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.  😉

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!

Building A Baking Pantry {A Pretty Life}


Building a Baking Pantry

  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. Spices:  Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Nutmeg, Ground Cloves, Allspice
  15. Cocoa Powder
  16. Vanilla Extract
  17. Raisins
  18. Other Dried Fruit:  Apricots, Cranberries
  19. Chocolate Chips:  Milk Chocolate, Semi Sweet
  20. Baking Chocolate Squares (Semi-Sweet)
  21. Nuts:  Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts
  22. Coconut:  Shredded Sweetened, Shredded Unsweetened
  23. Marshmallows (for last minute rice crispie squares!)
  24. Coconut Milk:  Coconut milk is a great milk alternative, and it adds great flavour to baking.
  25. Almond Milk:  This is also a great milk alternative in baking.
  26. Condensed Milk:  Sweetened and Regular.
  27. Vegetable Oil
  28. Apple Sauce (as a fats alternative)
  29. White Vinegar
  30. Lard
  31. Peanut Butter


 Building a Baking Pantry:  In the fridge

  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)


Building A Baking Pantry {A Pretty Life}

Now that your pantry is stocked you can get baking!  Make sure to check out my baking page for recipes to get started!



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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  • Reply
    Betsy @ Happily Ever After Etc.
    January 17, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    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!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Oh no hee hee! That’s why I’m cleaning my pantry this week too LOL! SO much stuff in there!

  • Reply
    February 2, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    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!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      February 2, 2019 at 8:34 PM

      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

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