my favorite tools
|The Ultimate Stand Mixer
I did tons of research prior to making this purchase and the biggest advantage over other mixers is that this one has the strength & force to mix & knead stiff dough and larger batches. The bowl is so sturdy during mixing. There’s nothing this mixer can’t handle. As a bonus, you can buy tons of attachments to expand your culinary skills! Click here.
|All in One Processing
This gadget probably wouldn’t come to mind as a baker’s bff, but it is. Use it for making silky fruit purees, 45 second whipped cream and the mini food processor cup to quickly chop nuts, coconut and chocolate. This set comes with everything you’d ever need, all under one unit. Click here.
|Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
Over time, plastic gets grimy, stained and can crack or break. I love having stainless steel measuring cups. They are dishwasher safe which is ideal when you’re measuring out oils, honey or molasses and I know they will last for years! Click here.
|Glass Nesting Bowls
Glass Nesting Bowls are très chic and so helpful when it comes to mise en place (organized food prep!) I have 2 sets and they’re easy to stack and store them away in a small space. Click here.
| Hand Grater
I use my grater all the time, especially for grating frozen butter for pie crusts and pastry (best hack ever). I’ve found that most graters have cheap plastic handles that crack or break after time. This one is completely stainless which means it will last. Dishwasher safe. Click here.
These containers are completely air-tight to keep my ingredients fresh. Plus, they look ADORABLE with chalkboard labels. It’s an inexpensive, EASY way to jazz up the look of your pantry. The chalk ‘ink’ is durable, too. My labels have gotten wet and the ink hasn’t smudged at all. Click here.
my favorite ingredients
| Vanilla Bean Paste
Vanilla Bean Paste is less inexpensive and has a longer shelf life than vanilla beans. It’s easy to add this into recipes in place of extract. I love using this rich & flavorful paste for frosting, whipped cream, ice cream and custards. Click here.
|Flaky Sea Salt
If you’re into the salty/sweet thing, make sure you’re using the right salt. Flaky Sea Salt gives your treats the right amount of saltiness and the pieces are flat, allowing more surface area so you’re not crunching huge pieces of salt. Click here.
Just adding a small amount of espresso powder brings out the richness and flavor of chocolate. I like to add it to my brownies and chocolate cake to amp up the chocolate flavor. You’ll also need it for my Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies. Click here.
|High Quality Cocoa Powder
Did you know, the type of cocoa powder you use in a recipe depends on a lot more than just flavor? You can read more about my research here. I recommend this brand the most when making something like homemade brownies, cake or frosting. Click here.
|Vibrant Food Coloring
Gel is the way to go when adding a pop of color to your frosting or cake (or cookies!). My favorite brand is AmeriColor. The colors are easy to use; just squeeze the gel right from the bottle. They remain vivid after baking and come in every color imaginable! Click here.
This is my favorite brand of meringue powder. It has a beautiful flavor and you need it for making royal icing. Meringue powder is basically dehydrated egg whites, so it can be used anytime you need egg whites (without worrying about raw-egg risks!) Click here.
Another way to add new flavors to your desserts is by using emulsions. Unlike extracts, emulsions do not contain alcohol so the flavor doesn’t bake out. You can use them just as you would for extract to flavor all your desserts (1:1 ratio). Click here.
Psst!! Ever wonder why bakery cookies always have a…well, that flavor that you only get in bakeries? It’s because of this!
What would baking even be without sprinkles!? I buy them in bulk to save money, and because the more sprinkles the better. You’ll use them up quickly when making funfetti cake, decorating cakes/cupcake and cookies. Click here.
what i use for Cake decorating
A turn table makes it 1000x easier to smooth out frosting on a cake; you’ll need it to create professional looking designs such as making a watercolor effect or stripes using buttercream. Click here.
|Cake Slicing Guide
The one thing I’ve always struggled with is creating cake layers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wrecked cakes because they layers got all wonky. I’m glad I picked up this cake slicing guide. It’s one less thing to worry about! Click here.
I always prefer to use these combs to easily add texture and design to my cakes. Once your cake is set up on the turntable, hold the comb against the buttercream on the side and within seconds your frosting will be decorated perfectly. Great for beginners & for taller cakes. Click here.
|Industrial Strength Piping Bags
The worst thing that can happen while piping is having the bag burst open midway. That’s why I started buying industrial strength only. They are SO durable and can even withstand piping cookie dough (like my Churro Cookies). I also always go with the 18″ size so I never have to go through the hassle of refilling a bag. Click here.
I cannot live without my offset spatulas. There’s just something about that slight angle that makes frosting cakes & cupcakes so much easier. They give you so much control and they fit so easily in your hand. I like keeping a set of all different sizes for different jobs. Click here.
I purchased this set a while back because I realized I had been buying tips separately (which can get pricey). Go with an all-inclusive set like this. You’ll have everything you need all in one place and it comes in a nice little storage container. This set even comes with flower nails so you can create beautiful buttercream flowers! Click here.
what i use for Cookie Decorating
|Solid Cookie Cutters
When it comes to cookie decorating, it all starts with the shape & design of the cookie. It’s great having different shapes on hand for whenever a creative idea strikes. My all time favorite brand, Ann Clark, makes cutters that are sturdy, durable and affordable. Plus, they have every shape under the sun. Click here.
I have a special place in my heart for my classic wood rolling pin, but when it comes to making cookies for decorating, you really want to ensure that they are rolled out to an even thickness. This pin has exact guides and makes it incredibly easy. Click here.
When I first started out in cookie decorating, I didn’t think I needed these; I figured I could just use toothpicks instead. Let’s just say there’s a good reason that the pros don’t use toothpicks. 😉 These are way more exact! Click here.
|Fine Point Writing Tip
Cookies are a lot smaller to work with than cakes and the designs get a lot more detailed. Avoid using piping tips made for buttercream and buy one with a smaller opening instead. Now that I own this, I’m able to create cookies with lettering and finer detail. Click here.