Building A Baking Pantry

A comprehensive list of baking essentials to keep in your pantry. With these ingredients at your fingertips you should be able to bake to your hearts content!

Welcome to my pantry!  Ok, maybe not really my pantry, but an in-depth look at what I keep on hand for baking!

Every once in a while I like to take a look at what I’ve got in my pantry and stock up.  Baking is so much more fun when you’re not constantly running out to the grocery store buying ingredients that you don’t have.  So I figured while I was re-stocking my pantry, I would help you stock yours!  I often get e-mails asking me for baking tips and questions about ingredients, so this is a good chance for me to answer some of the very basics of baking…and I’m not a baking expert, just a home baker who’s made a few recipes in my time.

Stocking up a Baking Pantry

So here’s my list for the basic baking ingredients I like to keep on hand.  These are for everyday simple recipes like cookies, cakes, quick breads and loaves, desserts, and breads.  With these ingredients at your fingertips you should be able to bake to your hearts content!

Stocking up a Baking Pantry


Building a Baking Pantry…stocking up on the essentials!

  1. Flours:  All Purpose, Whole Wheat, Cake Flour, Oat Flour
  2. Oats:  Quick Oats and Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  3. Oat Bran:  I like to add oat bran to pancakes, cookies, muffins, and breads.
  4. Wheat Germ
  5. Corn Meal
  6. Baking Soda
  7. Baking Powder
  8. Cream of Tartar
  9. Corn Starch
  10. Salt
  11. Sugars:  Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Icing (Confectioner’s Sugar)
  12. Honey
  13. Molasses
  14. Corn Syrup
  15. Spices:  Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Nutmeg, Ground Cloves, Allspice
  16. Cocoa Powder
  17. Vanilla Extract
  18. Raisins
  19. Dates (in brick form)
  20. Other Dried Fruit:  Apricots, Cranberries
  21. Chocolate Chips:  Milk Chocolate, Semi Sweet
  22. Baking Chocolate Squares (Semi-Sweet)
  23. Nuts:  Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts
  24. Coconut:  Shredded Sweetened, Shredded Unsweetened
  25. Marshmallows (for last minute rice crispie squares!)
  26. Coconut Milk:  Coconut milk is a great milk alternative, and it adds great flavour to baking.
  27. Almond Milk:  This is also a great milk alternative in baking.
  28. Evaporated Milk
  29. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  30. Powdered Milk
  31. Vegetable Oil
  32. Applesauce
  33. White Vinegar
  34. Lard/Shortening
  35. Peanut Butter
  36. Extracts:  Almond, Mint
  37. Canned Pumpkin
  38. Canned Peaches
  39. Canned Pie Fillings
  40. Jello Packages
  41. Dried Yeast

 Stocking the fridge for baking:

  1. Eggs:  I always use large eggs.
  2. Butter:  Salted or Unsalted.  I always prefer to use salted butter, but will cut down on the salt in my recipes to accommodate.
  3. Cream Cheese
  4. Sour Cream
  5. Yogurt:  Plain or Greek
  6. Milk
  7. Yeast
  8. Powdered Milk (in the freezer)
  9. Puffed Pastry  (in the freezer)


Here is a checklist that you can print off and use to get your pantry stocked!  Just drag the checklist image below on to your desktop and print it off.

Baking Essentials: A Pantry Checklist

Building A Baking Pantry {A Pretty Life}

Stocking a Baking Pantry with Essentials

Now that your pantry is stocked you can get baking!  Make sure to check out my collection of Classic Baking Recipes.

A Collection of Classic Baking Recipes



What am I missing?  Do you have any other ingredients to add to this list?  Leave a note in the comments!

Happy Baking!

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  1. This is a great list! I am so bad at keeping baking ingredients on hand… a couple of weeks ago I actually lost my entire spice basket! My hubby and I went to bake something and could not find it anywhere! After looking extensively for several days we gave up and bought all new spices! Which is aggravating but I did finally find adorable spice containers to corral my collection. Won’t be losing those bad boys again. 😉 I will definitely have to add some of these items to my “keep stocked” list!

  2. Thank you so much for this list! We lost our home in the recent Camp Fire, we are finally in a new home after living in an RV for a few months! I was trying to think of everything I need to rebuild my baking cupboard! I can’t wait to start baking again!

    1. Hi Kristy! I’m so happy this list helped you to rebuild your baking pantry…I’m so sorry you lost your home in that terrible fire! All the best to you in your new home, and happy baking! xo