Cooking, baking, and making games can require some specialised tools. When getting started, I recommend you buy the bare minimum of what you need. Work out what you enjoy making most or think you’ll use most, then spend extra in that area.
To help you prepare for the Edible Games Cookbook, here are some of my preferred utensils and ingredients. And yes, I have bought all of these myself, so I can attest they are good.
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Utensils and Tools
Quality Scales are very important. These ones tell you when the battery is about to die which is essential
Great to have so many spoon options, including Aussie-sized tablespoons!
I love metal cups. These ones are clearly marked as Imperial so you don’t get them confused with metric
Although these are plastic, they are clearly marked as metric. 250ml for a cup makes SO much sense to me.
Measuring jugs are useful for liquids, especially when mixing multiple liquids
This high powered mixer means you don’t have to muck around with spoons when your batter is stiff
More basics and getting a bit more advanced
New version of my over 10 year-old heat-resistant spatula without any creases that catch food
Long and skinny heat-resistant spatula
Baking Mats have more uses than just in a baking tray. They’re good to use as a clean rolling surface too
Helps when trying to make cream puffs or cookies the same size
A solid baking tray that will last ages
I use piping bags SO much and cleaning non-disposable ones is a hassle. Handy to have two sizes 12″ for small jobs (eg icing) and 21″ for large jobs (eg frosting)
Basics for Chocolate Tempering
Results in less chocolate flicking everywhere compared to stick ones when they inevitably fall out of the bowl
Expensive for what it is, but boy does it do a good job of making neat edges for moulded chocolates
A cheaper and more multi-purpose alternative for scraping chocolate moulds
Useful for left-over chocolate from tempering
Decorating, Shaping and Cutting Tools
Useful for cake decorating and display. It rotates so smoothly, I can stop spinning it
Essential tool set for making fondant figures
Makes adorable seaweed faces in many different shapes
Useful for lids and tiles for my games
Great for mini “proper” English scones
Makes great shapes for Veggie Land
Cookie, Cupcake, and Cream Puff Supplies
Create consistent sized, thick, domed cookies. This size is reasonable for the cookie size most normal humans want to eat in a single cookie
Great colours to help distinguish which cupcakes are yours in Roll for Flavour
Mini cupcake liners for small bites when a standard sized cupcake would be too much
Large flat liners useful for cream puffs or a round of High Tea Assassin
Holds a large individual cream puff for Patisserie Code
Fits 4 cream puffs for final part 2 Patisserie Code selection
Special Items for Specific Edible Games
Used for Treasure Cake to search for blue stashes
Nice disposable spoons for Roll for Flavour
So adorable and perfect for crowning a Monarch in High Tea Assassin
Basic requirement to make flowers in your gelatine creations for J-Wobbler
Chocolate and Food Colouring
My preferred dark chocolate. You can buy it cheaper than here, so look around online for similar items from Callebaut.
If you have to use white chocolate for decorating or otherwise, at least do yourself a favour and buy quality white chocolate
Useful for colouring cocoa butter for chocolate decorations
High quality gel food colouring perfect for cookies, cakes, and when you don’t want to add as much liquid as standard food colouring.
Two tip sizes which helps with big and small quick decorating tasks
Specialist Decorating Supplies
Classic gold balls
You can make your own with edible rice paper & colouring with pens, but these make a quick and impressive alternative
A little bit of gold leaf goes a long, long way. This is probably way more than you need