Where would we be without the bakers in our lives? Whether it's a humble chocolate lamington or a classic Women's Weekly birthday cake we're grateful for those who fuel the nation's sweet tooth. If you're keen to show your appreciation, but still aren't sure what a Zumbaron is, don't stress. Cosier writer and kitchenware expert Elese is a certified cake decorator and all-round baking whizz. Her guide to baking gifts is sure to fill the tins.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
From Perth to Parramatta, these KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers are at the top of every Aussie baker's wishlist. Cosier writer Elese (that's me) has sold and owned KitchenAids for years. These babies make bikkies, breads and birthday cakes an absolute breeze. For extra brownie points, these Flex Edge Beaters help scrape the good bits from the sides.
Baker's Bread Lame
Cosier co-founder Daniel knows a thing or two about bread, and when it comes to gifts for bread bakers, his go-to is a lame. These Baker's Bread Lames come with 5 blades and an ergonomic handle to slash decorative bakery-style slices on homemade loaves before they hit the oven. Daniel says they're 'the easiest way to make your loaf worthy of the 'gram'.
Wilton Cupcake Decorating Set
I've made thousands of cupcakes in my time, and 99% of them were piped with Wilton piping tips. This kit includes 4 classic cupcake tips for buttercream swirls, rosettes and more, as well as 8 x 12-inch disposable piping bags for minimal mess. We also recommend these 10-inch piping bags to reduce waste once they get the hang.
MasterCraft Crusty Bake Round Quiche Pan 25cm
These Crusty Bake 25cm Round Quiche Pans from Aussie bakeware company MasterCraft are a baker's bestie when it comes to crispy golden pie crusts. They're the perfect size for a classic lemon tart or quiche Lorraine and a non-stick loose base makes for easy lifting. They'll happily go in the dishwasher, oven or freezer, too.
The Linen Press Organic Cotton Blue Wren Apron
Cosier editor Sarah reckons decent aprons are the perfect gifts for bakers, because let's face it - 'flour gets everywhere'. We love this Blue Wren Apron from The Linen Press. These sturdy aprons are designed in Australia and made from organic Indian cotton, with adjustable neck straps and waist ties to fit bakers of all shapes and sizes.
Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book
Chances are you'll remember picking your own cakes out from the Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book as a kid, and this 40th Anniversary edition contains dozens of recipes that stand the test of time. This gift keeps on giving, granting birthday wishes for generations to come.
The Broadsheet Sydney Cookbook
Even Queensland supporters have to admit Sydney is the home of the nation's finest bakeries. From Brickfields artisan delicacies to Black Star Pastry cakes, The Broadsheet Sydney Cookbook is a bible for DIY bakers. And if they really can't go past the tiramisu at Ladro, there's also The Broadsheet Melbourne Cookbook.
Anpro Silicone Baking Cups
Despite best intentions, paper muffin cases often end up going to landfill. Reusable silicone baking cups come highly recommended by Cosier editor Sarah - 'no more single use cases!'. These Anpro Silicone Baking Cups are colourful enough to brighten up the party spread while saving waste (and money).
Sunbeam MixMaster Hand Mixer
The Sunbeam MixMaster Hand Mixer is our pick for a space-saving KitchenAid alternative on a budget. These handheld electric mixers come with beaters, whisks and dough hooks. Sarah relies on hers for everyday home baking. Its amazingness at ‘creaming butter and whipping cream’ belies its affordable price.
DailyBake Banetton Round Proving Basket 25cm
Mad Millie Sourdough Kit
To bake great sourdough, first they'll need a great starter. Kiwi neighbours Mad Millie save the day with a tried and true culture that doesn’t require any kneading. In this kit, they’ll get artisan salt, starter culture, muslin cloth, a dough scraper and whisk, along with recipes for different breads.
Mauviel Copper Mixing Bowl
Know a baker who dreams of making pastries at Le Cordon Bleu? Mauviel copper mixing bowls are the gold standard for whipping massive meringues as copper helps stabilize egg whites. These beautiful, corrosion-resistant bowls are handmade and are sure to be passed down the generations.
Le Creuset Silicone Professional Spatula
Salvaged Timber Rolling Pin
The only thing more sustainable than a locally-made rolling pin is one made from reclaimed Aussie wood. Available in Blackwood, Myrtle, Huon Pine or Sassafras, these rollers are handcrafted from salvaged Tasmanian rainforest timber. These rolling pins are made by experienced Aussie craftspeople GNFAURE.