Alrighty then. Let’s get down to business. 👀😏 “. . . to defeat, the Huns!” 🎵 (Sorry guys, I just couldn’t help myself!)
But on a serious note, we need to talk about tools. 🛠️
I’m going to go over a lot of different, helpful tools that you’ll need to make cakes so gorgeous that they will spark jealousy in the hearts of lesser beings. And we’ll also take a quick look at a list of tool-ish tools, too. 👎🙄 Because they’re out there and nobody likes a useless tool. So I’m gonna point them out to you so that you can dodge them like the plague. 🤒
Now you might be thinking, why does any of this even matter? To which, I’d have to say, having the right tools at your disposal makes all the difference in the world. 🌎 And it can make, or break, your cake.
Everyone knows that to be a great artist, you need paint brushes and a canvas. 🎨🖌️ And when you’re building a house, you need hammers, tape measures, and saws to make all the different pieces fit together just right. Well, baking is exactly the same. Just with a few less power tools.
My point is that you need the proper tools to set you up for a successful end product. So the first rule of baking comes straight from the boy scouts: be prepared.
And with baking, preparedness starts with your kitchen. 🍴
So let me start off very, very broadly.
Whenever you’re making food in your kitchen, it requires stuff. Whether it’s a pie, a cheesecake, or spaghetti for dinner, 🍝 you need bowls, utensils, pots and pans to make it happen. And when the perfect sized bowl for the job is unavailable (either cause you don’t own it or it’s dirty) it can make your life harder.
And I don’t want your life to be hard!
So, I went ahead and made three different lists of all the things you could ever possibly need to bake a cake. And a bonus list of all the specialized cake gadgets that, in my opinion, are not worth spending your money on. 💰💰💰 (You know, the bad tools that I mentioned earlier.)
That said, PLEASE don’t use this section as a checklist. 📋❌
The last thing I want is for you to go out and buy every single item on the list before you bake your first cake. These lists are meant to be comprehensive and cover a lot of different recipe scenarios. There’s only one way to know what tools your cake recipe will need- and that’s by picking out a recipe.
But we’ll do that a little later.
Now, if you’ve ever baked before, you’re going to find a lot of the items I’m about to list incredibly familiar. Things like measuring cups, springform cake pans, frosting tips, etc. You know- baking staples.
In fact, some of these tools might even be in your cupboards right now- which is great! It means your that much closer to starting your baking adventure. 👏
But, even if you’ve never spent any time baking in a kitchen, you still might recognize some of these items.
How, you ask?
Because there is SO much overlap between baking and cooking! 🍕 + 🎂 = 😵
This means that if you’ve never baked before- but you do know how to cook yourself dinner- you should 🤞 find that you have an edge as you enter the world of baking. Because you already know the basics of how the kitchen works. You’ve used measuring cups, boiled water, and probably own some oven mitts. You might even have an apron, too.
All this to say that if you already know how to cook, your shopping list might be a little shorter. And your kitchen confidence may be a little higher. 👍
Now, if you’re reading this and you don’t fit either of these categories- you’re not a baker or a chef- that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You absolutely can. It only means that you have some extra learning to do right now to catch up to those other people. But you can do that. No problem. So I don’t want to see any worried faces out there. 😨😐😅
You got that? Good.
But enough idol chit chat! 🤐 It’s high time we get into the meat of this course. 🍗 . . . Or the cake, I guess? I don’t know. I’m not 100% sure about my analogy anymore.
Either way, I know I’m ready to move on already. So let’s get to it!
If you’re feeling ready too, then just hit the Next Lesson button to let the learning commence! 📣