For those aspiring bakers out there, stand and hand mixers are an essential part to your cake making kit. With a variety of different settings, functions and speeds, electric mixers make light work when you are baking treats for a special occasion or just those days that urge you to indulge in a slice of delicious gateau. There are even some models with dough hooks which will take the hard work out of kneading that dough, and the beaters are detachable for easy cleaning and storage. So, get your aprons on, and get baking.
Whether you are a serious baker, or just enjoy dabbling, a good range of cake tins are a sound investment, perfect for traditional Victoria sponges or multi-layered celebration cakes. Silicon materials and spring-form mechanisms mean you'll never find yourself stuck. Baking trays are versatile ovenware, handy if you are making savoury goodies. Have an old-fashioned batch baking day and store some in the freezer in food storage containers which will help them last longer and are environmentally friendly. All these goodies will help you out when you have less time, and are sure to impress the family when you pop some in their lunch boxes, together with water bottles to keep them hydrated.
Alternatively, all those scones and cookies are a great excuse to get the family around have a tea party. Make room for everyone at your table, dress it with your best tablecloth and give your baking the star position on some fancy serving dishes and trays. Don’t forget something to wash it down with, so turn the coffee machine on, fill the tea pot, or grab a bottle from the wine rack if that is what you fancy. Now settle down on those comfy dining chairs, indulge on the feast and make memories.