10 Essential Cheesecake Baking Tools Every Home Cook Needs
Want to bake the perfect treat? We've got the cheesecake baking tools you need to make this indulgent dessert the right way.
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Who can resist a slice of rich cheesecake? This creamy, indulgent dessert is a real treat, but it does require some special cheesecake baking tools and skills (do you know about the wobble test?). Master cheesecake by investing in some of these must-haves for baking your best-ever cheesecakes. Looking for more kitchen basics? These general baking supplies were deemed best by Taste of Home staffers and our Test Kitchen team.
Cream cheese is not an ingredient you want to beat by hand. Ensure a silky-smooth filling with a powerful hand mixer ($50). This tool can also help you whip cream for a garnish.
Many of our favorite cheesecake recipes start with a basic graham cracker crust, like this one. To get a perfectly packed crust with a consistent thickness, invest in this tamper ($7). It’s a little gadget that’s more useful than you’d think!
Slightly Larger Cake Pan
Leaky pans are always a concern with cheesecakes—even with a good springform. Prevent this problem by investing in a round cake pan slightly larger than your springform ($14). This will keep any filling from oozing out into your water bath or onto the oven floor.
Many cheesecake recipes have several different components. And you’ll need bowls to prep your batter, fillings, toppings and garnishes. This 10-piece set ($24) makes it easy to keep everything organized.
When you’re folding in a delicate ingredient or transferring the batter to your springform pan, you’ll appreciate this 4-piece spatula set ($46). Plus, the smallest spatula is the perfect size for swirling jam and other fun toppings into the filling.
Large Pan for Water Bath
Using a water bath—or bain Marie—is one of the secrets to an evenly baked cheesecake. Use any large, sturdy pan for this job. We like to use a roasting pan ($55) because it’s just the right size—and it gives us a chance to make use of this pan outside of the holiday season.
Mini Cheesecake Pan
Want to serve a bakery-style cheesecake? Use this piping set ($17) to swirl gorgeous piles of whipped cream around the edge of your cooled cake. Finish the look with chocolate shavings or fresh fruit.
Take your cheesecake to the next level with a delicate drizzle. These easy-to-squeeze piping bottles ($18) give you complete control over melted chocolate, fruit puree or any other delicious garnish.