14 Tools every home baker needs before you can think of joining Cupcake Wars (VIDEO)

Sep 3, 2014 at 3:35 p.m. ET

We've all seen Martha Stewart at work, of course. She makes baking look like a breeze.

What you don't see is all the stuff you'll need to be as good a baker as she is. So we made you a list of all your absolute must-haves in the kitchen. You're welcome. Just don't forget us when you finally win Cupcake Wars.

  1. Differently shaped spatulas. One for spreading, one for scraping and smoothing and one for frosting.
  2. Two scoops. One to scoop cookie dough and another for ice cream, because we know you want to try this super-easy homemade ice cream recipe right now.
  3. A big and small whisk. Big whisks are better for batter, while a small whisk works well for ingredients like eggs.
  4. A rolling pin.
  5. The key to baking is measuring, so invest in measuring spoons.
  6. You'll also need measuring cups. (Those are the bigger ones.)
  7. Glass bowls to easily separate your dry and wet ingredients.
  8. A cookie sheet with a rim.
  9. A cookie sheet without a rim — because there is a difference. Fine, we'll explain: A rimless cookie sheet is best for cookies, because it makes it easier to slide the cookies onto a rack or parchment paper for cooling.
  10. Cooling racks (for sliding the aforementioned cookies onto).
  11. 9 x 9-inch pan.
  12. Two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans, because no one wants a square cake.
  13. 9 x 11-inch pan.
  14. A mixer — either a handheld or a stand mixer is fine.

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