Jam-filled love letters piped with tiny black hearts; honey bee cookies with delicate slivered almond wings; a “Cat Paradise Cake” crowned with a sugar paste rainbow. Kim-Joy Hewlett became a fan-favorite on The Great British Bake-Off last year for her intricate, adorable baked goods, so it should come as no surprise that her debut cookbook, Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile, is full of accordingly lovable recipes. Hewlett told me in a recent conversation that she believes taste starts with how things look, and decorated food can also create social moments—a talking point at a party, or a way to bring the family together for an afternoon of icing and frosting. However, if you’re new to baking, the idea of tackling detailed designs can be daunting. Luckily, Hewlett shared some staple tools that bakers need for getting started, whether you’re looking to try out bread or make an ombré cake for your friends’ birthday. Piping bags and tips for decorating, Dutch ovens for rustic breads, and high-quality food dye are all on the list—she even included some unexpected baking tools as well, like shower caps. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) We can’t promise th...