In this article you will learn about the things needed to make a cake at home. Making cakes at home is a real pleasure: it is relaxing, it leaves the house smelling really homely and there is no problem when it comes to enjoying them for breakfast, coffee or snack.
When it comes to preparing sponge cake at home there are several cake baking utensils that are essential if you want to work in a really comfortable and efficient way. So if you are going to start preparing cakes, here is our basic cake utensils.
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1. A Large Bowl
Forget working on bowls that are just the right size or with corners. It is important to have a round bowl that is large enough, both to ensure that all the ingredients fit and to work the dough comfortably. It can be made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel. I like this one
2. A Scale
To have good results, it is important to use the exact amount of each of the ingredients in the recipe that you are going to prepare, so you definitely need a kitchen scale.
It can be mechanical, like the most charming one we have in the store, or electrical, always so precise and taking up little space, like the WMF digital scale.
3. A Suitable Spatula
How is a cake spatula suitable for preparing sponge cakes? Without a doubt, it is important that it be wide to work the dough well and do it comfortably; in addition it must also be flexible to adapt to the bowl correctly and drag the dough from the walls. My recommendation is to use a wide silicone spatula.
One of the most popular is Stainless Steel Angled Icing Spatulas (with a 7×11.5cm head!), With a wooden Non-Slip handle, apart from being beautiful, is very comfortable and allows the upper part to be separated for a perfect cleaning.
4. A Wire Whisk
Without a doubt, manual rods are essential in baking. They help you whip, mix and add air to the mix. We recommend this one because they are wide, professional quality rods with a very good grip and a finish that ensures you can withstand the force and wear that is exerted with them.
Having some electric rods can be a plus in many recipes since you will save time and save energy. In this case, I recommend Kitchen Aid electric rods, whose motor provides greater power than others and does not get hot.
In the case of making a lot of pastries, whipping egg whites, and being used to preparing bread or very dense dough, a Kitchen Aid mixer will undoubtedly be your best helper in the kitchen.
5. A Removable Mold
There are many different molds: you can prepare cakes in ceramic molds, shaped molds, bundt molds … but if we talk about the basics, in my opinion a non-stick removable round mold will serve you for any cake you want to prepare.
What I do recommend is that it be a quality mold: the molds are exposed to high temperatures in the oven, so it is important that they have a good non-stick if you want it to last you with its non-stick properties intact for a long time. Likewise, take care of it! Do not use metal utensils on it and always wash it by hand.
And if you want to have a two-in-one mold, we have a little treasure in store, the Birkmann two-base mold.
6. Egg and Whites Separator
We already commented in the post “How to make a sponge cake” that a good way to ensure that the dough rises well is to beat whites and yolks separately. To do this, having a separator for whites and eggs is very useful. Click here to check our recommendation.
7. Flour Sifter
It is vital to aerate the flour to make the cake rise more easily and so that there are no lumps in the dough. Hence the importance of sifting the flour! We love the Premier Housewares 806253 , which is spacious, quick to use (with four shakes you quickly sift all the amount of flour you require), it does not spoil since it does not offer any mechanism and it is all made of stainless steel; It also offers four different meshes, so you can give it various uses in the kitchen.
There are so many other things that bakers certainly have at home, from a cooling rack to an oven thermometer to ensure the correct temperature, or a rolling pin to flatten the dough that require it, measuring spoons, a cake knife, a pastry bag. … But I think that with these 7 magnificent ones that you have seen, you will have more than enough to start preparing a rich, fluffy and delicious sponge cake.
I hope this article helped you find the things needed to make a cake at home. You may also want to see our list of the best cake recipes for beginners.