Baking Supplies, Storage & Organization

In my last post I talked about some of the ways I keep my cake pops simple and easy to make.    For me, one of the best ways to keep my treats simple and easy to make (while still being relatively cute) is to keep my kitchen stocked with a few “essential” items.    Let me share with you a few of the things I try to always have on hand…

I’m not the most organized person, and for any ounce of creativity I might have, I have about twice as much ADHD fighting it every step of the way.   My desk is usually a disaster, I lose my keys at least three times a day, I can’t keep track of appointments and consider chaos a permanent state of being.   In spite of all that, I have learned that keeping some basic items on hand and keeping them at least somewhat organized, makes baking, packaging and presenting my sweets and treats more enjoyable.

Let’s start with what I consider to be one of the most important tools in my baking arsenal.   Sprinkles!

This cupboard makes me happy.  It has not always looked like this.  For YEARS my sprinkles were spread out between four or five different cupboards, with no organization what so ever.  I would hit the baking supply store and come home to find not only did I not buy what I needed, but I bought sprinkles I didn’t need (my collection of red sprinkles is ridiculous – apparently I always mistakenly think I need them).

At some point I realized that they (or should I say, I)  had to get organized.   This cupboard used to be home to things like margarita glasses, spare dishes, a variety of things I really never use.  Given that I use sprinkles weekly, it made sense to donate some glassware and find a home in a garage cabinet for those extra plates that get used once every year or two.    I have a fairly small kitchen and storage is always an issue, so devoting a cabinet to sprinkles seemed a bit crazy, but it was a great move.

My sprinkles are stored in the cabinet above what I call my “corner”.   It’s the space I stand to do all of my baking and food prep.  I have the sink to my right, my sprinkles up above me and my drawer of utensils right in front of me.    Before trips to the baking supply store I can quickly inventory what I need, which is made much easier by storing my sprinkles by color.   I realize not everyone is going to have a rainbow worth of sprinkles at home, but having some basics on hand can be helpful.  I also like to have mini chocolate chips, and try to stock up whenever I find seasonal colors, especially if I can find them with expiration dates well into the future.

Speaking of my “corner” I recently bought some inexpensive large glass jars to keep my flours in, and they sit out on the counter top in my corner, along with my KitchenAid mixer.   Not having to open and close a messy flour bag every time I bake is bliss.  I love it and should have done it years ago.   I keep a measuring cup in each jar – if I’m going to scoop the flour out, I might as well measure it!   I also moved items like sugar, powdered sugar, oatmeal, oat bran, chocolate chip and the like to storage containers.  They are so much easier to use, there is less mess and it is very easy to quickly see what I’m running low on.

So back to what I like to keep on hand.  In addition to sprinkles, I keep a variety of cupcake liners…

I keep my liners (loosely organized by color), along with my frosting bags and tips in these nifty storage boxes I found at Target a month or two ago.   I love these boxes, they stack nicely and fit perfectly in my cupboards.   They let me utilize the high shelves in my kitchen (without having to stand on a char!).

I also keep my cookie cutters in them as well as misc decorating supplies, candles, decorative picks…

I love that these boxes are clear, so I easily know which to grab.  In case you wanted to find some of these boxes, here’s the label that is on them…

I believe these are the same boxes, but in store I paid less than $3 a piece on sale for them.

I also keep a few different sizes of lollipop sticks and cellophane bags on hand.   While baking supply stores have the best variety, you can find a decent selection at craft stores and even Walmart.   The cute Halloween bags on top are ones I picked up in the Halloween section at Walmart this week.

If you are going to have bags on hand, it’s a good idea to have ribbon on hand as well.   I purchase my ribbon mainly at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.   I try to only buy it when it’s on sale, and I keep them in a Ziploc bag that I keep in one of my kitchen cupboards.   I used to keep them with my craft supplies, but find it so much handier to keep them in the kitchen.   I love large Ziploc bags.  From piping frosting to protecting my iPad in the kitchen, Ziploc bags rock my world.

When you combine some sprinkles, some clear bags and some ribbon, you can quickly pull together treats to give out…

The super cute printable tags are from Five By Design.

So to recap, my baking supply essentials include sprinkles, cellophane bags, lollipop sticks, cupcake liners and ribbon, as well as a few inexpensive pails, buckets or baskets.

