Gifts for Bakers

If you know someone working to become a professional pastry chef or an enthusiastic home baker, gifts that help them pursue their craft are sure to be a win this holiday season. The perfect gift for someone who loves to bake depends on their experience level and the type of baking they prefer. To simplify the process for you, we break down the best gifts for bakers into categories: trendy baking ingredients, cake-decorating tools, bread-making supplies, and essential baking equipment.

Baking Ingredient Gifts

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for a baker, you can't go wrong with baking ingredients. From trendy ingredients to vegan baking supplies, there are plenty of choices to suit every baker's needs. Here are some of the best baking ingredient gifts to consider:

A bottle of Nielsen-Massey Pure Orange Extract.

Nielsen-Massey Extracts — $

It's obvious when bakers use quality ingredients in their work, especially when comparing flavors. Extracts and flavorings are all about taste enhancement for batters, cocktails and drinks, and different frostings. Buying Nielsen-Massey extracts can help set their recipes apart from the competition and boost sales if they sell baked goods from home or elsewhere. Buy a bottle of each to set up your baker with a nice kit. If you can only afford one, you can never go wrong with a vanilla paste.

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Hot honey poured over white cheesecake.

Hot Honey — $

One of the most exciting trends in the culinary world is the use of hot honey, but it’s not just for savory dishes or drizzling on pizza. Its versatility extends to the world of baking, where it can add a delightful kick to your favorite sweet treats. Imagine a hot honey cheesecake, where the subtle heat of the honey cuts through the richness of the cream cheese, creating a balanced and unforgettable dessert. Try adding a drizzle of hot honey to your signature fudgy brownie recipe or a swirl of hot honey to your ice cream sundaes. Save your baker the time and effort of making hot honey themselves and purchase it for them in bulk.

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Ruby chocolate in disc and melted form in bowls next to a whisk.

Ruby Chocolate — $$

Ruby chocolate is made from ruby cacao beans, a newer cacao bean produced by Callebaut. Although it may look artificially pigmented, ruby chocolate's red-pink hue is a natural food color and is desired by pastry chefs all around the world. Ruby chocolate is known for its distinctive flavor profile, which offers the fruitiness of fresh berries accompanied by a subtle touch of sour smoothness. It's best used in cheesecakes, cookies, pastry cream, ice cream, and gelato applications. More advanced bakers can temper it to make ruby chocolate truffles, chocolate bars, and other chocolate work.

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Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, ganache drizzles, and strawberries made with vegan baking ingredients.

Vegan Baking Ingredients — $$

If you have a vegan baker in your life, gift them high-quality baking ingredients that are completely free from any animal products. We have a diverse selection of vegan baking products available, such as melting chocolate, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. Additionally, we offer plant-based substitutes for animal butter, milk, and eggs that can be used in a one-to-one ratio. By giving these vegan options, you will help your baker create delicious baked goods while staying true to their commitment to animal-free ingredients. These products are also helpful for baking dairy-free treats for those with lactose intolerance.

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Cake Decorating Gifts

When it comes to frosting and decorating cakes, having the right tools can make all the difference. Whether they're a professional cake decorator or a hobbyist, these cake-decorating gifts are sure to impress and inspire. From heart-shaped cake pans to lustre dust, and fondant tools to piping tip sets, we've got you covered.

Piping Tip Set — $

A piping tip set and piping bag with cupcakes on a counter.

Some of the best gifts for bakers are tools that teach new baking techniques, and being skilled at piping is among the top qualities a baker can have. Different types of piping tips offer unique possibilities for decorating cakes, cupcakes, French pastries, and sugar cookies. By having a set of piping tips, bakers can easily experiment with different designs and techniques, allowing for more precise and controlled piping.

To complement the piping tips, it is also beneficial to provide piping bags. These bags are essential for filling with frosting or other mixtures and attaching the piping tips. Lastly, a pastry tip drying rack assists with the cleanup process by providing a designated space for drying the piping tips after use.

