Baking can be a lot of fun, and it’s also an excellent way to foster your creativity. If you love baking, adding a designated space for all the tools in your kitchen is a fantastic solution. A bakery station helps keep things organised, so you can experiment with new recipes and make a mess without losing anything!
One downside though: once you start perfecting your delicious treats you may decide to quit your day job to start a bakery business! Here’s how to design and build the ultimate home baking station!
Selecting your baking station materials
As with any DIY project, you’ll want to start by selecting the materials that will be used in building your baking station. Quartz is a popular choice for bakers as it keeps cold while preparing the dough. Marble also makes an excellent kitchen surface and stays cool even when heated up by stovetops – perfect for pastry making!
Once you’ve chosen your countertop surface material, consider a stylish wall behind it. You can paint beadboard or shiplap in a charming colour or install a tile backsplash that is easier to clean.
Before you start baking, there are some things to consider: where will the ingredients and utensils be stored? How much space do I have for my designated baking station? Here are a few ideas that might inspire you as well!
– Under a window
The view from the kitchen window can be a welcome sight, and it’s no wonder that so many people find themselves thinking of creative ways to incorporate their favourite things into this important space. One suggestion is to place your baking station under a sunny window. You have an opportunity to enjoy nature as well as all of those delicious homemade recipes! Natural light will also be handy for illuminating stunning photos of your work.
– Kitchen island
Your kitchen island is not just for cooking, but it can also be used as a baking station. If you have room in your kitchen, consider installing one side of the island with a lower countertop to help keep things organised and easy to see when they aren’t being actively utilised.
– End of the kitchen island
The kitchen island is a great place to store extra appliances, cooking utensils and spices. But what if you need more space? Fear not! You can have an extension of the island made with wheels so that when your work is done for the day, just roll it out and then tuck it away under or over the entire unit until the next time you need some additional storage room.
– Add on to your kitchen
You’ll never have to worry about the mess of flour and sugar spilling on your carpet again with a new kitchen extension. Not only is it practical, but you can also turn this space into an inviting dining area for when friends come over or as a relaxing breakfast nook where family members can chat together in peace before heading off to work.
– Pullout shelf
Having a pullout shelf in your kitchen makes it easier to save space when you’re cooking. A large pullout shelf can also be used as a surface. You may prefer to use several cabinets and even designate specific ones for equipment and others for ingredients. A bit of organisation makes the process of prepping a lot less daunting!
When designing a baking station, you need to be able to comfortably mix ingredients and roll dough without bending down. For your arms not to get stiff from having them raised all the time while mixing or rolling things out with flour when making delicious focaccia. Choose counters that are less elevated than the rest of your kitchen countertops – ideally 30-32 inches high so everything is more comfortable.
If you plan to use an existing table as part of your cooking area in this area then consider cutting off its legs at waist height (30″+) if possible. Doing so will make using the table much easier since there won’t be any awkward reaching over that causes backaches later! Finally, anything with wheels should have locks and if you are planning on putting a dough mixer on it, the unit must be stable.
A stand mixer is the kitchen equipment that every avid baker needs. The paddle attachment creates perfect bread and other doughy dishes, while attachments like a whisk help create any type of batter you could dream up!
Why waste time and energy on a tedious task when you can use a hand mixer to make your baking projects easy? Perfect for light batters such as pancakes.
Measuring cups and scales
Stock measuring cups for both wet and dry ingredients as well as a decent set of scales for accuracy when you bake.
Wooden spoon and rubber spatula
The wooden spoon and rubber spatula are two tools that any cake baker should have. They make it easy to fold ingredients together without damaging the bowls, which is a common problem for many bakers in their kitchen space
Baking pans are essential for any baker. You can choose from a variety of materials and sizes to cook all your favourite dishes!
The perfect tool for rolling out dough is the rolling pin. They are one of a baker’s most important tools, especially when it comes to making homemade croissants!
With all the work that goes into baking, it’s important to have a wire rack on your side. It helps baked goods cool faster and is an absolute necessity for any baker!
While every recipe is different, there are standard ingredients that you should consider keeping handy in your baking station, including:
Flour: You are going to need flour for the majority of your baked goods. Cake flour, bread flour and all-purpose flour are essential pantry items for any baker.
