In my family, it’s hard not to get on the baking bandwagon. I grew up hanging out in my Grandmother’s kitchen in Saskatchewan, watching her bake fresh bread and buns every day, not to mention a ton of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes whenever a special event would happen. I’m pretty sure her oven ran from dawn until dusk, and because of that, I picked up a thing or two about baking and the tools you need to make everything you whip up perfect.
My Grandma was a stickler for cast iron loaf pans and big, black cookie sheets with years of wear, but I’m pretty sure if I tried to bake with those right now, I’d burn everything I attempt. My baking pans and cookie sheets of choice? Wilton bakeware. Whether you use a cake mix and just do it for fun or you’re a hardcore ‘everything from scratch’ type of person like I am, Wilton bakeware is perfectly created for anyone who enjoys baking.
Take the Wilton Oval Pan Set for example. It comes with four 2” deep oval pans created from high quality aluminum. Not only are they strong enough to hold their shape for years, but they’re deeper than the average cake pan you’d pick up at the grocery store. Having that extra height to your cakes gives you more leverage when creating – You can bake two cakes and stack them on top of each other, then cover them with fondant. Or cut each layer in half and fill it with buttercream and create a four-layer cake. There’s even a Wilton 3 piece Square Set if you want to have square cakes. Or get really creative with one of the many unique shaped cake pans – Bake up a train for your child’s birthday or decorate a guitar for the music lover in your life.
If you’re a cookie person, you know that even if you put the time and effort into creating the perfect dough, you could still end up burning your cookies. And it’s not always the temperature of the oven that results in an improperly baked cookie. Great cookie bakers know that having a fantastic set of cookie sheets can make or break what comes out of your oven.
Wilton cookie sheets are a worthwhile investment, giving you years of perfectly baked cookies. The Wilton 13 x 17 Cookie Sheet is created from 2 layers of high quality aluminum and has an insulating layer of air to give you golden cookies without burning. The size is perfect when you want to turn out a bunch of cookies at a time, and the Wilton cookie sheets are also a great tool for baking up appies before a big party or throwing in a bunch of mini pizzas.
Wilton doesn’t end at just baking your favourite treats, they also give you the tools to decorate like a professional. Start with a Deluxe Tips Set or go all out with the Wilton Tool Caddy Decoration Set. Each set includes icing baggies, tips, and couplers to get you decorating right out of the box, and they also include some great tips and recipes for icing like a pro.
Speaking of recipes, here’s my trusty go-to recipe for mind-blowing black chocolate cake. Try it and you may never go back to cake mixes again.
Black Chocolate Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
2/3 cup shortening
2 cups boiling water
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
Melt the shortening in the boiling water, then stir into the flour mixture until blended. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.