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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How to Freeze Cakes So You've Always Got a Dessert on Deck

Freezing cakes for later can be a great way to get a head start on dessert. Follow our directions on how to freeze layer cakes and sheet cakes so you can always have a delicious dessert at the ready.
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21 Essential Baking Tools Every Home Cook Needs (Plus 16 That Are Nice to Have)

If you’re a beginner baker who’s just starting out (or a master chef looking to declutter), start with this list of baking must-haves. We’ll help you set up a baking kit for beginners with 21 essential tools. Or for those who already own these tools, this list may finally provide the motivation you need to toss that never-been-used soufflé dish. Building your essential baking toolbox starts here!
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Silpat’s New Baking Molds Are Your Holiday Baking Secret Weapon

The nonstick mat got a MAJOR makeover. Add all 5 to your Christmas wish list, if you can wait that long.
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How to Make Cheese Danish Pastries

You'll look forward to waking up when Danish pastries are on the menu! This is how to make Danish pastries from scratch to impress guests at your next brunch or when you want to treat yourself to a special sweet breakfast. Try the pastries plain or make irresistible filled danishes. These flaky, light-as-air pastries are well worth the effort.
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How to Make Pretzels

The secret to a perfect soft pretzel recipe is a little food science. It's all about the baking soda. Follow along as we show you how to make pretzels at home starting with the pretzel ingredients, shaping the dough into that classic pretzel twist, mastering the baking soda bath, and baking to chewy perfection. You'll be running a pretzel factory from your kitchen in no time.
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How to Slightly Beat Eggs

Find out how to achieve lightly beat eggs to use in a variety of recipes! This technique is simple and easy to learn. Try it out today in one of the recipes provided!
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How to Beat Egg Whites to Soft Peaks

It's simple to beat eggs to soft peaks. Just take a look at these easy step-by-step directions!
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How to Make Powdered Sugar Icing

Three ingredients, one step -- one delicious bowl of icing. We show you how to make homemade icing to drizzle over your favorite homemade cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies, and cakes.