Baking How-to

Baking How-to is a helpful guide that will get you prepped for creating outstanding dishes in the oven. Learn about the difference between baking powder and baking soda, how to use yeast and the basics to become the go to baker in your household.


Those coffee beans you grind for fresh brew actually come from a fruit, and the flesh of that fruit is being used in a new way — to make flour.

Valentine's Day is a general get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to counting calories, so make this year extra special for your special someone with one of these sweet treats.

Cupcakes go from class party to gourmet gala with these decorating techniques. When a swipe of plain old chocolate frosting just won't cut it, punch up the visual appeal of your cupcakes with our tips.

Cupcakes are a perfect dessert or anytime sweet treat. And they're great food for parties and celebrations because these days, you can make a cupcake look and taste like just about anything.

Nowadays, you don't have to be invited to a wedding reception to see a really creative cake. Inventive decorating techniques are letting even novice cake decorators build innovative cakes.

Whether you're baking a cake for a child's birthday or as a housewarming gift for friends, you want the cake to look as good as it tastes. These essentials will help you achieve confection perfection.

When you think of cake, the usual suspects come to mind: butter, sugar, flour, eggs and maybe some chocolate. But would you consider adding hot peppers, soda, or even some pasta to your baking masterpiece?

That rich pumpkin filling and gooey melange of cinnamon apples can't stand alone on the dessert cart -- they belong inside a flaky, buttery pie crust. The crust makes or breaks a pie, which explains why so many of us buy them premade.

The perfectly iced little cakes you buy at your local bakery make cupcake baking seem like a snap. But when you try to bake your own, you end up with lumpy cakes smeared with runny icing. Where did you go wrong?

Some cupcakes are so intricately frosted that they're like little works of edible art -- but that's not going to stop you from eating them.

Fondant can be the syrupy goodness of a chocolate covered cherry or the center of a Cadbury Creme Egg. But most people know it as the smooth icing used to cover a fancy cake. It's all in how it's made.

There are many ways your cookies can go wrong. From the cookies merging together on the sheet to the bottoms burning to an undesirable shade of black, the bottom line is baking isn't easy. But these tips may help!

Upon a base of pastry dough, many irresistible creations have been made. But a pie with a tough crust won't win you any awards.

Baking powder is an essential ingredient when preparing and making baked goods. As a leavening agent it gives volume and a fluffy texture to muffins, breads and cakes. Learn more about baking powder and how it is used in this article.

Sucralose is a sugar substitute that is made from sugar, but it adds no calories to your total food intake because it isn't digested. Read this article to learn more about sucralose and how to use it.

Vanilla sugar is sugar that has been flavored with a vanilla bean. It can be made from scratch or found at gourmet stores. Read this article to learn more about vanilla sugar.

Baking yeast, which comes in three varieties, is used for baking bread. Learn more about baking yeast here, including the differences between the 3 types you would find in a grocery store.

Did you know that real vanilla comes from actual vanilla pods and imitation vanilla is made from coal tar? Read this article to learn more about the differences between real and imitation vanilla.

A water bath is used when cooking foods that require a moist cooking environment, like custards and puddings. Learn more about how to make one in your own home.

For people with egg allergies or living a vegan lifestyle, baking without using eggs is mandatory. Luckily there are several ingredients that can be used in place of eggs. Learn where to find egg-less recipes and ingredients and discover cooking with egg substitutes.

The many different types of baking flour, such as cake flour, pastry flour, and others, can be confusing. Using the right type of flour can make all the difference in taste and texture. Find baking powder facts and information.

Every baker wants to make a perfect batch of cookies. In order to make the perfect batch, you need to know a little more than how to just 'mix and bake'. Check out our questions about making cookies and find hints and tips for common cookie problems.

Baking powder is a leavener that makes baked goods rise and is similar to baking soda. Their properties are slightly different, so one should not be substituted for another. Learn how to use and store baking powder in this article.

Have you ever wondered how you can make a decorative pie that looks like the ones in bakeries? Get practical tips for baking pies, including how to make decorative crusts, how to avoid a soggy crust, how to prepare fruit for pies, and more.

In today's fast-paced world, who has time to bake delicious brownies, biscuits, and other desserts from scratch? Luckily there are plenty of baking mixes available for making quick desserts that taste like you spent hours baking. Read more.