In order to make even the most basic of cakes, some Baking Equipment are absolutely necessary. You require good , Baking Equipment but it does not necessarily have to be expensive. You do not require all sort of gadgets and tools which will collect dust and take up space in your cabinet.
You require a good oven for starters and some pans, cake tins and baking sheets.Here an idiot-proof guide to getting some basic but essential equipment and tools to stock an empty kitchen..so fear not!
I use a gas oven and have made cakes in electric and convection ovens. Temperatures may differ from oven to oven, so it is best that you check the operating manual of your oven to ensure your cakes and breads come out perfectly. You many use the temperatures specified in the recipes in this website as a guide, though! I have not used a microwave ovens for purposes of baking as I’m an old-school advocate of gas, convection and electric ovens
Cake Pans come in various shapes and sizes. The Cake Pans I use are generally do not have a non-stick coating as such, I grease them by brushing butter or sunflower oil on the pans before pouring the cake mixture into the cake pans. The following pans can be substituted for each other as they have almost the same capacity although you will need to adjust the temperature/cooking time of the oven accordingly.
- 20 cm ring pan
- 14cm X 21cm loaf pan
- 20cm baba pan
- deep 20cm round cake pan – this is mostly commonly used to bake fruit cakes.
- 2 X 8cm X 26cm bar pans
- Other basic pans
This can be purchased in most good baking appliances store in various shapes and sizes. Loaf Tins are used for baking breads and tea breads.
Rectangular cake tin
This is used to make cakes that are cut into slices as the cake will be shallow but large. This cake tin can also be used for making cakes and bake recipes that require layering of cakes/sponges between icing/frosting.
This is used for making ring-shaped cakes (including this Bengkang recipe) and angel cakes.
Square cake tins
These are most commonly used cake tins for making square cakes that are cut into slices.
Other Baking Equipment
You will require these in order to mix ingredients for creaming purposes for cakes, icings and frostings.You can find these in any supermarket or specialty baking equipment store and it comes in various sizes.
You cannot bake anything without a weighing scale! Its an absolute essential. I have two in my kitchen…one small one that is portable, easy-to-clean and mobile and a large one for those massive cupcakes bakes. The small one may be portable but I’m yet to take along with me anywhere else… so you’re better just having a medium-sized one in your kitchen.
Non-stick Baking Paper
You need these for lining cake tins and baking sheets when baking cookies, biscuits and meringues.