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Baking Basics: What Items You Need to Get Started

Written by Alexis Vieira.

Whether you enjoy baking or it scares you, it’s great to try. Baked goods taste, well, good, and they can be just as fun to make as they are to eat. Often times, the precision of making baked goods and having the equipment needed to produce many desserts has many people picking up a pack of cookies instead of pulling their own fresh batch out of the oven. Baking isn’t as daunting as it seems and practice definitely makes perfect. Before you turn on the oven and download some recipes though, make sure you have some of the basic items lying around in your cabinets.

Measuring cups and spoons. Using precise measurements is one of the most important aspects of baking. While it may seem not seem bad to have a few extra dashes of sugar here and there, using the wrong measurements can be seriously detrimental to the makeup of desserts. If you don’t have them already, invest in a set of both measuring cups and spoons to accurately measure out ingredients.

The Do's and Don'ts of Using Pastry Bags

Written by Alexis Vieira.

Whether a seasoned baker or new to the game, using a pastry bag is something that can be fun but also difficult. With some practice and following some general rules-of-thumb, hopefully you'll be piping like a pro in no time! 

DO pick the right size bag. Pastry bags come in a variety of sizes. If you fill a large bag, it will be hard to squeeze and quickly move. For cupcakes, choose a small to medium size bag and for something like a cake, pick one that’s a little larger. You can always refill the bag so make sure to keep that in mind. It may seem easy to fill it at once but it might backfire!