Best baking essentials inspired by the Great British Bake Off 2022: tools to make showstopping cakes, cookies and pies

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Channel 4 hits include Paul and Pru from the Great British Bake-Off (Channel 4/Love Productions)
Channel 4 hits include Paul and Pru from the Great British Bake-Off (Channel 4/Love Productions)

One of the best things about Autumn is the return of Great British Bake Off to our screens.

The show’s been on air since 2010, delighting the nation with rounds of soggy bottoms, burnt meringues, sunken souffles as Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas make half-baked innunedos.

This year, the fresh batch of contestants is as delightfully mixed as a box of variety biscuits, and will go head-to-head in baking battle to win judge Paul Hollywood’s approval - not to mention the coveted GBBO crown.

It’s compelling stuff, and easy to feel inspired after each show - if even if your baking CV doesn’t go much beyond burning toast.

If you’re thinking about embarking on a cookery adventure, there are some tools you’ll need to have before you can get started.

Whether you’re a complete novice or have wept over plenty of shruken pastry in your time, here are the baking essentials every budding baker needs in their kitchen.

KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer 5KSM175PSBIC

There’s no doubt that the KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic - and for good reason. This machine is built to last with a solid die-cast metal body, and has a range of options for useful additional attachments, such as the pasta cutters and rollers that slot into the front.

Using the machine is as easy as turning it on and pulling the lever up to the speed you want. The head tilts up smoothly to change the mixing tool to suit your needs. Although it’s only 300W, it is strong enough to work tough bread dough. But is it worth the hefty price tag? While this mixer is a must-have for professional chefs, it’s not for those who just want to take it out of the cupboard every couple of months because of how heavy it is - 10.4kg!

Buy now £449.00, AO

Russell Hobbs Polka Dot Stand Mixer

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this stand mixer is a lot more expensive than it actually is. Its sturdy body, smooth design and powerful motor at 1000W make for a very cost-efficient machine. It comes with a five litre bowl, big enough for most home baking jobs, and the standard whisk, beater and dough hook.

The knob to tilt the head up requires a rather strong grip to turn all the way, otherwise it makes a bit of a crunching sound if you lift it prematurely. Despite this, the mixer is perfect for cakes and meringues, and decent for bread dough even if the dough hook isn’t as curved as you might like. We also love this colourful Emma Bridgewater collaboration making this stand mixer a perfect addition to any kitchen.

Buy now £190.00, Emma Bridgewater

Breville HeatSoft Hand Mixer

Once upon a time you may have had to toil over a mixing bowl until your arms were sore to soften butter, but Breville’s latest hand mixer does away with all the pain so that baking is pure pleasure.

The HeatSoft Hand Mixer heats the whisk attachment using warm air to bring fridge-cold butter up to room temperature 12 times faster than before.

It comes with three attachments, a pair of beaters, two dough Hook and a whisk, giving you the freedom to try your hand at everything from cupcakes to whipped cream.

Buy now £46.10, Amazon

Tefal Cake Factory

Take the stress out of baking with Tefal’s saviour Cake Factory machine. Choose from five automatic programmes to set the temperature, or use the manual mode to take control if you’re feeling more confident, and follow your recipe to create consistent results every time.

With silicone mini cupcake or muffin moulds, pick your option and in a matter of minutes, you are presented with perfectly spongey and light cakes to sink your teeth into. There is a recipe booklet and cooling rack included. Ready for that star baker award?

Buy now £109.99, Amazon

Dunelm Homestead Rabbit Cake Plate

Once you’ve got your killer cake recipe down pat, it’s time to impress friends and family with it - and any cook worth their salt knows that presentation is often half the battle. Whether you’re putting a fresh batch of brownies on the table or finishing a dinner party with a homemade cheesecake, this bunny-themed cake plate allows you to show it off in sweet, sweet style. The clay plate is delicate, so handwash only.

Buy now £25.00, Dunelm

MacKenzie-Childs - Royal Check Fluted Cake Stand

Bring some style to your next baking moment with this blue and white checked cake stand from MacKenzie-Childs. The fluted edge brings an extra dimension to your creations, no matter how modest.

Buy now £608.00, Amara

L'OBJET Haas Fox Cake Stand - Small

Silly and joyful, we reckon you could put lumpy wet batter on this cake stand and still come first for looks alone. From L’Objet, known for its whimsical designs, comes this handmade glass and 24k gold plated cake stand, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. Perfect for birthdays or brightening up lacklustre dinner parties, the fantastical design sits on three feet and features a blue handle on top of the cloche.

