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Best Gifts for Bakers

Dec 1, 2020 | Food

I was inspired to write this post after drawing a baking-mad colleague for virtual Secret Santa at work. The limit of £10 including postage doesn’t leave much room for creativity but I had fun looking for inspiration – some of my favourite gift ideas for bakers – at Christmas or any other time of year – are below:

Madeleine Tray

Madeleine Cake TIn

Madeleine’s are beautiful light French cakes, but you can only make them at home if you have the proper tin. At just £12, this one nearly snuck in as a Secret Santa option:

Beautiful Cake Stands

Beautiful Cake Stands

Anthropologie is one of those shops I can spend hours in, wanting to buy everything but leaving with nothing because it’s all just a little bit expensive and feels like too much of a luxury. The perfect combination for gifts!

Their homeware section is incredible and I especially love these gorgeous glass cake stands:

Lovely Cake Tins

Lovely Cake TIns!

No baker ever has enough cake tins and we always end up transporting cakes to work and to family occasions in random Tupperware boxes that get icing smeared all over the lid. This won’t be a problem for the baker in your life when you gift them these stunning hummingbird print cake tins:

Silicone Baking Mats

Yes, these are practical rather than completely lust-worthy, but any baker always likes to upgrade their kit to ensure a perfect bake every time. Silicone baking mats are easy to clean and perfect for making cookies, macarons and anything else that you really don’t want to get stuck to your baking tray.

Haquno 4pieces Silicone Baking Mats, Non-Slip Washable Reusable Baking Tray, Heat-Resistant Cooking Bakeware Mat, BPA Free
  • Perfect baking every time: Haquno’s silicone bakeware is designed to provide even heat distribution, which means that all your baking is cooked evenly for consistent results. Our excellent bakeware can withstand temperatures from freezing to 230°/450°F! Perfect for making cute biscuits, crunchy grilled vegetables or wonderful macarons, which slip off the mat effortlessly.
  • Create delicious fat-free dishes: Thanks to Haquno, a healthy diet eliminates the need for housework! Due to the non-stick surface of our mat, no fat, oil, spray or butter is needed. Our rubber pastry mat allows you to cook like a professional chef in your own home and cook low-fat meals that the whole family can enjoy. We have carefully designed the bakeware with bright, fun and friendly colors, so you can also make your children excited about healthy eating
  • 4 different sizes: 16.5 inches × 11.4 inches; 14.7 inches × 9.8 inches; 12.9 inches × 9 inches; 11.6 inches × 8.4 inches
  • Easy to clean: just wash the silicone baking mat with water or put it in the dishwasher for cleaning. It can be rolled up or folded for storage, occupying only a small space in a drawer or cabinet
  • Non-stick surface: Since our mat is a non-stick surface, no fat, oil, spray or butter is needed.

Copper Measuring Cups and Spoons

Fancy Measuring Spoons - Copper

All bakers secretly (or publicly, in my case), want to be Nigella. She has all the best kit, including lots of expensive looking copper accessories. These measuring cups and spoons look way more expensive than they are, and come from John Lewis’s Croft Collection – one I can personally vouch for as it is where all our wedding presents are from.

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Collapsible Cooling Rack

Confession, I don’t actually have one of these and didn’t realise how much I was missing it until I remembered my Mum using it every time we baked jam tarts. If your baker likes to bake in bulk – cupcakes, cookies, tarts etc – they need multiple cooling racks in their life. This one collapses for easy storage.

Wilton Folding Cooling Rack, 3 Tier, 25.4cm x 40.6cm (10in x 16in)
  • Cool dozens of biscuits or other small treats on an expandable cooling rack
  • Collapsible for easy storage
  • Colour: Black
  • Size: 25.4cm wide x 40.6cm tall (10in x 16in) assembled
  • Before first and after each use, hand-wash in warm, soapy water; rinse and dry thoroughly

Kitchen Tongs

Best Kitchen Tongs

Never underrate how essential a pair of tongs are in the kitchen. Not just useful for the BBQ, tongs are the best tool for flipping and checking and turning all sorts of bakes. These jazzy red ones would make a great gift:

Piping Nozzles and Bags

Piping Bags for Bakers

I couldn’t talk about the best gifts for bakers without going to the paradise that is Lakeland. As you might have noticed from my previous recommendations, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, and this is where Lakeland falls down. However, they do have EVERYTHING a baker could want and are particularly well-stocked with all things to do with shaping and icing.

I’d go for these metal piping nozzles but with a set of disposable piping bags. Usually, I’m keen on all things re-usable, but life is too short to wash piping bags…

Cookbooks

I’ve been a fan of the Great British Bake Off for many years and find myself using recipes from former contestants all the time. They are always really well researched and presented, and often especially inventive with great twists and innovations.

It was released back in 2013, but my most-used baking book is by 2012 Bake Off winner John Whaite. I especially love the ginger nut and white chocolate tart, and the creamy baked ‘lonewolf’ eggs.

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John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood
  • Hardcover Book
  • John Whaite (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 04/25/2013 (Publication Date) - Headline (Publisher)

Released more recently is Edd Kimber’s ‘One Tin Bakes’ – I love this concept as it uses just one tin for everything, meaning it’s really accessible for people who don’t have all the kit. Edd shares loads of content from the book on his Instagram too.

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One Tin Bakes: Sweet and simple traybakes, pies, bars and buns
  • Hardcover Book
  • Kimber, Edd (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 06/25/2020 (Publication Date) - Kyle Books (Publisher)

Benjamina Ebuehi was a GBBF contestant a few years ago and has received great acclaim for her first book ‘The New Way to Cake’. I love how she uses interesting flavours like nuts, spices and herbs to make her recipes stand out but generally keeps the method simple. The photography in this book is also stunning.

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New Way to Cake, The: Simple Recipes with Exceptional Flavor
  • Ebuehi, Benjamina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 12/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Page Street Publishing (Publisher)
Katie Greywood

Katie Greywood

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Katie is a contributing editor on Bacchanalian. An excellent home cook with an intuition about balancing texture, flavour and seasoning to create recipes which don't break the budget.
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