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Baking at Home for Beginners 

If you’re looking to spark some joy as a beginner baker, these colourful recipes are the perfect place to start whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for an escape on a rainy day, or just hoping to indulge your sweet tooth. Add a twist to a classic cake recipe or try something new for a delicious way to have fun baking.


5 fun baking recipes for beginners

Eat your cake and have fun making it, too. These beginner baking ideas are easy to make, even for a first-time baker. Try baking with the grandkids or kids and enjoy a new dessert and a laugh while you’re at it!


1. Reinvent the traditional birthday cake

Making a birthday cake is often our first introduction to baking. Many beginner bakers are surprised by how simple it is to perfect an easy cake recipe. 

 Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s okay to have a bit of fun. When it comes to a birthday cake, it might be as simple as a surprising colour combination, a special ingredient like lavender, or a cake in the shape of your favourite animal. Next time you’re tasked with baking a birthday cake, try putting a twist on the classics with these quirky adaptations:


  • Pink velvet cupcakes. Why should red have all the fun?

  • Rainbow sprinkle cake. With colourful sprinkles and buttercream icing, it makes anyone feel like a kid again.

  • Butterfly cake is a fun twist on a classic baking recipe. It’s great for beginner bakers just finding their wings.


2. Bake something that makes you laugh

Embrace the unexpected with your next dessert! Bring this Dirt Cake to a kid’s birthday party, and you’ll be sure to infuse the event with extra levity. Permitting the grandkids to eat “dirt” and “worms” is fun enough, but this dessert is as delicious as it is fun – as it’s an easy beginner recipe to bake. Chocolate cookies are ground up to create “earth” and gummy worms are a delicious substitute for earthworms. It’s also completely delicious, with layers of creamy topping underneath the crumbly cookie top. The fun of this dessert lies in giving kids permission to break the rules. Just wait until they tell the kids at school they ate bugs! If you want to take it to another level, include a (new, clean) garden trowel to serve it in style. Perfect for kids, and kids at heart.


3. Put a twist on a classic cake recipe

Combining two dessert favourites is double the fun. These chocolate-dipped ice cream cone cupcakes are sure to be a hit. The kids always do a double-take (and a double cake). These cute mini-ice cream cones are a fun variation on trendy cake pop desserts, but won’t melt like real ice cream cones. It’s a win-win.


4. Get creative with cake and cookie decorating 

Choose a simple cookie recipe and save your creativity for once the cookies are baked. By picking a simple cookie recipe that anyone can make, the kids will learn to bake a classic recipe and everyone can enjoy icing and decorating their cookies. Looking to bake a cake instead of cookies? Choose an easy recipe like this basic vanilla cake and have fun with colourful icing, sprinkles, or moldable fondant. You can even make marshmallow fondant at home to create a fun cake sculpture in whatever shape you fancy. 


5. Break (as you bake) the rules!

Turn a classic baking recipe upside-down. Did you think pizza was for dinner? Turns out it’s just as delicious as a dessert. Even beginner bakers can make a fun recipe that breaks the rules. Brownie pizza is a great place to start if you’re a beginner baker. Chocolate, fruit, and pecans transform brownies into a fun pizza dessert that the whole family can enjoy. 


Before you have fun breaking the rules,  learn the crucial rules of baking. That way you know where you can have fun baking treats and which baking rules are meant to be followed.


More essential baking tips to get you started

If you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to choose the perfect recipe, here are some tips and resources to help you begin your baking journey. Choose any of these points as a starting point for baking inspiration and creativity.

  • Start with a classic like cupcakes, cookies, or a simple cake and have fun with icing, sprinkles, and decorations.

  • Follow popular blogs and YouTube bakers to learn about popular recipes, baking trends, and easy recipes.

  • Baking with kids? Ask them what they love to eat, then create your own twist on a baking recipe. You can cut a cake into a new fun shape, decorate the sides of it with candy bars, or pretend a rainbow exploded by covering the whole thing in Skittles.

  • Begin by gathering all the essential tools you’ll need to bake your recipes and decorate your desserts. 

  • Choose a cookie recipe and make cookies in the shape of letters, numbers, or animals for educational fun.

Learn to bake with Boomerang’s baking experts

Our online community of beginner bakers at Boomerang love to share recipes, tips, and ideas. Whether you’re looking to try something new or to develop real baking skills, our community learns by doing. 


Join our weekly discussion group and look out for upcoming classes to learn new recipes, ask questions, try new ideas, and make new friends. Sign up for Boomerang to see all of our workshops.


Join our our upcoming workshops on How to Make Spanakopita on Wed. Oct. 14, 2020 from 4:00PM - 5:00PM EDT.




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