i'm a new-ish baker and i'm limited on kitchen storage space. i bake cookies (drop, shaped/molded, rolled out), small cakes, quick breads, and cupcakes. i have a really cheap hand mixer, frosting tips, cake strips, a 1.5" circle cookie cutter, and a few good cake pans.
i like my baked goods to look very well put together and not so rustic if that makes sense. but i end up buying gadgets that i don't need. can you help me narrow down my shopping list?
1) standing mixer (kitchenaid, 5 qt artisan model) - is this necessary for the items i'm baking since a lot of them require folding/mixing after the creaming butter/sugar stage? do i just need to upgrade my hand mixer?
2) french rolling pin or regular with handles and pin rings? wood or silicone?
3) cookie scoop - 1T size for small cookies
4) mixing bowl - stainless, glass, plastic or ceramic?