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We've got tips and techniques for every type of baker, from pros to novices. Get expert techniques for how to bake bread, muffins, scones, cookies, cakes, pies, and more. Our how-to guide for baking has information useful for beginning bakers and baking pros alike. We have basics—baking at high altitude, baking substitutions, explanations such as baking soda versus baking powder, how to measure, and so much more. We also have expert techniques for advanced baking skills, such as how to make the perfect piecrust dough, including how to give it a special edge or woven lattice top. Our step-by-step photos will walk you through all the baking basics, from brownies and breads to cobblers and cakes. We even have guides and instructional videos for stunning cake decorating so you can bake celebration cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You'll beam with pride when you skip the store-bought cupcakes and instead make your own bakery-style versions at home. And you'll never lament a stuck cake again with our tips to avoid cakes that fall apart when they come out of the oven.

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