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    27 Products To Trick People Into Thinking You're A Baking Pro

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    1. A silicone shield to stop your pie crust from burning to a crisp before the filling is done.

    Walmart

    This fits up to a 10" pie pan and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the second time I have purchased this product since I wanted to bake two pies at the same time. The ring protects the pastry edging from burning yet allows it to brown nicely. It is so much quicker than trying to fashion an aluminum foil ring for that purpose. As far as I can tell, the product lasts forever." —Birdsong

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $6.94.

    2. A set of decorating tips for piping all sorts of pretty designs onto your cupcakes.

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    This kit includes 22 round, star, petal, leaf, and specialty decorating tips.

    Promising review: "I love this kit, it has everything I need as a beginner to decorate cakes and cupcakes. The storage container locks into place easily so nothing will fall out. I used it yesterday to make two-tone cupcakes, and it worked like a dream. I highly recommend this product." —TamSir

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $16.29.

    3. A dispenser tip because ~muffin~ will be more satisfying than distributing batter evenly in baking cups without creating a mess.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I make a lot of cupcakes and make such a mess trying to fill the liners the proper amount!!! I hate it to the point of almost giving it up! I tried the ice cream scoop (messy) and various sizes spoons... This little tool simplifies the process so much! And, no more mess for me to clean up!" —goneridin2

    Get it from Walmart for $4.20.

    4. A customizable cake pan set so you can impress everyone by whipping up personalized treats for special occasions.

    Walmart

    This set comes with one cake pan with a grid guide pattern and nine adjustable cake cutters. It includes inserts to make letters A to Z, numbers 0 to 9, an exclamation point, question mark, and dollar sign.

    Get it from Walmart for $20.36.

    5. An icing smoother to give your cakes crisp and clean edges.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I don't make cakes very often but I have to say that this was an extremely helpful tool for me as far as smoothing the buttercream. The placement of the grip on it was convenient and made for really clean shaping." —Crystal

    Get it from Walmart for $7.29.

    6. A pack of candy eyeballs for breathing life into ordinary pastries.

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    Promising review: "These eyeballs are so cute. My sister put these all over her boyfriend's birthday cake, and they definitely made it stand out. These would also be great for animal cupcakes or for Halloween!" —AH

    Get them from Walmart for $2.47.

    7. A set of non-stick baking sheets and cutters that'll produce professional-looking emoji cookies.

    Walmart

    This set includes three non-stick cookie sheets and four cookie cutters. Everything's dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I love these cookie cutters! My kids love to make emoji cookies and treats! We've used the pans a few times, and they are super easy to clean! No need to put them in the dishwasher because food just slips right off." —afm55

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $9.97.

    8. A dessert decorating tool so you can easily pipe buttercream rosettes without the hassle of using a pastry bag.

    Walmart

    It comes with four decorating tips, a fill tip, and two couplers.

    Promising review: "Using the dessert decorator from Wilton is so much easier than using the messy bags and tips I've used in the past. We used it recently to stuff manicotti shells. It saved a lot of time and looked decorative. Great investment for the money spent." —tgreene5

    Get it from Walmart for $7.99.

    9. A bread maker to churn out fresh hot loaves and make your dinner guests say, "OMG, you made this?!"

    Walmart

    BTW, it can also bake cakes. Check out a full review of this bread maker by a BuzzFeeder!

    Promising review: "I had no prior experience working with yeast, making dough, or baking bread so I was a bit worried that I would mess things up somehow, but I made my first loaf today and it came out great. The bread was crusty on the outside and hot and chewy on the inside. Even better than bread from the local bakery. This machine is very easy to use. A few tips: Read the instruction booklet, add the ingredients in the EXACT order they are listed in the recipe, be sure all liquids are room temperature, and measure precisely. Then all you do is press a few buttons and the machine does the rest. The bread came out wonderful. I am very happy with my purchase, I highly recommend this machine. It has all the same features as the more expensive machines on the market. I see no reason to spend more money on a more expensive machine when this one works sooo well! I can't wait to try new recipes and share them with others this holiday season." —seasonschange

    Get it from Walmart for $59.11.

    10. A pair of doughnut pans for baking ~glazy~ good treats — you might even eat the ~hole~ batch.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "If you love baked doughnuts instead of fried — this is for you. Doughnuts are not massive, about the size of the boxed doughnuts in stores. If you buy two, flip one over the other and your doughnuts will rise with the perfect roundness on top. Easy to clean and very sturdy. These will last for years of happy cooking." —Suzanne A

    Get a two-pack from Walmart or Jet for $15.97.

    11. A KitchenAid stand mixer that'll make throwing together large batches of cookies and cupcakes quick and easy.

    Walmart

    It includes a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, and a six-wire whip. There are 10 speed settings. Read more about why owning a KitchenAid mixer can be life-changing!

    Promising review: "This is my second KitchenAid. The first still works (professional model), but I wanted a smaller, quieter model. This 4.5-quart one certainly meets all my expectations. It is smaller, the tilt head is easy to use, and the mixing attachments are easy to clean. An absolute must for every cook no matter what your skill level." —silly64

    Get it from Walmart for $199.99.

