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Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Cool Tools for Bakers and Cakers 12/14/2012

   If you’re struggling to find a gift for the baker or cake decorator in your life, here are five cool tools to check out.  And, because I’m a budget conscious gal, the most expensive item is just under $50.

   Except for my last suggestion, I own all of these products, love them, and use them just about every time I’m in the kitchen.  The last item is on my Christmas wish list for this year.  (I sure hope Santa is reading this…)

Kitchen Scale

  1.  OXO Food Scale – This digital scale is my BFF.  To find out why, click HERE.  What I like most about this particular scale is that it has a tare feature, so you can weigh multiple ingredients in a single container.  Also, the display pulls away from the base for easy reading.  (You don’t have to crouch down to the scale to read the weight.  Score!)

Nielsen Massey Vanilla

2.  Nielsen-Massey Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract – I first tried Nielsen-Massey’s vanilla extract a couple of years ago, at the suggestion of a baking buddy.  Since then, I won’t use anything else.  It really is that good.

Sliding Measuring Cup3.  Sliding Measuring Cup – I bought this measuring cup about 10 years ago.  It’s in great condition, even after a lot of use.  The measuring cup has an adjustable plunger that slides to cleanly eject solid ingredients.  I use it religiously to measure the shortening for my “Bakery Style” American Buttercream recipe.

Bench Scraper4.  Stainless Steel Bench Scraper – This is one product that I refuse to live without.  Sounds kind of dramatic, but it’s true.  For an awesome tutorial on how to use this tool to frost your cakes, click HERE.  Most bench scrapers have a handle that extends beyond the blade.  This one doesn’t, which makes it much, much easier to achieve a smooth, even finish on my cakes.

Culinary Torch5.  Culinary Blow Torch –  This baby is on my Christmas list for this year.  I’m super jazzed at all of the possibilities.  I’m also chomping at the bit to toast marshmallow frosting that’s piped atop some delish chocolate cupcakes.  (Please Santa, I’ve been good this year.  For the most part.)

   Hope these ideas help.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

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9 Responses to “Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Cool Tools for Bakers and Cakers”

  1. radhika25 Says:

    That scale is neat! And I love the vanilla too…

    • acakediva Says:

      I’ve only had this scale for a few weeks, but I’m hooked. I really love it because the numbers on the reader are big, so I can read it without my glasses. :) And the vanilla… I used to think all pure vanilla extract was the same. Nielsen-Massey proved me wrong. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

  2. Hope Santa is reading your blog, and brings number 5 on your list! Fingers crossed! :)

  3. mydearbakes Says:

    Great post, I had a good read =)

  4. Dan Says:

    Darn, I just found this post! Should’ve shared with my friends before Christmas :/ Would love to have gotten a blow torch.

    • acakediva Says:

      Bummer, Dan! That was the one thing I wanted for Christmas, and I got it! :) They aren’t too pricey. Maybe you should treat yourself…

  5. Leah Says:

    Great round-up. I wish I saw this before Christmas. ;)


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