Buy now £1410.00, Amara

Nathalie Lete Apron

Protect your clothing from flying flour, wet batter and egg spills in style. French designer Nathalie Lete’s illustrated apron is full of details so exquisite you’ll be hard pressed to take it off. The cotton one-size piece comes with a stitched belt which ties on the reverse and is machine washable.

Buy now £36.00, Anthropologie

ProCook Non-Stick Bakeware Set

Whether you plan to make muffins for the office cake sale or want to have a go at baking your own bread, this 10-piece set of non-stick bakeware will help you achieve your cooking goals.

For your money, you’ll get a small and medium baking tray, 15 and 20cm springform cake tins, brownie tin, loaf pan, small and medium roasting tin, pizza tray and a bun sheet all made with heavy-duty carbon steel that will stay looking like new no matter how many times you sling it in the oven.

Dishwasher safe, and comes with a 10 year guarantee.

Buy now £89.00, ProCook

Anthropologie Heritage Bundt Pan

Made from cast aluminium and oven safe to 400-degrees, this shaped tin will help you form a prize-worthy bundt cake. It also wins on the aesthetics front with a gleaming gold-coloured exterior.

Buy now £48.00, Anthropologie

Bacofoil Non Stick Baking Paper 380mm x 10m

Although it’s ideal for lining cake tins and pastry cases, this non-stick paper is a lifesaver for so much more. Keep it on standby for wrapping sandwiches, cheeses and meats. 10m a roll.

Buy now £2.50, Wilko

MOACC Silicone Spatula Set of 5

Whether you’re a home cook or a master chef in the making, this colourful set of silicone spatulas make the perfect assistant. They’re fitted with a stainless steel skeleton and covered with BPA Free and FDA Approved silicone that can withstand temperatures up to a scorching 260°C. The smooth plastic means there’s nowhere for bacteria to hide, making silicone the most hygienic option around.

Buy now £10.99, Amazon

Webake 4 Inch Mini Tart Pan Set of 6

These carbon steel mini tartlet tins will help you master the art of making all kinds of tarts, be they sweet or savory.

Finished with a non-stick coating for an easy release of the single-serving bites, the loose bases make easing out the baked tarts even easier. Once you’re done, stack them all in the dishwasher for fuss-free cleaning.

Buy now £30.00, Amazon

Dunelm Blush Silicone Double Oven Glove

If you can’t stand the heat... get a pair of these silicone oven gloves. The smooth material can withstand oven-fresh trays and are water resistant so there’s no chance of scalding yourself, even if you happen to spill something.

Also available in black, grey and yellow.

Buy now £12.00, Dunelm

Lakeland Cooling Rolling Pin

The secret to perfect pastry is keeping it cool so it doesn’t stick. Simply fill the hollow inner with cold water to keep the metal shell cold, and away you go. There’s also a pocket at one end of the rolling pin to store flour or icing sugar for dusting.

The pin is also marked with measurements in inches on one side and centimetres on the other, so you can easily see when it’s time to stop rolling your pastry.

Buy now £14.99, Lakeland

JosephJoseph Nest Measuring Cups

Baking is about precision; exact temperatures and ingredients. Get the measurements you need with this brightly coloured set of measuring spoons. The stack features 8 sizes, from ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) up to 1 cup (250 ml).

Buy now £12.00, JosephJoseph

Salter Aquaweigh Mechanical Baking Scale

If you’re planning a big bake, you’ll need tools that can keep up. This scale supports a 4L bowl in which you can add your ingredients. You can even weigh out multiple ingredients in the same bowl with the help of the clever Add & Weigh feature. The bowl is dishwasher safe.

Buy now £18.00, Argos

Wilton Three Tier Recipe Right Cooling Rack

Set your cookies and cakes on this compact three-tier rack to cool before you go to town with the icing and other decorations. Once you’re finished, the rack collapses flat for easy storage.

Buy now £10.99, The Cake Decorating Company

JosephJoseph - 9 Piece Multi-Coloured ‘Nest 9 Plus’ Nesting Bowl Set

Baking is about precision; exact temperatures and ingredients. Get the measurements you need with this brightly coloured set of measuring spoons and bowls. The stack features cups from 1 teaspoon to 1 cup to be made

Buy now £60.00, JosephJoseph

Tala Ceramic Baking Beans

Give your pastry every chance of succeeding with the help of these ceramic balls. The baking beans help to distribute weight more evenly for perfect bakes straight out of the oven.

Buy now £5.00, Dunelm