Last Updated on September 25, 2011 by Liza Hawkins
I have a lot on my plate these days. Good stuff. Interesting stuff. Stuff that I’m really enjoying.
All of this stuff, however, doesn’t leave much time in the day for regular cooking, let alone homemade desserts. Still, there are times when I need to bake something on short notice, and there’s no way I can run out to the store beforehand.
What I’ve learned is, just like a properly stocked pantry helps to make cooking homemade dinners less stressful, I can also keep things on hand to make baking something last minute a breeze.
Here are my Top 20 must haves for a busy beginner dessert maker:
- Baking powder
- Refrigerated pie crusts
- Frozen fruit – berries and peaches
- Sugars – granulated, powdered, light brown
- Cake mix
- Cocoa powder
- All-purpose flour
- Graham crackers
- Lemons or lemon juice
- Whole milk or cream
- Real vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
- Cupcake cups
- Silicone baking mats
- (2) 9″ cake pans
- 9″ pie plate
- 9″ x 11″ baking pan
- (2) 9″ x 11″ baking sheets
Obviously there are a slew of other things you can keep around to make dessert creation that much easier, but if you’re just starting out these should help greatly.