How to Bake

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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Make Pie Like a Pro
How to Make a Piecrust

Get our no-fail tips and tricks for how to shape, roll, and fold a homemade piecrust.

Tips for How to Bake a Pie

Learn to bake a single- or double-crust pie that's perfect every time.

How to Make Meringue Topping

Meringue pie topping is so easy to make thanks to these simple steps.

How to Make a Cake
How to Bake and Frost a Cake

We walk you through the basics for how to make a cake.

How to Make Fondant

Shhh.... It's easier than you think with our simple shortcut!

How to Make Desserts

How to Bake: More of Our Favorite Treats
How to Make Doughnuts

Follow our simple steps for homemade cake doughnuts.

How to Make Cheesecake

Our easy cheesecake recipe is sure to impress.

How to Make Angel Food Cake

Make angel food cake that's light and fluffy every time.

Everything in How to Bake
Baking Basics
  • How to Bake Bread

    Whether you're a beginner or a pro, our tips for baking bread will yield delicious results every time.

  • How to Make Bread Dough

    Try our foolproof instructions for making delicious loaves of white and wheat bread dough from scratch.

  • How to Make Doughnuts

    Surprise your family with homemade doughnuts. We'll take you from mixing the dough to icing and decorating.

  • How to Make No-Knead Bread

    You can skip the kneading step when you make our recipe for airy and delicious no-knead bread.

  • Bread Machine Charts

    Before you bake your next loaf of bread, check out our printable charts with troubleshooting tips and more.

  • How to Convert Recipes for Bread Machines

    We have the 411 on how to easily convert your traditional recipes to work in a bread machine.

  • How to Make Bread Cubes

    Your holiday stuffing will be simply irresistible when you use our tips for making homemade bread cubes.

  • How to Make Cinnamon Rolls

    Now you can add homemade cinnamon rolls to your breakfast or brunch menu with our easy step-by-step instructions.

  • How to Make Muffins

    We'll show you how to make delicious muffins that can be customized with your favorite toppings.

  • How to Make Yeast Bread

    With our tips and step-by-step instructions, you'll soon be making yeast bread like a pro.

  • Tips for Making Quick Bread

    Quick breads are breakfast, brunch, and holiday favorites. Use our pointers to bake for success.

Cobblers and Crisps
  • How to Make Fruit Cobbler

    Our cobblers are topped with light, flaky biscuits. Select your favorite fruit filling and follow our easy how-to.

Cookies and Bars
  • How to Make Bar Cookies

    Bar cookies are always a hit at the holidays. Choose your favorite recipe and follow our step-by-step directions.

  • How to Make Brownies

    Don't buy a brownie mix when you can make your own tasty recipe from scratch with our easy instructions.

  • How to Make Cookie Dough

    Follow our simple guidelines for making dough, and your homemade cookies will turn out perfect and delicious.

  • How to Make Fresh Raspberry Bars

    Cooking guru Scott Peacock shares his secrets for making summery dessert bars starring fresh raspberries.

  • How to Test Cookies for Doneness

    Follow our expert advice on how to tell when your cookies, brownies, and bars are done to perfection.

Cakes and Cupcakes
  • How to Make Tiramisu

    You don't need to be a pro to make a delicious tiramisu. Just follow our directions to make this Italian dessert.

  • How to Make Sponge Cake

    Sponge cakes are as easy to make as they are delicious to eat. Here's how to make this airy dessert.

  • How to Make a Cake Roll

    Don't let cake rolls fool you. They look hard to make, but they're easier than you think with our how-to steps.

  • How to Keep Cake from Sticking to the Pan

    Here's our best advice for preparing your baking pans so your cakes remove easily without falling apart.

  • How to Make Buttercream Frosting

    If your mouth waters at the thought of icing a cake with a tasty buttercream frosting, just follow our easy steps.

  • How to Make a Cake

    Your favorite cakes will turn out delicious every time you bake when you follow our simple steps for success.

  • Cake Decorating Ideas and Tips

    Make your cakes the star of the party with our decorating ideas that allow you to be as creative as you like.

  • How to Make Angel Food Cake

    Angel food cakes are the perfect any-occasion dessert. You can make one from scratch in just six easy steps.

  • How to Make Cheesecake

    If you love eating cheesecake when you dine out, try making one at home with our simple step-by-step directions.

  • How to Make Cupcakes

    Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for any party or occasion. Make yours from scratch with our basic tips.

Pies and Tarts


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