Baking Tools Our Chefs and Recipe Creators Swear By
by Laura Barns
Development Chef and trained Pastry Chef, Flo, shared some of the kitchen baking utensils she couldn’t live without. Our recipe creator Valentina also gave us a list of the baking tools she’s always armed with.
If you want to say goodbye to slicing your vegan Victoria sponge cakes with unscented dental floss (a genius hack, to be honest) then this is the tool for you. This leveller changed Flo’s life, and there’s a rumour going around the allplants kitchen that she even takes it on holiday with her (I may have started that).
Ever wondered how Val’s measurements are always on point in her recipes? Wonder no more. These are her favourite scales (imagine having favourite scales) which she uses for every recipe she develops.
Also called a 'cranked' or 'angled' palette knife, this is Flo’s secret weapon for spreading buttercream, icing and chocolate ganache on her vegan cakes. But it’s not just for cake coverings and fillings. It’s also perfect for placing small icing models and plaques onto your bakes, and is just the job for trimming the edges of icing sheets once they’ve been placed over a cake.
Val relies on everything OXO, but these measuring spoons are her personal favourites. The handles have soft, comfortable, non-slip grips and colour-coded, easy-to-read measurement markings. So there’s no excuse for adding extra sugar to your cakes ‘by accident’. Sad face.
Are you over getting dizzy every time you decorate a cake, having to run around it to tend to each side? Enter Flo’s favourite cake decorating turntable – a smoothly rotating cake stand that allows you to achieve your best icing yet. It allows you to turn the top as you work to achieve smooth, consistent application with your piping bag and other decorative details.
There are few people on the planet who love dough as much as Val does, and this nifty tool is the true love of her life. This scraper is exceptionally strong and robust, allowing you to manipulate and move even the stickiest of dough with ease. (If you’re on a budget, she also shared that cheap plastic ones work just as well, also available from Nisbets).
By Laura Barns
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.