What dessert tools are considered essential when there is a range of different working styles, desserts and chefs? Not to mention the sheer variety of what the market offers.
One way to narrow down the options is to stick to what is commonly used by hobby- and professional chefs. Another is to assess what type of recipes you're likely to make in the short term.
Some tools help you cut working time, others are just more convenient and others are simply an absolute necessity. These are all points that greatly benefit owners of a pastry business.
For an overview of what is generally out there go to the pastry tools section.
Take your time to do a small inventory. It can be important if you're looking to improve work flow.
See the columns below as a checklist for you to go through. When I started making dessert recipes, I was always curious what experienced chefs had in their kitchen and why.
The list of things to add to your kitchen arsenal is incredibly long.
For those beginners, you could be tempted to buy all sorts of tools only to find later that you're not using a good part of it.
That's why you need to consider the dessert recipes you'd be inclined to make and go from there.
The above list of individual equipment is a good basis. Professional pastry chefs use most or all in the list but it doesn't mean you have to own all of them too.
You probably already have some of the kitchen instruments including pastry supplies like trays or baking paper. Stick to what you know and want to prepare.
As time goes by and your interest or passion for dessert making is maintained, you'd probably want to try out different recipes.
Perhaps something more exotic, more decorative, larger amounts or maybe acquaintances / friends are asking to make something requiring less common dessert tools.
Depending on the recipe, only then I would consider expanding my equipment set.
If they pay you to make a birthday cake grab the opportunity to do just that.