11 Practical and Pretty Tools You Definitely Need for Spring Baking
Baking has never been so beautiful.
Season 5 of Spring Baking Championship has officially started (catch new episodes starting Monday, March 18th at 9|8c) and it's got us feeling all kinds of inspired. Spring offers a whole new chance at whipping up whimsical creations. Flowers, chicks, bunnies, oh my! Whether you're looking to master bunny butts, make your own slice-and-bake chick cookies or try your hand at a massive Peep cake, having the right supplies makes all the difference. From practical three-tier cooling racks to the most beautiful mixing bowl ever (yes, we're serious!), consider this your guide to turning your kitchen into a spring baking spot fit for a champion.
BUY IT: Macy's, $99.99
Your classic stainless steel mixing bowl doesn't stand a chance against this beauty. Use this breathtaking ceramic bowl from KitchenAid with your tilt-head stand mixer or on its own as a mixing bowl to prep your ingredients in style, time and time again. Bonus: It's microwave and oven safe!
BUY IT: Bed Bath and Beyond, $69.99
If you always forget to soften butter for your cookies, this hand mixer is going to be your baking BFF. Oster's new hand mixer uses Heatsoft technology to blow warm air into your mixing bowl which it claims softens sticks of butter while you work.
BUY IT: Bloomingdales, $11
Flowers are great and all, but a bouquet of cookies is really where it's at. No watering sounds like a sweet deal — although we can't promise these cookies will last any longer than the real kind of arrangement.
BUY IT: Amazon, $19.95
Part cheat sheet, part portable workstation, this silicone pastry mat has everything a baker needs. Not sure what a 9-inch pie crust looks like? Or what length of dough makes the perfect pie lattice? This silicone mat from OXO has all the answers and then some!
BUY IT: Overstock, $17.29
Add some color to your usual baking routine with this metallic nonstick pan from Farberware. Each cup has a quilted bottom to make sure all your confections bake evenly and get the perfect golden-brown base, and the pans come in multiple hues. If you'll excuse us, we're going to go buy one... in every color.
BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $9.99
Retire your cupcake tin and use these whimsical baking cups instead. Whether you want to make half a dozen cupcakes or six dozen, these silicone cups make it easy to whip up the perfect batch. Serve the finished products inside for a cute party display and pop them in the dishwasher for easy clean up.
BUY IT: Walmart, $10.88
Cool three times the cookies, cake layers and pies with this stackable cooling rack system. The racks fold up so you don't have to worry about using too much storage space.
BUY IT: Amazon, $17.93
You'll never look at milk and cookies the same way once you whip up a batch using this dunker pan from Chicago Metallic. Simply distribute the batter for your favorite sugar, chocolate chip or gingerbread cookies inside the spoon-shaped molds, and voila, delicious handheld treats right at your fingertips.