Do you have a kid who can’t get enough of the Great British Bakeoff, Cupcake Wars, and other baking shows and dreams of opening up their open pastry shop or bakery someday? This is the gift list for them.
Most pastry chefs say they’ve known they wanted to be a baker since they were children so it’s possible that the passion for the kitchen your twelve-year-old is showing may be the beginning of a bright culinary future. Even if your kid isn’t going to be the next Paula Deen, baking and cooking can boost cognitive development and enhance math and science skills. Check out our favorite gifts for kids who love baking!
The first thing the best kid baker needs to know about making cakes, cookies, pies, and more, are the basic tenants of baking. The Ultimate Kids Baking Book by Tiffany Dahle (author of the blog of Peanut Blossom) is full of easy and fun recipes themed for birthdays, holidays, milestones, and Thank-You gifts that teach basic skills such as creaming butter properly, rolling out cookie dough, and decorating basics. Not all the recipes are about birthday party foods, (although there are recipes for a sprinkle party!). There are also great recipes for classics like drop biscuits and elephant ears.
After your kid is inspired by recipes, they will want to get baking right away, so you’ll need to make sure they have all the tools they need. The Curious Chef 30-Piece Chef Caddy is a great way to get all the tools you need all at once and have a convenient place for your kid to put them all away at! These tools are all designed for small hands, but adults can use them too, though they have safety features such as blade guards. The caddy that stores all of the baking utensils are non-skid, and all of the pieces are either silicone, stainless steel, or nylon. There are also tools for kids cooking, including such as a potato/vegetable peeler, pizza cutter, tongs, ice cream scoop, and others.
If your child is just starting to get into baking, cake pops are a really cute, fun dessert to make together. These two-bite treats are convenient for small families or those that don’t want to bake an entire sheet cake. The Babycakes Mini Cake Pop Maker makes nine cake pops and has non-stick baking plates, so you don’t have to worry about the cake bites tearing or falling apart when you take them out of the molds. The cord also wraps for easy storage.
Once you have the cake pop maker, you need a kit to help you decorate and complete the process. This kit by Cakes of Eden includes silicone cake pop baking molds in case you want to bake them in the oven, 120 candy sticks, a melting pot for chocolate and candy melts, tags, twist ties, and a decorating pin, along with a three-tier cake pop stand. The value of this kit is amazing, and it’s no wonder it is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in Cake Pop Pans. Making cake pops will be so easy for you and your young baker when you use this kit and your mini cake pop maker together.
You can outfit your junior pastry chef with everything they need to bake up a storm with one of these kits. Some of the nicest kits we've seen come with not only all the tools needed to mix up batch up of cupcakes, but also an apron and a carrying case so they can keep everything they need together.
Kids love to make cupcakes, and you can make baking them with your child even more fun by using silicone muffin molds rather than paper muffin liners when you make cupcakes or muffins. This set of 24 molds by LetGoShop includes four different shapes—circle, heart, star, and rose and all pieces are 100% food-grade materials and BPA Free with no chemical coatings. They are also flexible and nonstick, so you can rest assured the cupcakes will be in one piece when you remove them from the molds. We really love these molds because they are reusable and easy to clean, dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. They are also standard size and super bright colors that all kids love.
When your aspiring bakery shop owner is ready to move on from cookies and simple baking recipes and learn how to decorate their amazing kitchen creations, this 78 will be everything you need to get them started and more. This set by Cakebe includes 32 decorating tips, 20 piping bags, a rotating cake stand, couplers, scrappers, spatulas, cleaning brushes, and more. There’s even a cake decorating guide that includes step-by-step instructions, though if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll just look up a tutorial on YouTube. This kit may look overwhelming because of the sheer number of pieces, but it really isn’t, especially when you consider that you’ll go through the bags quickly, and the rest are tools that can be stored in the included gift box.
Young bakers love this DIY Funfetti muffins baking kit. When little ones want to bake and help in the kitchen but don’t have the patience to measure and pay attention to the details, our desserts may fall flat or not taste right. Baketivity keeps baking positive and easy and fun by including all dry pre-measured ingredients all labeled and packaged nicely inside of a cardboard gift box. This kit was also created in a nut-free facility in the USA that is FDA approved, so you never have to be concerned with allergens or quality of the ingredients.
Whether your kid’s passion for baking goes away as they get older or sticks with them for a lifetime, these gifts for kid bakers are perfect because everyone in the household can get good use of them, and they will never grow out of being able to use the tools included in the kits/sets. Baking is a hobby that is useful and can bring the entire family together. We encourage baking with your kids and letting them help around the kitchen when they are as small as toddlers and watching their love of good food flourish as they get older.