With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to start getting busy in the kitchen. There’s always plenty of baking to be done throughout the festive period, with the traditional Christmas cake, treats for the kids to take into school, goodies for the office, the Christmas pud and not forgetting the cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve! To help get you kitted out, we’ve created a list of the essentials that no budding baker should be without. All that’s left to do is roll your sleeves up and get stuck in.

Get kitted out

Let’s face it – if you’re baking with the kids, or even baking on your own, things are going to get messy. So you’re going to need an apron along with some oven gloves for those hot trays and tea towels to clean the mess up afterwards. Here’s some of our favourite festive choices to get your started;

From left to right:  Robin apron – £5; Robin tea towels – £5; Robin double oven glove – £5

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Kitchen scales and measuring tools

You might like to ‘guesstimate’ when it comes to your culinary creations but there are undoubtedly some bakes that require accurate measurements. Kitchen scales are naturally the first place to start but there’s a huge variety of baking accessories out there that will make life easier as well. Make sure you’re ready to bake to perfection with these essential measuring tools;

From left to right: Electronic scales – £15; Weights and measures baking board – £6; Pyrex measuring jug – £6


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Mixing by hand

If you’re feeling energetic and you want to do everything by hand, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the right equipment to get the job done. From a large mixing bowl and whisk to handy sieves, we’ve got everything you need for your next baking bonanza.

From left to right: Wilko big mixing bowl – £2; Stainless steel whisk – £3; Flour sifter – £3

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Hand mixers and blenders

And for those jobs where you need a little extra help, look no further than our great range of blenders, mixers and food processors. With all of the power you could need, these appliances will make sure you’ll whizz through all those bakes.

From left to right: Hand blender set – £16; Hand mixer – £5.50; Wilko copper-effect stand mixer – £60

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Essential baking utensils

To perfect all those signature bakes, you won’t want to be without all those extra accessories. What baking session is complete without a spatula (to get all the cake mix out of the bowl), a cake tester (to make sure there are no soggy bottoms), a rolling pin (to create the perfect pastries) or a trusty wooden spoon?

From left to right: Pastel-coloured spatula – £2; Cake tester – £1; Rolling pin – £1.25

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Baking trays, cake tins and essentials for the oven

Nothing’s worse than a cake that’s stuck to your baking tray so prepare your baking for the oven with some essential non-stick items;

From left to right: Greaseproof paper – £1; Non-stick bun tray – £1; Non-stick 20cm deep cake tin – £1.50

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Cake decorating supplies and finishing touches

Now all of the hard work’s done – it’s time to get cracking with those all-important finishing touches. Be sure to cool your baking properly first on a wire cooling rack before adding icing and decorating. Don’t forget some pretty cake cases as well. Then how about presenting your new creations on a fancy cake stand? Now that’s a showstopper!

From left to right: Wire cooling rack – £85p; Kitchen craft icing bottles – £2.50; Cake carousel – £10

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Cake tins and stylish storage

Last but by no means least, you’ll need to find some pretty storage for those beautiful cakes, biscuits and bakes ready for when your next set of guests arrive.

From left to right: Round cake tins – £8; Cake tin and stand – £15; Whitefurze cake box– £5

If you’re pushed for time…

Sometimes even though we all have the best intentions, as the mayhem of Christmas takes over baking can become a task that gets pushed aside. But, thankfully, this needn’t be a problem this year as we’ve got some 5-minute cupcakes and cookie kits that are so easy and tasty, they’re sure to become firm favourites. Perfect if you’re wanting a quick but delicious home-made treat.

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