Festive Baking Kits And Tools For Christmas

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Festive Baking Kits And Tools For Christmas

by Natalie Knowles |
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Christmas baking with loved ones is a delightful tradition, where special recipes get passed down the generations and new traditions are made. Baking sausage rolls and mince pies to share with friends and family is a festive foodie treat that brings joy and warmth. Homemade always tastes better.

The holidays are a time for rituals that bring comfort and a sense of continuity – decorating the tree, singing carols, and preparing special meals. It’s a time for indulgence too; say yes to cheese straws, cookies, and peppermint creams – all easy to make and utterly scrumptious.

Best Baking Kits and Tools At A Glance

• Best Yule log baking kit: Christmas Yule Log Recipe Making Kit – View on Mon Dessert
Best gingerbread house kit: DIY Gingerbread House Kit – View on Biscuiteers
Best Christmas cake kit: M&S Christmas Cake Kit – View on Ocado

Baking is an excellent way to spend time with those you love. Also, sweet treats can be offered as thoughtful gifts, such as handmade marzipan balls and shortbread. To ensure you have the sweetest holiday, we have rounded up the best baking kits and tools for Christmas to celebrate the joy of giving and receiving.

Whether you are looking for an easy sweet treat like cranberry orange bread or more creative recipes like chocolate Yule log, we have created a list of fun baking kits made from simple instructions and delicious ingredients, so you can't go wrong. Any burnt bits you can scrape off, no one will notice... And if you or someone you love is a GBBO baking fanatic, we have selected our must-have baking tools to help you create a decadent showstopper that is bound to impress.

Best Baking Kits and Tools for Christmas

Best Yule log baking kit

This Yule log baking mix and bakeware bundle from Mon Dessert looks is irresistible. In the kit you get a sponge mix, Rainforest Alliance vegan dark chocolate, festive decorations, a palette knife and a reusable baking liner. Just add milk, cream and eggs or vegan alternatives. This Christmas Yule Log Recipe Making Kit serves eight people and rest assured your guests will be helping themselves to seconds.

Customer review: "The ingredients were really high quality, and the equipment was great. My only niggle would be the instructions could be clearer, but I got there eventually. I’ve already used the equipment and recipe again, and adapted the flavours, so it’s really helping me develop my baking skills."


  • High quality
  • Vegan friendly
  • Reusable baking liner and palette knife
  • Rainforest Alliance vegan dark chocolate


  • Check the ingredients if you have potential food allergies

Best gingerbread house kit

Biscuiteers are the superlative for luxury biscuit gifts and if you can't get to Selfridges food hall, at least you can buy online. Their DIY Gingerbread House Kit comes in a beautiful keepsake tin. It's super easy to construct as all the pieces of the house are pre-baked, meaning you can enjoy all the fun of decorating it with royal icing and sweets. The gingerbread house measures 15 x 9 x 18cm when fully assembled. If in doubt, Biscuiteers have made a step-by-step tutorial on how to decorate your gingerbread house.

Customer review: "I buy two every year for my grandchildren. The families love decorating them and their decorations look nothing like the illustration. It has quickly become a pre-Christmas tradition."


  • Beautiful Christmas gift tradition for children
  • Comes in a keepsake tin
  • High quality
  • Fresh for three months upon arrival


  • Customer comment that pieces of gingerbread arrived broken

Best Christmas cake kit

It's simply not Christmas without a treat or two from M&S. Taking all the faff out of buying bags of dried fruit, marzipan and royal icing – this Christmas Cake Kit contains everything you need to made a traditional Christmas fruit cake. The ingredients are high quality, as you'd expect from M&S, including brandy-soaked fruit and a range of warming spices.

Customer review: "Decided to give this a try as I always end up with waste when making my own as never need full amount of ingredients you have to buy. So glad I did. Beautiful moist cake and so easy to make with everything pre-weighed. Everyone has commented how nice it is. Would definitely buy again."


  • Pre-measured ingredients cuts down on food waste
  • High quality
  • Convenient


  • Produces a small cake

Best Christmas chocolate silicone moulds

This Christmas Silicone Chocolate Moulds, BREEZO 4PCS is super value for money as you get four moulds that feature a variety of shapes. It's fun and easy to make homemade festive chocolates. Also, the silicone moulds can be used for ice cubes, jelly, frozen yoghurt and party favours. Some customers have even used the mould for wax melts.