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Lustre Dust — $

sugar cookies decorated with different shimmery shades of lustre dust.

Help your cake decorator take their presentations to new heights with lustre dust. Lustre dust is a type of food coloring that imparts a lustrous, shimmery sheen to confectionery. With a wide array of colors and metallic shades available, lustre dust offers the opportunity to both color and enhance the brilliance of sugar work, chocolates, and cake decorations.

Lustre dust is highly versatile and can be used in multiple ways. It can be applied as a water-soluble powder or as a dry powder. To apply it dry, you can simply brush it directly onto chocolate or sugar work to add a vibrant color. For wet application, you can mix the powder with water, alcohol, or lemon extract and use it to paint on cakes and sugar cookies. If you prefer airbrushing, you can mix the powder with sugar water to create a ready-to-use solution.

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Heart Shaped Cake Pans — $

Baker frosting a heart shaped chocolate cake.

Vintage heart-shaped cakes have become incredibly popular on Cake-Tok (TikTok reels dedicated to cake content). The hashtag #heartcake has garnered a staggering 900k+ views on TikTok, indicating the widespread fascination with this trend. If you know someone who loves baking, you can support their journey to mastering this trend by presenting them with heart-shaped cake pans. Achieving the desired shape when cutting cakes can be quite difficult, especially for less experienced bakers. However, heart-shaped cake pans offer the perfect solution, allowing even novice bakers to effortlessly create flawlessly shaped and symmetrical heart-shaped baked goods every time.

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Fondant Tools — $ - $$

Someone rolling fondant out on a baking mat with a rolling pin.

Fondant is a type of pliable icing that is used to coat cakes or sculpt three-dimensional decorations. It provides a smooth and polished finish that is perfect for creating intricate designs and professional-looking cakes. Fondant smoothers, fondant mats, fondant molds, fondant crimpers, and fondant cutters are all essential tools that help bakers create beautiful and intricate designs with ease. If you're only going to purchase one item, fondant smoothers are the most foundational tool required for working with fondant. If you're feeling generous, then gift a baker a collection of fondant tools so they can take their decorating work to a professional level.

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Bread Making Gifts

Bread-making is an art that requires precision and patience. Whether you're making baguettes, brioche, or one of the other most popular types of bread, having the right tools makes the process much easier. From essential tools to handy kits, here are some of the best gifts for bread makers.

Bread Making Kit — $

photo of the de Buyer bread baking kit

A bread-making kit is the perfect gift for those just getting into the art of bread baking. It offers a baking tray for two baguettes, allowing you to bake two delicious baguettes at once. In addition to the baguette tray, this kit also includes a rectangular bread mold perfect for baking traditional sandwich loaves or artisan-style breads. To help you achieve professional-looking bread, the bread-making kit also comes with a baker blade to score the surface of the bread before baking, allowing it to expand properly and resulting in a beautiful, crusty exterior. Lastly, the kit includes a dough scraper, which is an essential tool for shaping and dividing dough.

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Brioche Pans and Molds — $

baker scooping batter into brioche mold

If you know someone who loves baking brioche bread, a brioche pan or mold would make an excellent gift for them. These specialized pans or molds are specifically designed to create the classic round and fluted shape that is characteristic of brioche bread. Crafted from top-notch materials, they ensure that heat is evenly distributed throughout the dough, resulting in a perfectly baked loaf every time. Moreover, these brioche pans and molds are specifically engineered to withstand high-heat baking applications, ensuring their safety and longevity. Thanks to their non-stick surface, removing the finished bread from the pan becomes a breeze, as it effortlessly slides out without causing any damage.

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Marble Rolling Pin — $ - $$

A marble rolling pin on rolled dough sitting on a cutting board.

