Baking Tools for a Beginning Baker

Create your own gift basket with a selection of any of these items for the beginning baker in your life. Either use one of the large items as a receptacle or purchase a pretty basket to place smaller gift items. You might also want to add a bag of flour and a bag of sugar. A bottle of your favorite vanilla would also make a great addition. Finish your basket off by sealing it up with shrink wrap with a pretty ribbon and you've just created the perfect gift for the first time baker.
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    Measuring Cups and Spoons
    Measuring Cups and Spoons. Getty Images

    Baking requires exact ingredient measurements. Every baker needs measuring cups and spoons.
    Measuring Cups and Spoons

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    Wire Whisk
    Wire Whisk. Jerry Young/Getty

    A day doesn't go by that I don't use my wire whisks. My absolute favorite one is the one I have made by Oxo. The handle feels so good in my hand.
    Wire Whisks

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    Rubber Spatula
    Rubber Spatula. Daniel Grill/Getty Images

    A must for any baker is a spatula. It helps get all of the good stuff out of the mixing bowl. I prefer silicon spatulas that won't melt in a hot pan. Spoon-shaped spatulas are come in handy when putting batter into small places like muffin cups.

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    Cookie Sheets and Cooling Racks
    Cookie Sheets and Cooling Racks. Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Good baking sheets will last a lifetime. Make sure to get the shiny metal kinds. Most recipes were written for these types of pans. Cooling racks are important as well.
    Cookie Sheets and Cooling Racks

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    Cake Pans
    Cake Pans. Getty Images

    Good pans are so important to making good cakes. Again, purchase the shiny metal ones with straight sides. Three 8-inch or two 9-inch are a good start.
    Cake Pans

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    Pie Plate Pumpkin Pie
    Pie Plate Pumpkin Pie. Poulis/Getty Images

    You can use metal pie pans, but glass and ceramic are so much better.
    Pie Plates

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    Poppy Seed Muffins
    Poppy Seed Muffins. Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    If you want to make muffins, you've got to have a muffin pan. There are so many choices from 6-cup typical muffin cups to a 12-cup rose-shaped pan.
    Muffin Pans

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    Mixing Bowls
    Mixing Bowls. Tom Grill/Getty Images

    Ceramic, stainless steel, glass or melamine, it's your choice in mixing bowls. Personally, I prefer stainless steel bowls. They are light and sturdy.
    Measuring Bowls

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    Timer. Caspar Benson/Getty

    Timers come in all shapes and styles. There are a lot of cute ones that have magnets that will attach to your refrigerator. I have a timer that allows me to set 3 different times.
    Kitchen Timer

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    Hand Mixer
    Hand Mixer. Westend61/Getty Images

    For the beginning baker, I recommend purchasing medium priced hand mixer like one from Black and Decker or for the more experienced baker, I highly recommend a KitchenAid stand mixer.
    KitchenAid Mixers