By having these items on hand, I can come up with treats like these quickly and easily without a trip to a store, which is important when you have an 18 month old who does not enjoy shopping.

The majority of the containers I use come from the dollar section at Target.   One thing I’ve learned, at least about my Target, is that the dollar section changes almost daily.   One day they have apple green tubs, the next day they have brick red.   I make sure to check the dollar section on each visit.   And while Styrofoam is great for sticking cake pops in to, it’s not always cheap and it’s really messy to cut to fit containers.   My solution?  Great big bags of dried beans from Costco.   All those cake pops are standing up in pinto beans.   Probably a bit odd, but it works for me!

And my final kitchen essential?   My sparkly skulls.  I’m going to cry when Halloween is over.   Or maybe I’ll just keep them up year round.  :)

I’d love to know what your tips are for keeping your baking supplies organized!

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this post so much – other people’s kitchen cupboards are fascinating! I only had 5 cupboards in my kitchen and 4 of those are taken up with crockery and pots/pans so I had to invest in a little storage trolley to keep my baking stuff in but I love it! It’s on wheels so I can drag it to where I need it and use it as extra counter space and it lives under the worktop so it’s out the way if I don’t need it.

  2. says

    I really enjoyed your post. I’ve never been good at packaging my treats but I’ve been trying to improve. I have the same pails from Target and love to hit the $1 bins, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • says

      You know me so well! :) I’ve been laying in bed at night (insomnia!) thinking of how I can making a silver glittery snowman and a few Christmas trees. I have plans and a glue gun. Be afraid!

  3. says

    This is so organized! I have organized my stuff for the last time a couple of weeks ago but probably I’ll have to do it this week again. I never seem to keep things organized for a long time lol

    Have a nice day! :)

  4. says

    Oh, I love your sprinkle collection!! I can totally relate to this post. I am always picking up treat bags,little pails, and ribbon because you never know when you need a to whip together a sweet treat for someone! Thanks for sharing. ♥

  5. says

    It’s always interesting to see how other bakers solve their storage problems. I love those clear bins fromTarget. Perfect for the high shelves I also have in my kitchen. I love your sparkly skull. I have one in black and one in purple tucked into the bookshelf in my living room and will be sad to put them away when Halloween is over.

  6. says

    I too, love all my sprinkles. I have mine in the glass jars that we get our refrigerated salad dressings in at the grocery store. The lids are plastics so they will not rust like the canning jar lids. (the dollar tree, also has glass jars with plastic white lids, that are great) I love to look at all my sprinkles, holiday sugars, etc. I use a black sharpie marker and write on the backs, of the jars as to when I purchased the item, so my stock is always fresh. (Bulk food stores or Amish areas always have the best sprinkles and sugars) I also mark my sugars, baking soda/powder, etc with their expiration dates, so nothing is used passed their time. Love your site, just found it tonight, but I’m sure I will be visiting often.

  7. khadija says

    I love your sprinkle cupboard.When i first say that i went crazy.I would love to have a cupboard like that.To bad i live at home still and don’t have my own cupboard,but same day soon i will have my organized cupboard.I’m a very organized person so i store all my baking items in empty shoe boxes,a hat box my mom gave me,and inside my cupcake carries.I plan on going shopping soon to stack up on supplies as well as storage items.Have a lovely day.

  8. Jamily says

    LOve your ideas and insight, Thank you for sharing. I have a big pantry and one shelf is almost devoted to baking supplies. I don’t live in a big city so finding baking supplies is almost impossible. so when I go down state i stock up on bakin supplies from teh big stores.

  9. Kacee says

    I love storing the dried goods like that. I have started to do that with the bulk goods I buy. It does make it much easier to use and see what you have. Great idea with $1 section at target, I love all the goodies you can find there.

  10. Francesca says

    wow, wow, wowwww! I love the post. I am very anal about keeping organised. Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas.

  11. Wendi says

    Where did you get the small and large containers your sprinkles are stored in? I have so many sprinkles and I loved the way yours are “on display”!!

  12. Valentina says

    Thanks for your ideas, it was great! You mention that you got printables tags from Five by Design, I tried to look for that website I couldn’t find it. Can you please help on this? Thanks again and hope to hear from you.

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