7 Easy Ways to Up Your Spring Baking Game

03/28/2017 06:56 pm ET

It’s officially spring, and if your kitchen is still boasting last season’s wares, this post is for you. Didn’t think your baking needed a seasonal upgrade? It technically doesn’t, but there are so many new, unique, and just-plain-awesome seasonally-inspired baking goods and tools, it just makes sense to add a few to your kitchen’s arsenal. Whether you bake for gifts, for holidays, or just for your household, there’s something here for everyone!

1. Paper baking products aren’t new to the market, but if you haven’t given them a try, make it a point to for your next baking project. These tube pans are portable, inexpensive and come in several different colors and designs. Best of all? Your recipient won’t have to worry about washing and returning your pan!

2. Have a Star Wars fan in the household? These silicon baking molds are a must-have! You get seven different designs, and they’re perfect for ice cubes (try adding food coloring to the water to make them stand out!), candy making, or even mini soaps! Then, if you’re still in the mood to make, go check out this list of Star Wars craft ideas from DIY Candy!

3. A stand-out, patterned bundt pan is a perfect for taking those warm weather cakes up a notch. The Pioneer Woman uses a similar one, and, once you have it, go ahead and use it to make her Lemon Lime Pound Cake (you won’t regret, I promise you!)

4. Cute baking pans are just the beginning, though. To up your baking game even more, print out and attach these adorable Spring-themed printable gift tags to your baked goods. They come in two styles, and, attached with baker’s twine, are a simple, yet beautiful, way to package your gifted goods.

5. Well, now I’ve seen it all. This OXO Cupcake Corer is THE perfect way to gussy up your next batch of cupcakes. Just use it to remove a section of the cupcake, fill the center with icing, candy, or jam, cut the removed section in half, and place one half back on top to cover your hidden goodies. Add icing, and you’ve got a sweet treat anyone would love.

6. Haven’t been bit by the baking bug? Not a problem! A cupcake liner wreath is a great way to purchase pretty baking products and create something lovely with them outside of the kitchen! Choose plain white baking cups and color them as I did, or choose a pattern (polka dots, anyone?) for a fun twist!

7. Another great option for the non-baker? Fake it with these Garden Lites muffins—they’re a great way to get your veggies in (made with over 33% vegetables!). Click through for a high value coupon!

8. Decorative rolling pins are a fun and easy way to add some texture and pattern to your cookies and fondant. Who wouldn’t want their cookies decorated with butterflies, cats, or even personalized with your own name!

So, what did I miss? What fabulous new kitchen gadgets are YOU loving this season? Leave a comment and let us know!

Linda is the founder of burlap+blue, a space dedicated to helping women live life more creatively. She is inspired by creativity, good books and the everyday. She lives with her husband and kids in Richmond, VA. Read more at burlapandblue.com and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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