31 Essentials From Walmart To Help Take Your Baking To The Next Level
The baker is only as good as their baking tools.
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turntable that'll help you give your cakes a beautifully smooth frosting finish.
Hot tip: Dab a bit of frosting directly onto the turntable so the bottom layer doesn't slip and slide as you frost it. Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised with how well the turntable has been. I don't know how I have gone this long without one. The turntable moves easily and the diameter is large enough that most cakes fit on top of it." — Babsbookbistro
oven thermometer so that you can bake all of your goodies at the right temperature. Most ovens are a few degrees off which can make or break even the best recipes.
convertible hand and stand mixer — it'll *whip up* some icing that even your grandma will be impressed by.
This mixer includes beaters, dough hooks, and a whisk.
Hot tip: Cream your butter and sugar for a few minutes to create cookies that are lighter than air. Promising review: "I am a home baker and just didn't have the money to spend on one of those high dollar stand mixers that charge you even more for all the accessories that go with it. I usually mix with plain old elbow grease but an issue with my hand forced me to use more tools to complete my tasks in the kitchen. I've borrowed my sister's heavy-duty stand mixer in the past (boy, those things weigh a ton), I wasn't really expecting this one to perform like hers. It is lightweight, and the turntable is a bit flimsy but overall, it works and does the job well! It makes beautiful fluffy icing in a fraction of the time it took me to do it by hand... It's so worth the price that I may buy a second one so I can whip up meringue and icing at the same time!" — Zattana1
Price: $34.99 (originally $39.99, available in two colors)
fish spatula if your cookies keep getting stuck to the sheet pan.
Hot tip: Warming up the cookies in the oven for 30 seconds, then slipping a thin and flexible fish spatula under each one will prevent you from breaking the stuck cookies or leaving pieces stuck to the pan. Check out more tips for baking better cookies here.
two-pack of silicone mats so that you don't have worry about stuck-on cookies... or wasting rolls and rolls of parchment paper.
Promising review: "I wish I had found these sooner. They are an amazing kitchen staple that replaces all of your normal throw-away baking sheet covers. They are easy to clean and seems like they will last a lifetime!" — Dre
stackable prep bowl set because a good pastry chef always has their mise en place before they get started.
This set includes six glass bowls that are safe to use in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. It's part of
BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection, exclusively at Walmart. Promising review: "The quality of this set is good and the clear glass allows for easy cleaning." — Dogbreath
fine haired pastry brush for applying egg washes to your pie crusts and dinner rolls. It'll give them that golden, glistening finish.
Hot tip: Using the yolk rather than the whole egg will give your pastries a deeper color.
silicone measuring cup that won't burn your hands or cling to every drop of honey like a glass measuring cup does. Plus, it'll take up a lot less cupboard space.
Promising review: "This is the best measuring cup that I have ever had. Because it's flexible, I can pour any ingredients into small openings without spilling. It makes cooking so much easier" — Cecilia
Price: $6.51 (originally $11.99)
Cold* tip: A hot cake will melt the frosting! You'll want to wait at least two hours before smearing on the good stuff. Patience is key, young grasshopper. Promising review: "This spatula is a must-have item for anyone who bakes. It makes frosting layer cakes or sheet cakes super easy. It's made of quality materials, too." — TennGirl
French rolling pin because you really don't need anything fancier. The dowel shape is the most ergonomic and is small enough that it won't take up half of a cabinet.
Hot tip: Gordon Ramsay recommends caramelizing the apples he uses in his pies. Learn more about his amazing apple pie recipe here. Promising review: "This is the best peeler ever, it is my right hand in the kitchen." — Robert
Price: $10.99 (originally $26.99)
digital scale to keep your measurements exact.
Promising review: "I'm an avid bread baker and this Ozeri Pronto is just what I need to achieve uniform-sized breads. I'm so happy it features five different units of measurement. It's compact and does not take up much workspace. It is lightweight and most importantly, very easy to clean! I just weigh my dusted bread dough on it and wipe it off with a damp paper towel and it's sparkling clean again." — SassyChick
Price: $10.92 (originally $19.79, available in seven colors)
cooking thermometer so that your brownies are ooey-gooey but not so gooey that they give you salmonella.
Hot tip: Alton Brown bakes his brownies for 15 minutes, leaves them on the counter for 15, then sticks them back in the oven for 15. Once the center of the brownie pan reaches 195°F, they're good to go. Learn more about Brown's brownie tips here. Promising review: "This digital thermometer is easy to use and very accurate. It's very lightweight and folds up nicely and fits in my drawer very well. I didn't have any trouble figuring out how to use it the very first time. It worked great for me when I was making yogurt. You can also switch it from Celsius to Fahrenheit very easily." — Lsp0604
bench scraper because trying to prevent bread dough from sticking to your work surface is a losing battle. The ruler will be so helpful for the more meticulous recipes you take on.
