Baking for beginners

Want to get into baking but unsure where to start? Our easy bakes and top tips will have you making cakes and baking bread like a pro in no time...

Butterfly cakes on a cooling rack topped with buttercreamEasy baking recipe
Simple cakes, brownies, traybakes and biscuits for budding bakers to get stuck into... 
Easy baking recipes

Edd Kimber, Frances Quinn and John Whaite stood together holding baking utensilsThe best baking kit: What to buy and why
Want to know how to kit your kitchen out like the Great British Bake Off tent? Look no further than our handy product reviews, carried out by former GBBO contestants Edd Kimber, John Whaite, Frances Quinn and Kimberley Wilson. We have buyer's advice for everything from rolling pins and pastry brushes, to piping bags and spatulas.
The best baking kit: What to buy and why

Portrait of Mary Berry against a blue wooden backgroundMary Berry's top 10 baking tips
The biggest name in British baking, Mary Berry, shares her top 10 tips for cake success with BBC Good Food... 
Mary Berry's top 10 baking tips

Loaf of sourdough bread being sliced in halfSix steps to brilliant bread
From kneading know-how to knocking back, our top tips will help everyone make a lovely loaf - even beginner bakers...
Six steps to brilliant bread

Coffee sandwich sponge filled with buttercream and topped with walnutsHow to make cake: top 10 tips for success
Is there a secret to making great cake? Absolutely! Follow our ten commandments and let the baking magic happen...
How to make cake: top 10 tips for success

Portrait of Paul HollywoodKitchen Kit: Paul Hollywood's top 10 baking picks
Great British baker Paul Hollywood runs down his top ten kitchen essentials.
Kitchen Kit: Paul Hollywood's top 10 baking picks

Cake batter being poured into a round tinBaking terms
Know your fondant icing from your frosting, how to bake blind, beat, fold and cream? Certain words appear time and again in baking recipes but what do they actually mean? Check out our explanations and videos below...
Baking terms

Portrait of GBBO contestant Luis Troyano in a kitchen settingHow to rescue baking disasters
For our new series of SOS articles, we called upon some of our famous baking friends to tell us how to salvage sunken sponges, curdled cake mix and a host of other flour-based problems. Read tips from Jo Wheatley, Luis Troyano, Kimberley Wilson and more...
How to rescue baking disasters

Flour in the bowl of a weighing scale11 baking ingredients for your storecupboard
There are a handful of storecupboard staples that are worth having on hand so you can rustle up a cake whenever you want one. Most of these have lengthy use-by dates so even if you're an infrequent baker you can still afford to stock up.
11 baking ingredients for your storecupboard

White loaf of bread with a slice cut outBread basics and beyond
From beautifully swirled olive bread to perfectly sculpted prosciutto plaits, we've got recipes for every occasion.
Bread basics and beyond

Multicolour zebra sponge cake filled and decorated with buttercreamAll you need for bakes & cakes
Find endless inspiration, recipes and tips to help you become a better baker in our baking hub.
All you need for bakes & cakes

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