Baking may seem easy on the surface, but there is actually a lot that's going on; math, science, and creativity are all involved in being successful at it. Luckily, you won't have to think too hard with these baking for beginner charts that will help you focus on the fun part of making delicious treats to share (or not) with friends and family.
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- Healthy baking substitutions
- Buttercream frosting recipes
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- Baking troubleshooting
- Generally useful baking tips and guides
- Bonus 1! Gluten-free flour substitutions
- Bonus 2! Vegan baking substitutions
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How to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies
Everyone's definition of the perfect chocolate chip is different, but this chart shows you what tweaks to make to fit your preference. Whether you like chewy or crunchy, this infographic's got you covered. (via Greatist)
How to cut any recipe in half
I know that baking is a science and that it involves math, but I don't want to have to think too hard about it! Here's a chart to help you with proper reductions if you don't want to make a full recipe.
Also, the infographic is correct in that half of a tablespoon is 1.5 teaspoons. The decimal may be hard to see but it's there! (via He and She Eat Clean)
Speaking of math making my head hurt, for the times you wonder how many cups are in a quart and so forth, grab this free printable. (via Munch Munch Yum)
Baking pan conversions
And even more math that you don't need to do with another handy chart. If you aren't equipped with a dozen different pans, use this guide for the appropriate portions with what you do have in your kitchen. (via Just a Pinch)
Two things that can get annoying with baking: getting to the middle of a recipe and realizing you're missing a crucial ingredient, or just missing one thing that doesn't justify a trip to the store. Solve that with this nifty baking swaps chart. (via Just a Pinch)
Healthy baking substitutions
While the chart above turns you into Ms. McGyver, this one gives your baking some Dr. Oz flair. (via Pin source)
Buttercream frosting recipes
But sometimes, you just want that rich, buttery goodness. here's a cheat sheet with a good number of buttercream frosting recipes. Yum! (via She Knows)
Piping decorating tip reference table
And with that buttercream frosting chart comes this useful piping chart so you can decorate and make your desserts just as pleasing to the eye. (via Twist N Swirl)
If you're no Martha Stewart like me and run into more baking disasters than hits, this chart will surely help you out. (via Pin source)
Generally useful baking tips and guides
And if all else fails, at least you can count on this guide to give you useful baking tips. (via Love This Pic)
Bonus 1! Gluten-free flour substitutions
It can be hard to keep up with appropriate substitutions for dietary restrictions, so this chart is useful for gluten-free options. (via Fave Gluten Free Recipes)
Bonus 2! Vegan baking substitutions
This one is applicable for vegan substitutions. I'm not vegan myself, but I swear by coconut oil*. It's soo good.(via Just a Pinch)
With these baking for beginner charts, you'll surely bring your baking to the next level and tackle any recipe with ease.
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I am making my daughter a handmade cookbook as a wedding present. I was wondering if you have pdf or download links to all of your above listed lists??
They would be perfect in her book.
🌻 Rae Anne Jones
Sylvia Wu says
Hi RaeAnne, you would need to go to the blog posts linked above to see if they are offered as a printable. Sounds like a wonderful idea for a wedding gift!
Hi! I was just scrolling through and noticed on one of the charts it says 15 tsp is half of 1 tablespoon.....that’s wrong. 3 tsp equal 1 tbls! Maybe you’ve already caught this mistake but if not it would be helpful to let people know so they don’t accidentally add too much of an ingredient!😊
Sylvia Wu says
Yikes, that would be a lot! It's kinda hard to tell, but there's actually a decimal so it says 1.5 teaspoons equals 1 tablespoon. Glad you pointed it out in case someone misses that. Thanks for stopping by!
Leigh West says
It appears as though it says 15 tsp. If you look a little closer it says 1.5 or 1 1/2 tsp.