Great British Bake-off fans come in many varieties, from the veteran who has watched from the very first episode, to the recent convert, like myself. The great thing about the GBBO is how it has inspired ordinary people to take themselves into the kitchen and start baking.
But which kitchen implements should you invest in and which ones are a waste of Mel and Sue’s innuendoes?
We have put together a list of the gadgets that every serious and amateur baker should have:
Easy Squeezy Flower Nozzles – £26.95
Some people take hours to create amazing sugar paste flowers, others use these fabulous nozzles and save themselves a heap of time. All you do is fill a piping bag with your icing and you can make four different types of tulips and two kinds of roses.
From: squires-shop.com3 in 1 Egg Separator – £5.00
Does your heart sink when you see a recipe that says ‘separate three eggs’? Now you can crack on with this 3 in 1 egg separator. Made from sturdy plastic, it is designed to fit any bowl and features a raised edge that’s perfect to crack the eggs on. You just empty the whole egg into the separator and the yolk in left whilst the whites fall into the bowl.
From: johnlewis.comCake Boss 1-Piece Decorating Turntable – £17.99
Do you tend to walk around your cake when you are decorating it? This turntable makes icing a whole lot easier, and more fun. Feel like a professional by placing your cake on the spinning turntable and icing as you turn the cake, not walking a marathon around the kitchen.
From: amazon.co.ukWilton Easy Layer 20cm Round Cake Pan Set – £12.59
A set of four 8” pans here that you can place in the oven at the same time with handles for easy handling. They also feature a non-stick coating to make sure the cakes come out with no sticking. Wow your guests by mixing your cake batter into four different colours and sharing amongst the four pans.
From: lakeland.co.ukProfessional Sabatier Angled Blade Palette Knife – £5
A good palette knife is an essential piece of anyone’s kitchen equipment. It makes icing smooth as silk and also helps to remove tricky pastries from pans. The blade should be flexible, as this one is, and be long enough for you to slide under a whole cake without the handle sticking into the mixture.
From: ocado.comPaul Hollywood Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, Set of 3 – £19.99
Does it annoy you when you find a recipe and the measurements are all in cups? Now, thanks to Mr Hollywood himself, you can cook all the American recipes you like, as these measuring cups have US sizes as well as European.
From: johnlewis.comThermospatula Silicone Spatula & Thermometer – £11.19
Many recipes, such as jam or chocolate, call for exact temperatures. This silicone spatula works in two ways, use it to stir your mixture and gauge the temperature at the same time. The spatula is heat-resistant to 220°C and dishwasher safe and the metal part of the thermometer can be removed and used as a meat thermometer.
From: lakeland.co.ukTala Cake Leveller – £3.50
This is perfect if you need to level off an uneven sponge, or divide your cake into several layers. All you have to do is adjust the leveller to the required height and then cut away. Simple!
From: johnlewis.comGiant Cake Lifter Stainless Steel – £12.98
Anyone who has watched GBBO will have seen the showstopper rounds, where contestants gingerly take their enormous bakes up to Mary and Paul for judging. Many times a contestant has almost dropped bake because they have been so big. But we think if they had one of these giant cake lifters they would have been ok. The lifting plate measures 25cm wide.