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19 Essential Cake Supplies Every Home Cook Needs

The star of any party is always the cake. Be prepared to make a showstopper for any occasion with a good collection of cake supplies. Check out our favorite tools.

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The Essential Cake Baking Supplies Every Home Cook NeedsSydney Watson/Taste of Home

Whether you’re just getting started with some easy cake recipes or are a star baker who loves to make gorgeous layer cakes, you’ll need a few cake supplies to make these desserts. A few basics like good pans and spatulas can get you far with any recipe you choose. Check out our cake-making must-haves.

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Nordic Ware Prism Baking Panvia

13×9 Pan

If you’re just starting out baking, let a 13×9 be your first cake supplies purchase. You can bake up so many tasty and simple 13×9 cake recipes in one. While there are lots of pretty pans to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a basic aluminum one that will last for ages.

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Round Cake Pans

Layer cakes are the pride and joy of many bakers. Be sure to stock up on enough round cake pans to make baking up these beauties a bit easier. Start with a pack of two from Taste of Home‘s new bakeware line and go from there.

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Cake Spatulas

Whether you’re frosting a sheet cake, layer cake or cupcakes, you’ll want to have a spatula at the ready. We recommend grabbing a couple to suit whatever size bake you’re frosting. Try this gorgeous icing spatula set from baker Courtney Rich.

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Bundt Pan

For an impressive-looking cake without all the fuss, grab an elegant Bundt pan. The gorgeous designs give your cakes all the decoration they need, though a dusting of powdered sugar never hurts.

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Cake Pan Spray

If your cakes are prone to sticking, a specialty cake spray is the way to go. This brand has flour included in the spray and works on even the most intricate nooks and crannies.

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Cake Pan Wraps

Dedicated bakers swear by these cake pan wraps. They help you bake up nice and level cake rounds for easier stacking. Just give them a quick soak in water and wrap them around your pans before baking. They’ll keep the outsides of the pans from getting too hot and the edges of your cake from baking too quickly.

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Cupcake Pan

There are so many adorable cupcake recipes out there to try. Be sure you’re ready to bake some up with a good cupcake pan or two.

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Parchment Baking Cups

These cute paper liners give bakers the best of both worlds: Your cupcakes will pop out of each cup with ease and your baking pan will be simple to clean.

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Mini Cupcake Pan

If you have a cupcake pan, you’ll surely want a mini cupcake pan, too. It’ll come in handy for making bite-sized desserts of all kinds.

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Sheet Pans

Feeding a crowd? Try a simple but tasty sheet cake. Since you’ll be turning to these recipes again and again, you’ll want a good sheet pan. This one from Nordic Ware is our Test Kitchen’s favorite.

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Cake Turntable

Serious cake bakers and decorators will never regret adding a decorating turntable to their collection of cake supplies. This lazy Susan-like tool allows you to spin your layered cakes to help achieve even layers of icing and beautiful finishes. It makes decorating even a simple cake such a breeze.

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Piping Bags and Tips

If you want to go above and beyond with your decorating, invest in a few simple cake supplies. Piping bags and a few pastry tips can really give your bakes that professional touch. Really serious about decorating? Check out these frosting tools. Also check out how to use a piping bag the right way.

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Batter Bowl

Don’t spill a drop of your precious cake batter. Thanks to its handy spout, this easy-pour batter bowl makes transferring a breeze. Plus, it’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

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Cake Leveler

To level off the top of a cake or to split a layer into two, you can rely on a good eye, a steady hand and a serrated knife. For those that don’t want to risk uneven layers, rely on a cake leveler. It’ll help you get even layers every time.

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Cake Tester

Yes, you can absolutely test cake doneness with a toothpick. However, if you’re baking a thicker cake like a Bundt, you’ll struggle to hit the center of the cake with a small toothpick. That’s where a cake tester really comes in handy.

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Cake Lifter

Moving a cake from your turntable onto a cake stand can be pretty nerve-wracking. Make the job easier with a cake lifterThis extra-wide spatula slides under your cake and makes it easy to move from plate to plate.

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Cake and Cupcake Carrier

Baking a cake or a batch of cupcakes? Surely you’re taking them somewhere to share. Invest in a cake carrier—this one also can carry cupcakes—to transport your goodies safely.

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Decorative Pan

If you don’t have time to frost your cake, let a decorative pan do all of the work for you. With this pan, the design bakes directly into your sponge. Get more cake decorating tips here.

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Cake Stand

Display your finished cake with pride! This retro-inspired stand (which comes in three sizes) is perfect for showcasing one of our top 10 cake recipes.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.