Baking can be overwhelming but when done right, it can also be super therapeutic (and yummy!) To make things easier for you, we’ve listed out the basic ingredients you’ll need in your pantry to whip up the best desserts, from cookies to brownies and beyond, all shoppable online so you don’t even need to step out!
Get Baking Ready With 8 Ingredients You’ll Need For Every Dessert Ever
Flour from Bakewala
Flour, aka maida, is the first thing you need. It’s used to make literally everything from cakes to cookies to (when you’re more experienced) bread. Once you’ve got all-purpose flour down, you can expand your bakes into trying out gluten-free or whole wheat flour.
Price: INR 47 for 500g
PS- Bakewala is an awesome website to bookmark once you start trying out slightly tougher recipes.
Unsalted Butter from Amazon
Without getting too technical, almost all recipes call for unsalted butter for the dough or for the frosting on top and to grease the pans so your dessert doesn’t stick to the bottom. We recommend the Amul Unsalted Butter but local dairy stores that make theirs fresh also work.
Price: INR 49 for 100g
PS- Amazon is a great place for moulds and cookie cutters in tons of shapes.
Eggs from BigBasket
Eggs essentially help bind the other ingredients together so unless you specifically go out looking for an eggless or vegan recipe, chances are the recipe will need an egg or few. Doesn’t matter if you use white eggs or brown, just make sure they’re room temperature when you’re ready to bake.
Price: INR 72 for a dozen
PS- a lot of recipes let you substitute the egg for a flax egg which is a vegan alternative that’s ready in minutes if you don’t eat eggs.
Baking Powder & Baking Soda from CCDS
You’ll need these two to give your desserts the airy, fluffy texture so they don’t end up thick and flat (boo!) Remember, baking soda and baking powder are not interchangeable so you’ll need to get both.
Price: INR 199 for 125g
Buy baking soda here.
Sugar from Salz & Aroma
What’s a dessert without sugar? Obviously, a poser. While you could get a bunch of different types of sugar for your bakeventures, the best option is granulated sugar that can be blended at home to make caster or icing sugar.
Price: INR 320 for 500g
Cocoa Powder from Choko La
You can’t be a chocolate lover and not make any chocolate desserts; that would just be wrong. To make sinfully delicious cakes, brownies, cookies and more, you’ll need good quality cocoa powder and this one is also vegan!
Price: INR 330 for 180g
Vanilla Essence from Urban Platter
Vanilla helps elevate the flavour of your baked goods and also helps conceal the eggy scent it could have. To start, you should get the essence drops before deciding to move on the pricier vanilla pods which feel fancy but you could do without.
Price: INR 228 for 50ml
Rainbow Sprinkles, Food Colouring & Chocolate Chips from CCDS
For the final touch, if you’re feeling like doing (and being) a little extra, you can top your dessert with rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, shiny decorative pearls or mix in some food colouring with your frosting to make it bright and colourful!
Price: INR 199 onwards
Buy food gel colours here.