Sugar: Having good stocks of white, brown, and powdered sugar will mean you can bake a cake whenever you fancy!
Salt: It’s wise to have plenty of salt on standby for your recipes. Top up when you start to run low!
Cocoa powder: Many cake recipes use cocoa powder (especially on my bookshelf), so be sure to have some on hand.
Butter: Most baking recipes use unsalted butter, so it’s useful to have a few blocks in the fridge whenever you need it.
Eggs: If you want a lot of goodies to bake, make sure that there are always a dozen or so eggs in your refrigerator.
Nuts & seeds: Almonds, pecans and poppy seeds are often used in baking. Stock up on a variety of nuts and seeds for various recipes.
Oil: Vegetable, olive, and canola oils are all common in baked goods, so be sure you have plenty of them handy.
Extras: From chocolate chips to dried cranberries, keep some extra goodies stored for different recipes so you’re prepared!
Organising your baking station is essential to keeping it clean. Here are some helpful tips for streamlining your work area with the right storage solutions. This will make sure you’ll never have a messy disaster again! Here are a few helpful tips:
Clear jars or canisters with a tight-sealing lid make it easy to find the ingredients you need, and labelling them will ensure that nothing goes missing. You could use stickers for labels, but if you are feeling creative there is no better way than to write directly on your jar with chalk!
To make your baking station more efficient, consider installing some open shelving so you can quickly grab what you need.
Have you ever wondered how your baking ingredients are organised? You can dedicate one section of the kitchen cabinets to organising them. Use a drawer underneath for equipment, and put mixers in the bottom cupboards. Put cookbooks nearby so they’re easy to find!
Organising your baking drawer is one of the most important things you can do to improve your kitchen. Make sure that all sizes and types are separated, so they don’t get lost in a sea of clutter, or forgotten!
A spice rack will not only organise your kitchen, but it’s also a great way to store and use items like salt or powdered sugar. Use a tackle box for storing food colouring and sprinkles so you can always find them when needed.
Make more room for your cookie sheets by keeping them organised and easy to access. To do this, file the lengthwise edge of each sheet into a cabinet and stack it all together with dividers separating each one, so you can find the one you want easily!
If you’re short on storage space, consider using a kitchen or bar cart to store your utensils. This is also an excellent way of having all the necessary ingredients for cooking at hand while freeing up valuable counter space in the process.
Create a business out of it
If baking is your passion, it’s time to think big! Now that you have a space for creating delicious recipes and the equipment necessary to do so, there’s no reason why you can’t make this venture successful. The following is a list of steps you’ll want to take before diving into baking as an aspiring entrepreneur:
1) Make sure your state has laws about cottage food, which can differ from place to place. You may need permits and/or licences depending on the type of product that you plan to sell or how often it will be sold.
2) Create a comprehensive budget for start-up costs such as ingredients, equipment, rentals (if applicable), etc. To figure out what items are affordable based on cost per unit vs demand for those products.
3) Determine who needs your baked goods most – friends? Family? Neighbours? Or would selling wholesale make more sense with large orders at lower prices but larger profit margins?
Make sure kids aren’t near any dangerous objects like knives.
Don’t leave children unattended.
Make use of small step stools, so they can enjoy baking with their parents, without straining themselves or being tempted by countertops that are too inviting for climbing on top of them.
There are many fun activities young ones can help out with -for example, stirring up ingredients in large bowls might be one safe activity little helpers will love getting involved in while learning new skills at the same time!
Always make sure that the handles of pots and pans are facing the inside so they don’t get caught on clothing.
Do I need to build my own baking station?
Whether you enjoy baking in your free time or dream of starting a career as an artisan baker, having the right tools and materials at hand can make all the difference. Having everything laid out neatly with a beautifully organised baking station will help to keep things organised while also improving efficiency so that every delicious bite is well worth it!
Whether you plan to spend your spare time eating sweet treats made from scratch or have lofty dreams of owning a bakery one day, getting equipped is just what’s needed! And it has never been easier than now thanks to today’s organisational solutions. With these new ideas put into place, you can make the experience a pleasurable one. Good luck!
It doesn’t really matter what the counter is made from, you just want to have it organised. That said, if you want 4 starters you should consider getting a proofing box to keep them at a constant temperature.