Our Favorite Summer Baking and Kitchen Gear
Get your kitchen ready for summer with seasonal decor and gadgets that are perfect for warm weather and cool recipes.
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Come summertime, we’re all craving frozen treats. Sure, you can get some good ice cream sandwiches at the store (these are our editors’ favorites), but you can make even more delicious versions yourself. The easiest way is with a handy ice cream sandwich mold. You can bake the cookies right in the silicone mold and freeze your favorite ice cream into corresponding shapes while the wafers bake. Need some flavor inspo? Check out these homemade ice cream sandwich ideas.
We know you’re not going to change up your KitchenAid mixer to suit the seasons, but you can easily swap out the accessories to make your favorite appliance ready for summer. This leafy bowl adds a touch of tropical flair to your kitchen. Plus, having an extra bowl is always handy when you’re a busy baker.
When warm weather hits, we all love to be out on the patio—or porch or balcony or poolside—with a cocktail or fresh beverage. To stay safe, it’s best to use plastic drinkware in these situations. But don’t think you have to sacrifice style for safety! West Elm has a gorgeous collection of acrylic drinkware for easy sipping.
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to refresh your kitchen for the seasons is to update your dish towels. A fresh set of towels hanging off the oven door looks bright and clean. Be sure to lean into the season, like with these fruit and veggie towels from Anthropologie that show off the produce we all hope to pick up at the next farmers market.
Who doesn’t love a Bundt cake? They’re delicious and the pan does all the decorative work. While classic Bundt pans work all year, it is fun to have a seasonal option like this octopus pan. It’s super cute and is perfect for summery treats like this margarita cake.
Taking a refrigerated treat to a friend’s place? Want to keep that dozen eggs cold on your way home from the farmers market? Bringing a chilled bottle of bubbly to book club? Don’t settle for ugly ice packs or clunky coolers. An insulated tote like this will keep your foods at the right temp—plus it’s absolutely adorable!
Summer is the perfect time to bake up plenty of fruit pies and no-bake pies (you know, when it’s just a little too hot to turn on the oven). Make sure that your pie dish is just as pretty as your bake. We think this ceramic pie plate really fits the bill.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy so many fresh fruits in your baked goods, including fresh cherries. Once you harvest these tart and tiny beauties, you do need to pit them. It can be a little tedious, but this OXO Good Grips cherry pitter lets you pit the fruit six at a time. The work will go faster so you can enjoy these fresh cherry recipes sooner.
Keep your sundresses clean and cover up in the kitchen with a brand-new apron. This Hedley and Bennett apron features a pretty Rifle Paper Co. print—and it’s available in kids’ sizes so you and your mini can match while whipping up some cute summer cookies.
There’s nothing sweeter than making your own homemade ice cream. And with an easy-to-use ice cream maker, you can get started making your own pints ASAP. And this gadget from Cuisinart doesn’t just stop at ice cream; use it to make frozen yogurt and sorbet, too.
So you made homemade ice cream? Now, you need the right kind of container to store it. These specially designed ice cream tubs from Tovolo are double insulated so your ice cream is freezer burn-free. And the long shape makes it easier to get perfect scoops—ideal for topping these desserts.
The easiest way to transform any cake or cookie into a summertime treat is with a little decoration. This watermelon sprinkle mix from Wilton screams summer! Need an excuse to use them? Try these watermelon cupcakes.
Summertime is berry time. But we all know that berries have a pretty short shelf life. Keep your strawberries, raspberries and blueberries fresher for longer with a special berry basket. Specially designed produce keepers really do work, and we love how this model looks like the cardboard baskets you see at the market.
Another easy way to update your kitchen for the warmer months is by swapping out your old kitchen rug for something fun and fresh. This cushioned sunflower mat from GelPro is perfect for summertime. Find out why this comfy mat is a must-have in our editor’s kitchen all year.
This time of year, we’re adding a splash of citrus to everything. Desserts, cocktails and even grill-ready marinades benefit from a bit of fresh lime, lemon or orange juice. Be sure to get every last drop out of that fruit with a good citrus squeezer like this one from OXO.
It’s the time of the year for backyard barbecues, picnics and trips to the lake. All these shindigs require a dish to pass—but not inside a dish that will shatter in the cooler. For all-in-one mixing and serving, we like these plastic Nordic Ware mixing bowls in seaside hues—complete with lids. Stir up your favorite pasta salad (no skidding with the silicone-bottomed bowls), pop on the top and get a move on.
Summer means more fresh produce than ever, and we love it! Make your prep work easy by snagging a few extra paring knives. These cute patterned knives are perfect for slicing strawberries for shortcake, peaches for pie or even a few pineapple wedges for a piña colada.