For anyone who's ever dreamed of making French madeleines or a 3-layer chocolate cake, who's imagined a cupboard full of cookie cutters and cake pans and a home that always smells sweet — this is the gift guide for them. From a must-have kitchen scale to a gorgeous cake stand, these gifts will both help and inspire the budding baker in your life.
- 1 KitchenAid 11-Wire Whip, $18.95 from Amazon: The mixer attachment they didn't know they needed. A huge improvement over KitchenAid's standard whip. (Read our review of it here.)
- 2 Mosser Glass 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, $75 from Dry Goods: Strong, beautiful pressed glass bowls made in Ohio.
- 3 Mauviel M'Passion Canele Mold, $29.95 from Amazon: An essential for making these decadent French treats.
- 4 OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display, $49.95 from Amazon: A favorite of famed baker and blogger (and friend of The Kitchn) David Lebovitz. Faith also has the 22-pound version and loves it.
- 5 Jadeite 10" Cake Stand, $79.95 from Fishs Eddy: A beautiful cake stand to show off their baking skills.
- 6 Valrhona Grand Cru Guanaja 70% Chocolate Fèves, $35.99 for 2.2 lbs from World Wide Chocolate: The baking chocolate choice of professionals for the best cookies, cakes and more. (And the secret ingredient of the best chocolate chip cookies.)
- 7 Dough Whisk, $16.95 from King Arthur Flour: Looks like a fairy wand; works the dough like magic.
- 8 French Tapered Rolling Pin, $14.95 from Williams-Sonoma: A classic tool for a great pastry-chef-in-the-making.
- 9 Giant Snowflake Copper Cookie Cutter, $12.95 from Willams-Sonoma: Who doesn't want a huge snowflake cookie around the holidays? Fun and whimsical.
- 10 Frieling Layer Cake Slicing Kit, $59.95 from CHEFS Catalog: No more uneven layers! Cuts precisely so every layer of the cake is even for perfect filling and frosting.
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