It’s official. Along with the rest of the nation, we at Ideal Home have well and truly caught Bake Off fever and a (secret) sweepstake is readily under way. Chatter in the office each Thursday morning covers not only the wonderful bakes, the disastrous makes, the both questionable and utterly impressive showstoppers, Mary’s colourful jackets of choice, Mel and Sue’s saucy double entendre’s and what brand of cake mixers are being used this season (check out Girl About Tech for all the juicy goss there), it also covers what an amazing array of baking accessories are always on hand for the plucky contestants to create culinary magic.
And so in homage to this, (and because who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon looking at gorgeous baking porn) we’ve collated a round up of our fav baking essentials to make Mary and Paul proud.
Before you begin your baking journey, be sure to have the loveliest linen’s, the most gorgeous gloves and amazing aprons, all the ready. 1. Cake Typography Tea Towel, £8.95, Rock Bakehouse. 2. Woodland Rose Gauntlet, £14, Cath Kidston. 3. Oil Cloth Stargazey pie apron, £16, Seasalt. 4. Dachshund cotton apron, £35, Fenella Smith. 5. Baking delight tea towels, £9.95 each, Victoria Eggs. 6. Love AGA Oven gloves, £25, AGA Cookshop. 7. Cream tea tea towel, £6.50, Seasalt. 8. Love AGA Apron, £27, AGA Cookshop. 9. Jelly and Cake oven gloves in mustard, £27, Thornback & Peel at Amara.
No soggy bottoms or crumbling crusts will be in sight if you’re sure to weigh out ingredients correctly, and any of these scales will do the job in style. 1. Woodland rose digital scales, £20, Cath Kidston. 2. Cream Vintage Scales, £20.99, Amazon. 3. Green vintage shop scales, £49.95, Dotcomgiftshop. 4. Mini scales in green, £6, George.
Display your bakes in style and with pride on a pretty cake stand. 1. Rosalie cake stand, £29.50, Marks and Spencer. 2. Floral cake stand, £16, Marks and Spencer. 3. Marble cake stand with copper base, £55, Oliver Bonas. 4. Woodland rose wooden cake stand, £40, Cath Kidston. 5. Bluebellgray hand painted cake stand, £48, Houseology.
It’s all about mixing up your cake mixture in style and hand beaten somehow always tastes better. Then of course you’ll need to keep your bakes fresh (if they’re not demolished immediately like ours usually are!) so a pretty cake tin will be needed for that. 1. Ben di Lisi cake tin, £18 for 2, Debenhams. 2. Vintage cake tins, £25 for 2, The Contemporary Home. 3. Bohemian cake tins, £15 for 2, Marks and Spencer. 4. Mason Cask Bake my day Batter mixing bowl, £12, Wilko. 5. Medium mixing bowl, £10, Sainsbury’s 6. Parma Violets Floral ceramic mixing bowl, £28, Laura Ashley.
And just because we couldn’t resist them, a few more of our fav baking buys! Happy baking everyone!! 1. McDougall’s Flour shaker, £8, Imperial War Musuem. 2. Truly Alice Teapot cake stands, £4.94 for 6, Luck and Luck. 3. Chevron cake bunting, from a selection at Candle & Cake. 4. woodland rose spatula, £6, Cath Kidston. 5. Gold cake slice, £16, House of Fraser. 6. OMG Cake! Personalised cake fork, from £17.50, The Cutlery Commission.
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