Trust me, those ruler markings will come in handy when you're trying to roll out a pie dough that's supposed to be 3/16 of an inch thick.
Price: $11.36 (originally $20.45)
eight-inch cake lifter so you don't end up making cake pops out of the crumbs of your once-perfect cake round.
Hot tip: Stack your cake rounds upside down so that you have a smoother edge to frost. See more tips for making professional looking cakes here. Promising review: "I decided on making my own wedding cake, and visited craft stores to pick up some tools I kept seeing this cake lifter and at the third place I finally thought, oh heck, I bet that'll come in handy. Boy, was I right! It made moving and placing layers of cake and even finished tiers so easy — I can't imagine what I would've done without it! It's definitely a must-have for cake baking!" — DreaM82
candy melting pot so you can smother your biscotti in CCCHHHHHOOOOOCCCCCOOOOLLAAAATTTEEE.
Promising review: "This melting pot makes my holiday treat-making a snap! It's ten times better than microwaving because there's no guessing involved — just put the candy in it and walk away! There is also one with a divided pot so you can do two colors at once, but this one is very nice for making your simpler treats." — Shannee
microplane so you can dust all of your desserts with chocolate shavings.
Hot tip: You can also use a microplane to sand down the edges of your cookies if you want to make them perfectly round and beautiful. Promising review: "This is a great zester. I love that the depth of the underside is deep enough to hold all of the zest from whatever I am zesting. I believe that it is made very well and I'm very satisfied with this brand over others that I tried and threw away." — sargeret
three-tier nonstick cooling rack because the hot pan will continue to bake (and burn) your delicious cookies.
This is part of
BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection, exclusively at Walmart. Promising review: "This three-tier cooling rack is perfect for small spaces. I forgot to use cooking spray before I put my cookies on it to cool, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that any residue wiped right off when I hand washed." — userfriendly
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Hot tip: Moisture is a macaron's worst enemy. You should always bake them on a dry day, leave egg whites to dry in the fridge overnight, and only use gel food coloring. Get more tips for baking macarons here.
flour sifter so that your dry ingredients don't make your mixture clumpy. Technically you could just use a mesh sieve, but a flour sifter is slightly less messy.
Promising review: "I bake homemade whole wheat bread, and noticed that many of the grains are much bigger than the smaller ones. This sifter lets the small grains go through the mesh, and keeps the bigger ones in the sifter. Then I just toss out the big ones. I believe this creates a smoother , more condensed loaf, and makes the hand kneading much more even. It looks like it will last a long time." — eddie
Price: $6.36 (originally $7.09)
cookie scoop so that your cookies are evenly sized and evenly cooked.
Hot tip: Cool the dough in the fridge overnight to give your cookies more flavor and texture.
glass baking dish with a plastic lid so that you can transfer your treats with ease.
Promising review: "This bakeware is very versatile: I use for the main dishes to desserts. I love the easy-grip handles." — Nanie
digital timer so that you don't burn the cookies watching TV in the other room.
Promising review: "Our new kitchen range's clock has an alarm that is very hard to hear. This is a perfect replacement. It is simple to operate and I stuck a magnet on it so I could hang it on the fridge." — oldergeezer
Price: $10.99 (originally $38.99)
two-pack of springform pans that are essential if you want to make cheesecake.
They're part of
BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection, exclusively at Walmart. Promising review: "These are so handy! I've used them to make a couple of things and they have worked great! I made homemade cheesecake for the first time in my life and it turned out great. I also made an ice cream cake from an online recipe and used these. The ring doesn't stick and is easily removed. The pans seem to be great quality and I think they will last a long time." — MrsWin
Price: $13.99 (originally $19.99)
Promising review: "These stamps were simple to use and make cookies look great!" — Bobby
Price: $20.75 (originally $23.99)
blowtorch because, c'mon, what's more metal than setting fire to your sweets?
12-pack of flour sack towels that'll come in handy when you're baking bread... And when it's time to clean up the mess you made when you were baking bread.
Check out these
tips for making the perfect sourdough loaf here. Promising review: "I have been looking for something like these to use for baking. I bake with my own starter, and I needed something to cover my recipes while they went through the rising process. I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how much easier a few towels could make my time in the kitchen. They are sturdy and lint-free. They make cooking, baking, and other kitchen chores a breeze." — MamaColes327
dutch oven — it'll make your breads all the more beautiful.
Promising review: "This dutch oven is very well made. It is enameled cast iron and has some weight to it. I love that it has handles along the sides so you can easily take it out of the oven or off the stove top. It is the perfect size for many dishes, such as soup, stews, casseroles, no-knead breads, and a roast. The pot is also a very elegant vessel for presenting meals." — Finamoon
Price: $54.97 (also available in red).
Promising review: "This cake and cupcake caddy is a must-have for anyone who bakes. Even if you're just going to the backyard, it will ensure that your delicious treats make it to their destination in perfect form." — SanicFast
Enjoy your treats! You've earned 'em.
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