
Promising review: “These are fantastic! They’re sturdy and don’t feel like they’re going to break when you use them. They have worked so well over and over and over again since I purchased them. We use them for cookies, for filling muffin pans, and scooping ice cream. Highly recommend.” —Jen Pants
Get it from Amazon for $18.67.
A gourmet utility whisk for hand whipping creams and mixing batters. This stainless steel tool is designed to be long-lasting, so you can continue to rely on it throughout your baking adventures!
Promising review: “It’s the best whisk I’ve owned so far. I bake a lot of cakes, and I like to mix them mostly by hand. So I need a sturdy whisk to handle thick batters. This does an amazing job.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four colors).
A silicone bread maker that’ll take the guesswork out of making perfectly shaped and textured bread. Its design allows for steam to circulate, so your dough never loses moisture. It even comes with recipes if bread baking is as new to you as 2021 is.
Promising review: “This mixing bowl invention is genius. Bread making always makes such a mess, but with the Lekue Silicone Bread Maker, I can mix, proof and bake all in one bowl. It was a big advantage for proofing wetter dough like crusty artisan or sourdough because transferring that wetter dough out of the proofing container without degassing it was always a challenge. Being able to do everything in one container is extremely helpful.” —Keek, an Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $22.95.
A set of 12 stainless-steel measuring cups and spoons because the difference between a cup of flour and one cup of flour is bigger (and stodgier) than you might think.
Promising review: “These measuring cups/spoons are sturdy; they’re much better than my collection of plastic cups and spoons. Best of all, I love that I can hang them from a shelf. They are close at hand and don’t take up any room.” —Alice
Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three colors).
A nonstick cupcake and muffin pan for making all your eggy, blueberry, or chocolatey treats!
Promising review: “I am one happy baker! I have been baking for over 50 years, and this is the best pan I have ever used. What makes it different? First, the pan is heavier, stronger and better made than some of my other pans. Second, I didn’t grease the pans, and the muffins popped right out onto the counter after I let them cool for a couple of minutes. Finally, I didn’t have any inconsistent results when I compared the muffins with each other. While this pan won’t automatically make you a great baker, it WILL assure that you have consistent results from batch to batch.” —C. Black
Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).
A revolving decorating stand so you can frost your cake with expert precision!
Promising review: “Spins like a dream! It is scored so that you can center your cake perfectly. It is even pretty enough for presentation. Love everything about it.” —Nancy Inch
Get it from Amazon for $33.99.
A cast-iron Dutch oven for some no-knead crusty or artisan bread. And of course you can use it for some amazing one-pot meals, too!
Promising reviews: “Perfect for baking sourdough breads.” —Jrh
“To put it simply, I love this piece! I never knew how much I needed a dutch oven until I bought this one. I use it all the time for soups and chili. My husband loves when I make sausage gravy for breakfast, and I can easily do it all in just this pot.” —stormy
Get it from Target for $69.90 (available in two colors).
A yolk separator because when a recipe calls for egg whites only, they mean egg whites only. And trying to separate the yolk with your hands? No bueno.
Promising review: “As a pastry chef, I have spent plenty of time and money trying out tools to make me more efficient at my job. I have plenty of different knives, spatulas, and piping tips that help me achieve that, but I had never found an egg separator as effective and easy to use as this Soleader egg yolk separator. Most other tools take a moment or so to get a clean separation, but with this tool, it was seamless. A must-have for any kitchen.” —Cassie
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
A pack of three offset spatulas that’ll make decorating a breeze!
Promising review: “Frosting cakes is so much easier now. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t buy this sooner. Not getting frosting all over my knuckles is worth it.” —Sandy A.
Get it from Amazon for $20.77 (also available individually).
A stainless-steel zester and grater because your recipe calls for a hint of lemon, and that rind is exactly where you need to get it from. Its ergonomic and nonslip handle means you can zest, grate, and shave all the livelong day!
Promising review: “I was amazed and impressed by what a great tool this grater is! I didn’t expect it to be this good. I’d been using a box grater for lemon zest and grated cheese before I got the Deiss PRO grater and I always found the box grater to be awkward to work with. The Deiss grater is easy to work with and very easy to clean. The curved surface makes it easy to concentrate the grated material into a bowl beneath it.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $13.98.
A 14-piece pastry bag set for pristine piping and delightful decorations! Everyone will think your baked goods came straight from a high-end bakery 😉
Sur La Table
Promising review: “I have to say that this is a wonderful set and it has just a great variety of different tips for you to choose from. The quality of the bag is really sturdy, so it can really hold whatever you have in there whether it be just cream cheese frosting or your homemade custard. It definitely enticed me to try cake decorating more. Definitely recommend this!” —bakingaddict
Get it from Sur La Table for $20.
A folding proofer that doubles as a slow cooker so you can proof bread dough, toss that in the oven, and then a one-pot dinner in the same device!
Promising review: “My kitchen is always cold, so proving bread has been an ongoing annoyance for me! This is a fantastic product. Have already used it twice and only had it a week. Can’t wait to bake again! This is a must for anyone who is a home baker!” —Joon007
Get it from Wiliiams Sonoma for $169.95.
A set of 50 animal cookie cutters because everyone knows cookies shaped like your favorite creatures just taste better. Take your baking to a whole other cutesy level with fun plastic shapes.
Promising review: “These were exactly what I needed to make the perfect animal cracker ornaments for my Christmas Tree. I was very impressed with the selection and sturdiness of the cookie cutters. The edges were not sharp, so my little ones could help without worry of injury. We will be using these to make cookies to match our ornaments.” —Flapjack
Get it from Target for $7.19.
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