Great British Bake Off: Essential kitchen kit for budding bakers

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    Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are heading back to our screens to cast their tastebuds over a new group of Star Baker wannabes, in the hope they’ll tickle their fondant fancies.

    So gird your waistlines, and line your cake tins, your inner baker is about to be inspired to show-stopping new heights (that or you’ll be so desperate for cake you’ll even try baking it yourself).

    Either way, to get a Berry good bake (and avoid that infamous soggy bottom), you’ll need the right kit, and we’ve hunted out the best Bake Off-themed goodies around.

    Scale new heights

    Whatever else Mel and Sue tease Paul about there’s no denying he’s convinced many men that beards and baking are not mutually exclusive, and to embrace their inner baker. If they needed further encouragement, his new range of kitchen essentials is a decidedly masculine affair, with not a peep of pastel, perfect for those lads who feel a little threatened by paisley.

    Our top pick are these precision measuring scales, to keep your proportions in order.

    Paul Hollywood Digital Kitchen Scales,£19.99, John Lewis

    All in the mix

    There was a furore when the Beeb replaced these swish mixers with cheaper Kenwood ones. Frankly, when it comes to mixing ability, there’s not much in it, but if you want your kitchen to look the part, this ice-blue option is just the ticket.

    KitchenAid Artisan Mixer, £449, Selfridges

    Cool under pressure

    Product placement is a powerful thing, and when it comes to fridges, no Bake-Off kitchen would be complete without one of these babies! Pastel ‘til we die.

    Smeg Fridge Freezer, £999, John Lewis

    Paul and Mary’s Words of Wisdom

    Whether you’re nailing it like Nadiya or a total newbie, you can’t go wrong with the judges’ own wise words of advice. From making bread rise to getting a true gloss on chocolate, all answers lie within these hallowed pages.

    Great British Bake Off, Perfect Cakes & Bakes To Make At Home, £13, Amazon

    Bowled over

    We love the classic Mason Cash mixing bowls, but how about updating it for the modern kitchen? This pink heart-themed option is far more fun.

    Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl, £17.99, Lakeland

    Making a case for cake

    Always run out of cake cases only to find them squashed behind bags of flour (when it’s too late?). Then this one’s for you. We’ll make a tidy pantry-owner of you yet.

    Cupcake Case store, £4.99, Lakeland

    Light as air

    These strings of shabby-chic street-party type flags have stormed the British baking world with the force of an invading army. Without them, your sponge will never rise and your pastry will never roll. Heed our words.

    Bunting, Not On The High Street

    All bases covered

    Everyone knows that you cannot be a true baker without a suitable apron. This polka-dot cover up does the trick nicely.

    Polka Dot Apron,£25, Emma Bridgewater

    Tinned to perfection

    These classy cake tins are the perfect way to transport your wares. Instantly put everyone else at the school bake sale on the back foot with your pro storage. Just make sure your cakes are up to scratch!

    Cake Tins, £20, Ashley Thomas at Debenhams

    Stand to attention

    Don’t fall at the last hurdle. If there’s anything we’ve learned from six series’ of Bake Off, it’s that presentation is almost as important as taste.

    These cute stands will help your cakes live up to their true potential.

    Ceramic cake stand, £21, Not On The High Street

    Love baking? We’ve taken inspiration from the GBBO tent interior with these Great British Bake Off kitchen schemes for carefree baking.

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