Years ago, when I had a cooking school, one of my colleagues who took my classes said that she had to question her commitment to baking because when she returned to Japan she didn't have room in her small apartment for all the equipment that seemed necessary.More recently, Nicole Martella who works at William Morrow, publishing home of The Cake Bible, expressed the same sentiment. So I decided to list the absolute essentials for baking most cakes. And there really aren't many nor do they take up a lot of space. Those of you familiar with this blog and my work know how devoted I am to weighing. And a scale takes up about the same space as the alternative of measuring cups for solid and liquid ingredients. I didn't list things like wooden toothpicks for cake testing and parchment to line cake pans which I consider to be staples. A hand held mixer A scale (preferably My Weigh: Model number KD7000 My Weigh KD 8000 Digital Weighing Scale or A set of measuring cups (preferably pourfect)POURfect® MEASURING CUP SET 9 PC (SATIN COPPER) A cup for measuring liquids (preferably pourfect beaker)Pourfect 4 Cup Beaker A set of measuring spoons (preferably pourfect)Pourfect 12-Piece Plus Leveler Measuring Spoon Set, Empire Red A sifter or strainer A 9 inch by 2 inch cake pan (preferably Chicago Metallic)Chicago Metallic Non Stick 9-Inch Round Cake Pan A 10 cup fluted tube pan (preferably Nordicware) Nordic Ware Pro Cast Original Bundt Pan Two wire cooling racks, preferably Combrichon An instant read thermometer such as a ThermapenSplash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen - Instant Read Thermometer, Perfect for Barbecue, Home and Professional Cooking or CDN CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Pocket Thermometer A silicone spatula reserved for baking A reliable recipe A baking spray containing flour, preferably Baker's Joy
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