Customer review: "Great moulds the shapes come out well and easily. I used it to make chocolates. The only feature to be aware of is they are quite deep, which could be good if you’re using them to fill chocolates, but otherwise they are quite dense."


  • Multi-functional
  • Heat resistant
  • Range of festive shapes


  • Silicone is thin so protect surfaces from potential spillages

Best Baking Tools for Christmas

Best baking tray set

Ultimum 5 Piece Bakeware Set
Price: £91.99 (was 12)


If you’re looking for a set with varying sizes and depths, here is your answer. Circulon has five-piece quality bakeware set at a great price. Made from carbon steel and coated in a triple layer of non-stick, these trays ensure great results. Oven safe up to 230°C, dishwasher safe and even freezer safe, this set is perfect for a new kitchen. Also, it’s covered by a lifetime guarantee.

Customer review: "The pans and trays are excellent. In comparison to other baking trays I’ve used, the quality of the baking is much better. Like crispiness, uniformity of the heat transfer through the bake. Plus they are totally non stick with no additional parchment or oil needed."


  • Easy to clean
  • Variety of sizes


  • Non-stick coating wears off

Best piping set for decorating cakes

If you're topping your cakes with frosting or buttercream for an extra special Christmas treat, having a piping bag and nozzles in your kitchen is essential. It comes with six stainless steel icing tips, two reusable piping bags, and one plastic coupler.

Customer review: “Excellent! I love everything about this piping bag. So easy to set up, so if you're a beginner at piping, then the easy steps in the post will have you set up and ready to use in no time. The bag itself is thick and durable, not cheap and thin material like I've had before. So easy to clean also and comes with a good few nozzles. I would definitely recommend it.”


  • Reusable bags
  • Dishwasher safe


  • Takes patience

Best baking utensil set

Perfect for family baking or for yourself a batch of cookies – this 4-piece utensil set by Progress meets all your baking needs. Finished with ergonomic wooden handles, you can create delicious eats in comfort every time with this rolling pin.


  • Nice colours
  • Good quality silicone


  • No customer reviews

Best cordless hand mixer

Whip up a Baked Alaska with this KitchenAid cordless hand mixer, featuring seven different speeds for folding, whisking, mixing and more. The powerful and rechargeable model makes this a handy kitchen appliance for special occasions and every day.

Customer review: “This is a really good piece of equipment. I bake regularly and find this has been an added bonus. It’s great not having a cord to deal with. The beaters are gentle but effective. The charge lasts for two large cakes plus filling and a Yorkshire pudding. There is a warning light giving you time to sort out charging. I’m delighted with the results of this.”


  • Cordless
  • Seven settings


  • No safety button

Best kitchen scales for baking

A reliable scale is an absolute must when it comes to baking. This digital scale from Salter is reliable, easy to use and will weigh any ingredients perfectly to ensure your recipe is followed to a tee.

Customer review: “I had no hesitation in buying these for my daughter, given as already have a set of them. An excellent all-around set of digital scales which have given me no problem and are used four times a day every day. I have had them for around six or seven years and can't say a thing against them. Good value for money.”


  • Easy-to-read LED display


  • None we can think of

Best standing mixer

If you are a frequent baker – a stand mixer will be an absolute lifesaver. Your arms will thank you for it. This stand mixer is an excellent pick with three mixing heads to choose from: a whisk, beater and dough hook. This would even make a thoughtful gift too.

Customer review: “Anyone that has ever owned a KitchenAid product, should know, that this is one of the best. Look out for sales, as the mixer is a bit on the expensive side, but you'll never look back after getting one of these. It will make everything so much easier and once you get the hang of it, you can start building your attachment collection. that can help you with various other tasks, such as making fresh pasta from scratch, or creating that perfect burger patty with just the right amount of fat and meats in the meat grinder. So versatile. I recommend every kitchen have one of these. You will never regret this purchase.”


  • Multipurpose
  • A thoughtful gift that a baker will cherish


  • Takes up countertop space

Best spatulas for spreading icing

Whether you are baking a decadent brownie or a delicious cake or smoothing buttercream and other icings onto your creations, spatulas are a great multi-purpose tool to have in your kitchen drawer.

