Comfy Caking

Halloween cupcake T-shirt

The traditional baking attire includes an apron and a chef’s hat, but is that what we really wear in our kitchens? On occasion you may see me scrambling in my kitchen with my pastry camp chef’s hat on, one of my twenty aprons tied around my waist, or ever my personalized chef’s coat I received as a Christmas gift a few years ago. But, for the most part, I plan, bake and decorate in my favorite sweatpants and a t-shirt, or a tank top if it’s warm.

I always tell my friends and family, “When I open my bakery, the uniform will be giant sweatpants and a tank top.” I am most comfortable in this outfit, and sweatpants make the perfect hand-wiper in a pinch!

What about you guys? What do you prefer to bake in? The traditional hat and apron… Pajamas… A mix of the two?

Do you have a specific baking outfit that you keep just for the kitchen?

If not, would you like one? Baking t-shirts are popping up all over the Internet. Just search “baking shirt” or “cake shirt” in your favorite search engine and you’ll find hundreds of choices. Just yesterday I came across an adorable Halloween cupcake t-shirt via Twitter. One look and I put my order in – I hope it comes in time for me to make some scary sweet treats!

Happy Caking!



  1. I always wear my apron because I’m a little messy and accident-prone and things tend to go everywhere, but I’m totally with you on the sweat pants. Comfy stuff that allows for movement is the best idea!

  2. Michelle.I would like to purchase a t shirt/chefs jacket etc that have a cake/cupcake design on them. I would like to buy from a Canadian source.Any ideas?

  3. I just wear whatever I have on at the time, roll my sleeves up and get stuck in!
    It’s my birthday soon, and an apron is top of my gift wishlist, so hopefully, that’s what I’ll be wearing soon! 🙂
    kisses x

  4. I love to bake in my PJs or. Sweats w/a big T-shirt, lol. I like a lot of room in my clothes to move around. I feel most comfy in these. I rush to change my clothes when my customer calls to say that they are on their way, lol 🙂

  5. Well, I bake in whatever I’m wearing at the time. 😛 …I don’t exactly have special outfit and I don’t bother putting on apron most of the time. Although sometimes its kinda troublesome not having a place to wipe my hands with. Sometimes I tie a cloth onto my shirt/pants or tuck it into a pocket…or if I feel like it, just put on my apron.

  6. I used to bake in an apron (a half one) but no chef’s hat. lol ~ now mostly I bake (and decorate) in jeans, boots and one of many horse t-shirts. Don’t worry, I clean up good first! =-)

  7. My nightgown is my favorite thing to bake in – maybe because I often bake late at night, so when I’m done I can just slip right into bed, still smelling sweetly of baked goods 😀

    I keep a tea towel handy for wiping my hands, so I don;t get my nighties too messed up.

  8. Well, in pastry school we have to wear the chef’s jacket, chef’s pants, an apron and the pastry hat (which is more like a beanie thank goodness) but I have always said when I open my bakery it will be jeans and cute t-shirts. Maybe even tanks for summer for the people that work up front. I don’t want anyone to hate what they have to wear. Cause I am so not a fan of the chef’s jacket. It is so hot in those things!! So, at home I am usually in sweat pants, a tank or t-shirt and a full apron.

  9. I absolutely LOVE house dresses! I have several clean-cut, frilly comfy dresses and I wear a nice sturdy apron over them. I have a collection of vintage aprons, some are “Little House on the Prairie”-ish, and some are flowery, some are french country, and some are just plain and functional. I even have one a friend gave me from Starbucks when she worked there LOL! I must have over 100 by now. But I love to be the “mom in the kitchen”, baking my family breads and goodies. It’s OK to be a strong yet femininely-dressed woman who loves running her household. My husband calls me the CEO of the Home ;o)

  10. I like to bake in comfy pj’s or clothing, but the shirt has to have short sleeves. I find working with fondant a lot, if I am fighting with sleeves rolling down all the time, I get hair or lint on the fondant! Grrrr! Aprons are great too, but my holey shoes help keep my feet happy when I am on them for hours and hours.

  11. For my old job, I was asked to wear a white T-shirt (Hanes men’s X-large, and bleach-able)and black pants (elastic-waist scrub pants from my supercenter). They are really comfy, and I can just layer a sweater or cotton blouse on top for a delivery without looking like a total slob:) But at home? Flannel jammie bottoms, t-shirt, old sweatshirt, socks, and slip-on sneakers!

  12. When I bake from home I must be comfy! Therefore I wear a T-shirt and leggings. Minus the man made torture device the BRA!!!! Hate being restricted…heh,heh,he

  13. Fleece, thermal, or velour pants-shorts and an oversied tee. I’m all about comfort!! I have a pair of “slippers” I wear too. Leopard print Mary Janes made of velour with non skid bottoms. I hate feeling anything on my feet from the kitchen floor.

  14. I bake quite a bit at home,therefore i prefer to put on something comfortable and be able to move around in without catching anything on fire!usually it’ll be slacks or sweatpants…..and a basic t-shirt and not to forget something to cover my noone wants to spit up strands of hair…yuck!

  15. After learning the hard way you can not wear jeans when decorating cakes as you get dark bits in your sugar paste, I now keep a cotton pair of casual trousers and a white T-shirt, I did buy a hat but it was too big so I must think of some other head gear.

  16. I bake in whatever I’m wearing at the time, I do have an apron, that i sometimes wear, but I agree, I do love to wear trackies (sweat pants) and a singlet (tank) top..
    P.S what on earth is a spag? and danskos? 🙂

  17. I bake in an apron (sometimes) but ALWAYS wear my brown and pink Boston Red Sox hat. I may be far from home, but home is never far from my heart. I almost never wear shoes, but am always looking for some comphy ones that aren’t crocs or danskos

  18. When i bake at home, i wear something simple like just a spag & short pants. When i go to work in pastry dept, dressing rules attached for safety. Thick apron & shirt are for shielding hot stuff. Heavy shoes are for shielding our feet from heavy stuff drop on it. But i totali hate the high chef hat cause it tends to drop frequently. XD


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