Learning how to bake can be intimidating as it requires precise measurements and not following a recipe step-by-step can result in a deflated cake, bread that can break down a door, or pie crust that is drier than the Arizona desert. Thankfully, the internet can save even the most novice of bakers with the plethora of guides to lead you to success.
If you are new to baking and feel a bit intimidated about what supplies to get, Martha Stewart has provided a handy guide to ensure you will have delicious baked goods popping out of the oven every time. Buzzfeed even has a handy list of tips that will make every beginner a culinary whiz. Once you have all the tools and tricks you need to set up shop, check out the following five recipes that will make every beginner baker look like a seasoned Mary Berry.
As the note for this recipe says, if you put enough butter, cream, or chocolate in something, it is going to taste good, and this recipe doesn’t fail to deliver. Using chocolate pudding, chocolate wafers, chocolate candy bars, and heavy cream, this decadent dessert is the perfect summer treat as it is served after being refrigerated overnight and doesn’t require you to heat up the kitchen. If you are feeling like mixing it up, substitute the chocolate pudding mix for one of the many available flavors, like pistachio, lemon, crème brûlée, or custard. You can also mix up the toffee chocolate bars for anything from Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfinger, or Crunch bars. After you make this once, this icebox cake will be your go-to recipe for your next summer potluck!
This bright cake is perfect for a sunny day! Topped with a light, whipped raspberry frosting that is sandwiched between an airy lemon cake, this will be one of your favorite cake in the months to come. Not only is this a delicious ending to any dinner, the entire cake batter is made in one bowl and only requires ingredients that can be readily found in most pantries and refrigerators. Even though this cake is the perfect accompaniment to a neighbor’s backyard barbeque or weekend dinner party, it is still easy enough to whip up on a weeknight. The lightly sweetened raspberry whipped cream pairs perfectly with the bold lemon cake, which is a variation on a classic vanilla cake. The next time you’re required to bring a dessert to a friendly get-together, prepare this lovely dessert, and people with think you are a master baker.
Every baker needs a go-to cookie recipe up their sleeve and why not perfect this peanut-buttery cookie recipe that will have everyone going back for seconds (and thirds). This recipe creates the perfectly chewy cookie, thick on savory peanut butter taste. Not only does it deliver the ideal peanut butter punch, but it is also full of crushed peanuts and peanut butter chips. Once you make this recipe once, you will find yourself making it again and again. It will pair perfectly with a late-night glass of milk, or a neat glass of rye whiskey.
Banana bread is also the perfect conduit of nostalgia: who else remembers the smell of freshly baked banana bread wafting from their grandmother’s kitchen? Really, there’s nothing better than a nutty, warm slice of banana bread accompanied with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. If you are new to baking, making banana bread from scratch is like a rite of passage: it’s the perfect morning treat for guests and makes a thoughtful housewarming gift for your friends or new neighbors. Best of all, the recipe calls for overripe bananas, so you won’t waste and throw out old fruit. Next time you are in the mood for a warm, homemade dessert, treat yourself to this beautiful cake.
An extremely versatile recipe, this classic cheesecake can be varied in a multitude of ways. The crust can be made with the traditional graham cracker crust, or you can choose your favorite cookie, from gingersnaps to macaroons. This creamy cake is almost like a traditional New York Cheesecake, but lemon can be added to make its creamy cheese filling burst with a citrus kick. You can also vary the filling by adding either sour cream or heavy cream, or a variation of both. Sour cream provides the tangy bite associated with traditional New York Cheesecakes while the heavy cream will provide a milder and smoother flavor profile. Once you have the basic recipe down, you can further doctor up your cheesecake by adding chocolate swirls, fruit compote, or a drizzle of caramel. This might be the most difficult of the five recipes, but it is worth the effort every time!