    12. A can of non-stick spray with flour so your precious baked goods won't get stuck in the mold.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "The spray is great for those intricately designed bundt pans! The trick is to spray a little bit in and then spread it around with a pastry brush to get in all the nooks and crannies. Using this technique, I've never had a cake stick." —rlee333

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $2.24.

    13. An impression mat to add intricate details to your pie and make it a ~slice~ above the rest.

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    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $11.59.

    14. A fondant letter cutter set for spelling out names and messages, if you're not too confident in your cake writing skills.

    Walmart

    This set comes with all 26 letters and a storage tin.

    Promising review: "I am just learning how to decorate cakes, and I used these letters to imprint on the frosting... they are sturdy, just the right size. Glad I have them." —Cathy

    Get it from Walmart for $6.99.

    15. A handy kitchen scale that'll help you measure out ingredients as precisely as possible.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "This product works well and is so dummy-proof. I have no complaints. It's always on the money with its measurements. First time using a product like this and I'm glad I chose this one!" —Selene

    Get it from Walmart for $10.79+ (available in seven colors).

    16. A decorating kit so you can make incredible tri-color icing without using three times the effort.

    youtube.com, Walmart

    It comes with two decorating tips and six decorating bags.

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $4.68.

    17. A non-slip baking mat with helpful tips and measurement guides to ensure your baked goods are the right size.

    Walmart

    This non-slip mat measures 18"x24".

    Get it from Walmart for $14.78.

    18. A bundt pan for an easy way to wow at a dinner party — you can keep the decorations to a minimum and let the shape do all the talking.

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    Promising review (rose): "It is well-made and beautiful. Makes a gorgeous cake, just baker's spray it very well." —salliethecat

    Get them from Walmart: the rose pan for $20.63, the castle pan for $27.99, and the bug-shaped pan for $36

    19. A cupcake corer so you can take your desserts to the next level by injecting a surprise filling.

    Walmart

    This set includes a small corer, a large corer, and an ejector.

    Promising review: "I recently used this corer to core about 15 cupcakes to add a marshmallow filling. This corer works very well. You can go as deep or as shallow as you'd like and taking the cake out of the corer is easy. You can core all the cupcakes first, as it's a quick process once you get the hang of it, and then fill. I like that there are two sizes. The larger size would be for jumbo cupcakes. Easy to clean and use. Definitely recommended." —dmarie82,

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $7.48.

    20. A pack of colorful liners that'll add the finishing touch to your cupcakes.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I love the variety of patterns and colors! It is such a festive way to serve up some yummy cupcakes. I will definitely use these again for future gatherings." —Abbey

    Get a 150-pack from Walmart or Jet for $2.49.

    21. A springform pan to hold your cheesecake in place and release it in one piece after cooling.

    Walmart

    These have a non-stick coating that is free of BPA, PFOA, and PTFE, and they're dishwasher-safe.

    Get a two-pack from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.

    22. A silicone tray for making uniform, bite-sized treats that'll earn you brownie points at the next company bake sale.

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    It makes 24 brownies.

    Promising review: "Made 96 brownie bites, no casualties! Liberally sprayed with baking spray, let set a couple minutes out of the oven, turned over on rack, bumped each square with my hand, and they popped out great." —dealshoppermommy

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $9.43.

    23. A fondant smoother so your cakes will be free of wrinkles and bumps — even Buddy would approve.

    Walmart

    It's dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from Walmart for $5.57.

    24. A ball pan that'll make baking sphere-shaped cakes less of a challenge because you won't have to carve one by hand.

    Walmart

    The ball pan comes with silicone rings to keep the bowls steady while baking.

    Get it from Walmart for $10.86.

    25. A cookie scoop to ensure the shape and bake time of your snickerdoodles are consistent.

    Walmart

    Get a medium-size one from Walmart for $15.25 or Jet for $13.99 (also available in a large-size).

    26. A pack of fondant imprint mats for giving any cake a sleek and professional finish. It'll look so good, you might cry ~tiers~ of joy.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "Using this impression mat made decorating my daughter's three-tier cake so easy. The look was clean and professional, and best of all, it didn't cost me $250. (It was my first try at a tiered cake and working with fondant, but you would never know it thanks to these mats...and YouTube!)" —LadyLeo214

    Get a four-pack from Walmart for $6.60.

    27. A pack of baking strips you'll wish you'd bought sooner because they can help produce perfectly even layers every 👏single👏 time👏.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "This product is excellent at baking perfectly even cakes. Works exactly as described and expected. I cannot believe I have been making 'mountain' cakes all my life, then having to level the top off to make it even! I used two strips together on one round 12" cake sheet, and it came out utterly perfect. Couldn't be happier with the money spent on it, and yes, I would definitely recommend this to anyone for their home baking." —BirthdayCakeMaker

    Get a two-pack from Walmart for $8.04.

    Everything you bake will look positively magical!

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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