First off, I need to start this post by saying that I am still the definition of a novice when it comes to baking, or making any kind of desserts. I know next to nothing in the grand scheme of things and have only been baking for about a year now, and it’s only within the last few months that it has become a weekly occurrence for me.
So this is not a post on how to become a great baker, as I am not there yet. These are just the steps that I took that helped improve my (lack of) skills, and I wanted to share them on here in case they can help someone else, or even inspire someone to take up baking – because, if I can learn to bake, anyone can!
BOUGHT A STAND MIXER.
This was the number one thing that helped to improve my baking. I have no idea what I ever did without it. I love my mixer; it’s pretty and pink and powerful (which is my new motto in life), and it’s so much easier than using hand mixers. Most of the time all you have to do is stand back and let it do its thing whilst occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl!
However, I do think it’s kind of a rite of passage to go without one for a while, and learn how to make basic cakes and such with hand mixers. I even whipped cream by hand the other night because it was 11pm on a Wednesday and I didn’t want to annoy the neighbours 😂
PRACTICED RECIPES THAT WERE DIFFICULT.
Practice and me are not friends. I am usually a do-it-once-and-if-it-doesn’t-work-give-up kind of gal, but I knew I had to get passed that if I wanted to get better at baking, so I forced myself to continue trying recipes that I found difficult.
My biggest issue in the beginning was working with dough; I hated it with a passion, but I loved decorating and eating cookies, so I knew I had to get over it. I have now made so many batches of sugar cookies, I honestly think I could do it blindfolded. It took a long time to get to that point, but I am so glad I stuck with it!
TRIED OUT NEW RECIPES.
You can’t grow if you never try new things, so I have been trying my best to test out brand new recipes, as opposed to simple cakes, cupcakes and cookies as usual. Daniel was actually the one to suggest this to me, as I really was just making the same recipes over and over again. I was hesitant at first, but I have honestly been loving it.
It’s been so much fun to put a Small Adventurer twist onto some classic recipes, including cheesecake, blondies, whoopie pies, and more! I want to try as many new recipes this year as possible, and I already have a huge list of ones I would like to try next. I’ll still have the occasional cake or cookie post here and there, but I am hoping to continue branching out as time goes on!
I have had to improvise and think on my feet many, many times since I started baking. If you read my recipe posts, you would have probably noticed that I often mention if something went wrong throughout the process and how I was able to change or rectify the situation, and I think that has been really great for me.
I still don’t like sudden change or things that I can’t control (and, don’t get me wrong, if something doesn’t go to plan for me, there will be tears), but the fact that I have been able to quickly think of a solution to a problem on the spot has shown me that there’s always another way to do things – and usually it’s the easier way, too!
LEARNT FROM THE BEST.
I have found that I’ve learnt the most from simply watching or listening to the people I admire. I’ve recently gotten into watching bakers on YouTube such as How To Cook That, Kawaii Sweet World, and Nerdy Nummies and I have already learned so many little tips and tricks that I would have never in my wildest dreams had thought of on my own.
Whenever I’m having lunch or editing a bunch of photos, I always put on a quick baking video to see what else I can learn about the world of baking, and I am always left feeling amazed and inspired to try harder and become someone that past me would be a fan of.
There you have it: the few, simple steps I have taken to slowly improve my baking skills! I adore baking with all of my heart, and am filled with excitement when I think of where I will be in a year’s time, especially when I look back to how bad I was only a year ago 😅I can’t wait to see what creations I will make in the future, and I hope you all stick around to find out for yourselves!
Until next time,