Customer review: “This set of four brightly coloured spatulas is perfect for baking. The clear plastic handles are nice and strong, and the colourful silicone heads are flexible enough to cream and stir ingredients perfectly. I purchased these for use at preschool. We encourage the children to learn skills such as baking, and these spatulas are small and light enough for their little hands. The bright colours are especially appealing to them.”


  • Versatile and good value
  • Silicone is a better material than plastic


  • Best used for baking only

FAQs: Best Baking Kits and Tools for Christmas

What is traditionally baked at Christmas?

At Christmas, traditional baked treats include gingerbread cookies, spiced and iced fruit cake, festive sugar cookies, and Yule logs made of chocolate sponge. Mince pies and Christmas puddings – rich with brandy-soaked fruits – are quintessential. For those with a savoury tooth, crisp and cheesy pastry twists are a must-have party nibble. Cheese straws with a buttery, flaky texture, and rich cheese tang, are moreish and always a hit with guests.

Here are some favourite festive baked treats to share with your loved ones this Christmas:

Mince pies are a quintessential British Christmas treat. These small, sweet pastries filled are with a mixture of dried fruits, spices, suet, and perhaps a splash of brandy. Mince pies melt in the mouth with a buttery shortcrust pastry and a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Sausage rolls are a savoury delight enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. Flaky puff pastry encases seasoned sausage meat, cut small, creating a delicious finger food for festive buffets.

A gingerbread house can be built from scratch or made from a kit. Decorate with icing, candy canes, gumdrops, and other festive candies and make it the centrepiece of your festive tablescape.

Yule log is a chocolate sponge cake rolled with chocolate buttercream. It's decorated with chocolate ganache or icing to give it a rustic bark-like appearance. This delicious French-inspired dessert (Bûche de Noël) is always a hit with children and an alternative for guests not so fond of stodgy dried fruit-based desserts.

Shortbread is made of simple ingredients – butter, sugar, and flour – resulting in a rich and crumbly texture. Cut into festive shapes and dust with powdered sugar. They melt in your mouth and are an iconic Scottish sweet treat, especially at Christmas.

Cranberry orange loaf is a flavourful and moist quick bread, crammed with fresh cranberries and orange zest. It's perfect for a festive breakfast or Boxing Day brunch.

Peppermint creams are a classic sweet popular at Christmas and make an easy homemade gift. It’s a simple mixture of icing sugar, peppermint extract, and condensed milk. Combine the ingredients to form a smooth, stiff dough and shape into small rounds. With a refreshing minty flavour, they are a lovely alternative to chocolates, nuts, and marzipan.

Fruitcake is a traditional Christmas cake, loaded with dried fruits, nuts, and spices. It's often laced with rum or brandy for added richness.

Furthermore, there’s Stollen, a German Christmas bread, and Panettone which is a rich Italian Christmas bread. Both are a labour of love but can be customised with fruits, nuts, and chocolate to create a unique festive sweet treat.

Jamie Oliver's Stollen recipe

Paul Hollywood's Panettone recipe

What specialist tools do I need for Christmas baking?

While many Christmas baking recipes can be prepared with basic kitchen equipment, having a few specialist tools can make the process more efficient and enjoyable. Here's a list of some specialist tools that you might find useful for Christmas baking:

A food processor is a labour-saving appliance for cutting cold butter into flour when making pie crusts and pastry dough.

Cookie cutters: for shaping festive cookies into holiday-themed shapes.

Rolling pin: a kitchen drawer essential for rolling out cookie dough, pie crusts, and other pastry.

Pastry brush: useful for applying egg wash or melted butter to pastries for a golden finish.

Piping bags and tips: to decorate cookies, cupcakes, and cakes with precision.

Baking mats: made from non-stick silicone for easy cookie release and less mess.

Sugar thermometer: essential for making fudge, toffee, or other candies that require precise temperatures.

Cake turntable: makes icing and decorating cakes easier with smooth, even layers.

Microplane grater: or zester is useful for grating nutmeg, citrus zest, and chocolate.

Parchment paper: makes baking and clean-up easier.

Decorative cake stand: elevates your Christmas cake or dessert presentation.

Muffin and cupcake liners: with festive designs add a decorative touch to your cupcakes.

Edible glitters, sprinkles, and other festive decorations.

Natalie Knowles is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for A Modern Kitchen, specialising in kitchen appliances. When she's not testing coffee machines, she flexes her creative flair as an artist.

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