A marble rolling pin isn't just aesthetically pleasing, it has functional benefits as well. Because marble is naturally cold, it effectively maintains the ideal temperature of dough during the rolling process. This feature makes it particularly well-suited for handling various types of dough that need to remain cold, such as those used in pies, biscuits, and puff pastries. By ensuring optimal chilliness, it enhances the quality of these doughs, allowing them to reach their full potential. This baking gift idea not only possesses aesthetic appeal but also serves a practical and indispensable purpose in the kitchen.

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Two proofing baskets, one upright and one upside down on a counter.

Proofing Baskets — $$

For bakers who take delight in making sourdoughs and other types of bread, a proofing basket is an essential tool. This basket not only helps to shape the dough into the perfect loaf during the proofing process but also imparts a desirable woven design onto the dough before it is baked. It adds a touch of artistry to the bread-making process, ensuring a visually appealing final product. To round out the gift, consider adding bread lames and loaf pans for a complete bread-baking set.

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Baking Equipment Gifts

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for a baker, you can't go wrong with high-quality baking equipment. From everyday essentials to specialty products, here are some essential baking equipment options that would make a generous gift for your baker:

Reusable Baking Mats — $

photo of a pastry chef rolling out dough

Reusable baking mats and pan liners are indispensable tools for every baker. They provide a non-stick surface for your baked goods and shield your pans from unwanted grease. They also eliminate the necessity of using disposable paper liners, which ultimately reduces unnecessary waste in your kitchen. They're also useful work surfaces for delicate fondant or sugar work since their smooth, non-stick surface ensures intricate creations are flawlessly executed. By equipping your baker with these versatile and environmentally friendly tools, you can significantly enhance their baking experience while simultaneously promoting sustainability in their kitchen.

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Ingredient Scale — $ - $$

An ingredient scale weighing out ingredients in a glass ramekin.

In the realm of baking, precision is paramount as it is a discipline rooted in scientific principles. Therefore, the accuracy of ingredients becomes of utmost importance. While measuring spoons and cups are commonly used, they fall short when it comes to providing the level of precision that scales can offer. Scales are widely used in various countries to weigh ingredients, allowing bakers to expand their culinary horizons by trying out international recipes, such as the beloved classic British bakes. For beginner bakers, we highly recommend gifting them with a reliable baking scale. With this essential tool at their disposal, they will be empowered to tackle any recipe they desire and even create their own.

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Countertop Mixers — $$$$

A person pouring oil into the bowl of an 8-quart Avantco stand mixer.

A countertop mixer is a valuable tool that can save you time and effort in the kitchen. It is especially helpful when making large batches of cookies, meringues, frostings, doughs, and batters. This versatile appliance simplifies the mixing process, making it faster, cleaner, and less labor-intensive. Many bakers consider it a dream item because of its efficiency. In addition to its primary functions, a countertop mixer can also be used for other preparation tasks like beating eggs, whipping toppings, and even kneading pizza dough. Whether your chef is still building their foundational arsenal of baking tools or is looking to upgrade their current unit, a countertop mixer is a generous gift they will love.

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Chocolate Melters and Temperers — $$$$

A baker dipping a strawberry in tempered chocolate.

A chocolate melter is a versatile piece of equipment that tempers, sets, and holds chocolate at the desired temperature. It eliminates the need for manual tempering techniques that can be time-consuming and challenging to master. The precise temperature control of these machines ensures that the chocolate sets properly, giving it a shiny and professional finish. Bakers can use them to melt chocolate for drizzling over cakes, cookies, or pastries. They help chocolatiers temper chocolate to make truffles, bonbons, or chocolate bars.

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Whether you are looking for a gift for a professional baker or someone who simply enjoys baking as a hobby, there are plenty of options to choose from. From high-quality baking equipment to gourmet ingredients, there are plenty of gift options that can enhance their craft and inspire their creativity in the kitchen. We hope this guide helps you embrace the season of giving this holiday season.

Posted in: Bakeries|Holidays|Seasonal|By Corrinn McCauley
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