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Gifts for the Baker

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Although I am personally a terrible baker (my baking repertoire consists of one disastrous Pinterest recipe fail after another), I am an avid fan of both the “Great British Baking Show” and the Food Network Channel. Therefore, I consider myself to be an expert on the items that bakers need to succeed in the kitchen. That’s why the list below is guaranteed to help family and friends find the perfect gift for my fellow bakers, both aspiring and established. So check out this lists of gifts for the baker in your life! 

The Baking Bible

This book boasts that, “every recipe proves that delicious perfection is within reach for any baker” which as a stand-alone sentence is enough for me to include it as a must-have gift for the baker in your life. Sure, I may not know exactly who legendary, award-winning author Rose Levy Beranbaum is, or why she is considered “the most meticulous cook who ever lived,” but man do I trust her. With recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more at your fingertips, this book promises to be so clear and detailed, that you won’t need to spend time guessing your way through your recipes.

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“Keep Calm and Bake On” Apron

I believe everyone – whether you’re competing on “The Great British Baking Show” or simply tossing flour and sugar around in the comfort of your own home – deserves the friendly reminder that’s been emblazoned onto this apron. It also has two front pockets for holding spoons, recipe cards, or catching crumbs.

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The Smart Baker Cheat Sheet Baking Apron with Measurement Conversions

Without going into too much detail – there was a time when I was unable to successfully complete a cookie recipe that required nothing more than to “just add water.” You can imagine, then, how much I can appreciate an apron with measurement conversions printed right under your nose. Here’s hoping someone out there will be saved from my tragic mis-measuring mistakes.

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Matryoshka Dry Measuring Cups, Set of 6

Add a little fun to the kitchen with these Matryoshka measuring cups. These are great for young bakers (think families with kids!) and they combine a classic game with a baking necessity. Both the top and bottom of these measuring “dolls” serve the purpose of measuring.    

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Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale with Removable Bowl

If there is anything I have learned from the countless professional baking shows I’ve watched, it’s that you’re not a true baker unless you know how to utilize both traditional measuring cups and a digital food scale to measure out your baking supplies. Flour, sugar, dough, butter – you name it, and the food scale will weigh it, ensuring perfectly portioned elements to create your dessert of choice.

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Bellemain Stainless Steel 3 Cup Flour Sifter

A flour sifter is an absolute necessity in the kitchen in order to achieve a perfectly smooth and fluffy batter for cakes, cookies, etc. Plus, nothing (truly, nothing) looks more impressive than holding that flour sifter six inches above your head and animatedly sprinkling things over your workspace. Sift on, friends, sift on.

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KitchenAid 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater

When you don’t feel like breaking out your heavy (not to mention pricey) KitchenAid standard mixer, but your arm strength alone simply cannot whip/churn/beat/mix fast enough to get the job done, this 7-speed hand mixer comes to the rescue. For such a key component to a successful baker’s “toolbox” it’s a truly unintimidating item to learn how to use.

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Marble Pastry Board

Cute, trendy, and often used to keep pastry dough (or chocolate) cool! Serious bakers use marble pastry boards to keep delicate pastry from sticking to its surface, but I’ll most likely be using it to balance a wine bottle and some Toll House cookies on as I walk from the kitchen to the couch. To each her own!

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Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

Moms and grandmas agree – life before the silpat non-stick mat was no life at all. Ain’t nobody got time (anymore) to scrub away at baking sheets coated in burnt-on crumbs from last year’s Christmas desserts. Do yourself a favor and never bake again without protecting your baking sheets from the wrath of burnt cookie crumbs.

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Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware 10-pc. Bakeware Set

Cookie sheets, brownie pans, and muffin tins, oh my! Each and every item in this 10-piece set will last you through the baking demands of the holiday season and beyond. Newlyweds, college graduates, and even seasoned bakers whose cake tins are a little on the worn side would swoon over a gift like this.

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Hiware Springform Pan Set of 3 Leakproof Round Cake Pan Set

A long long time ago, in a kitchen far far away, a genius decided that instead of using a knife to try and scrape out cake remnants from the sides of a stubborn cake pan she would instead create a pan in which the sides could simply be removed from the bottom in one fell swoop. The result – the perfect gift for bakers who love to create multi-tiered cakes with ease – no scraping required! The cake-maker in your life will owe you big time for this one.

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Baker’s Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan

Everyone knows a special someone who LIVES for the chewy edges and corners of a brownie. You’re either an edge person or you’re fighting grandmas and children off to a get a hold of that edgeless center piece of brownie. For the “edge person” in your life, there is the gift of this maze-like brownie pan. It’s been designed so that no matter how you slice it, you get at least two of those chewy, gooey edges to enjoy.

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Cookie Cutters for Every Season Set

It has been scientifically proven that eating cookies shaped like, well, anything other than a cookie, just tastes better. OK so I just made that up but seriously, who doesn’t love a fun and festive cookie shape, especially during the holiday season? This 11-piece set has you covered for all occasions – from Christmas to the first day of school.

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Babycakes Cake Pop Maker

Someone once tried to teach me how to make a cake pop “the old fashioned way” by mushing cake crumbs together in their hands and rolling it into a ball. Needless to say I vowed to never eat a cake pop again because NOBODY has the right to spend that much time squishing my cake between their fingers EVER. But I think I may have just changed my mind. You can use this for cake pops or donut holes, creating 12 perfectly portioned, light and fluffy, sanitarily prepared tiny treats on sticks.

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Babycakes Mini Donut Maker

It’s hard to get too much of a good thing; like a good cup of coffee, back scratches, Christmas, or donuts. This Babycakes Mini Donut Maker makes a great gift for kids and adults alike who crave the warm experience of this favorite sweet treat, and the best part is that it can be enjoyed from the comfort of home. Now speaking of coffee and donuts, I’ve got some breakfast to attend to…

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Betty Crocker 3-Tier Cooling Rack

A kitchen countertop covered in baked goods that need to “cool” before being turned out of their respective pans, baking sheets, etc. is the biggest tease of the 21st century. Plus, laying out cooling rack after cooling rack on your kitchen counter leaves you with no room for additional dessert prep. Enter this 3-Tier Cooling Rack to the Rescue! Save valuable kitchen counter space and keep desserts away from those hungry eyes as you do so.  

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Wilton Trim-N-Turn Ultra Cake Decorating Turntable – Cake Decorating Stand

Ever wonder how bakers get those perfectly iced cakes? So smooth and even? It’s all done with a turntable like this one. Trust me, I’ve seen it on Food Network. Instead of running circles around your cake trying to ice it, decorate it, and see all angles without knocking it over, just plop it onto the turntable and give ‘er a spin.

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Well, friends, thanks to all of you I’m about to go eat Christmas cookies for breakfast. All because I’ve spent so much time searching for the perfect gifts for bakers. Hopefully you’ve found the list above helpful – whether you yourself are a baker and have found some items to add to your wish list or you know a baker who would appreciate some of the items we just talked about. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some dessert to devour. “I’ve got hungry eyes; I feel the magic between you and I,” (sung by me to my Christmas cookies).

Are you looking for a gift for your friend or family member that is more into cooking than baking? Check out our gift guide for the chef here!

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