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5 Lessons I've Learned from My Baking Fails


Thu, January 11

Baking is a science. It is detail-oriented and requires precision, patience, and practice. As a home baker, I have definitely had my fair share of baking fails, from cake pops that slid off the stick to cookies that turned out too hard.

However, with each baking fail, I learned valuable lessons that have helped me become a better baker. In this article, I share five lessons that I have learned from my baking failures, including the importance of patience, organization, and perseverance. If you're an aspiring baker or someone who loves to bake, read on to learn from my experience and avoid some of the most common baking mistakes.

Have Patience

One of the most important lessons that baking has helped me practice is the art of being patient. Baking can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Therefore sometimes, despite following the recipe, things can go wrong.

For instance, I've had macarons go flat, cakes that came out too dry, and cookies that spread too much. But while it's easy to get annoyed and give up, one of the main things I've learned about baking is you have to be patient. Having the patience to take the time to analyze what went wrong and what you can do differently is essential. So whether you're baking a decadent three-layer chocolate cake or vegan blondies or a simple sugar cookie, make sure that you don't rush, rather take the time to do things carefully.

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Stay Organized

It's crucial that you are organized when baking or cooking. From having a clean counter to reading over your recipe before starting, you must try to be as organized as you can be. There have been moments where I have forgotten to add an essential ingredient or missed a crucial step in your recipe due to a lack of organization.

Therefore, it's important that you are organized whenever you are baking. Being an organized baker includes having a clean and uncluttered counter, ensuring that you have all the required ingredients and tools before starting, and reading over your recipe thoroughly to understand the steps involved. By doing so, you can work efficiently, and avoid any confusion or mishaps, such as butter-less cookies or dense loaves of bread. Being organized will help ensure that your dish turns out just the way you intended!

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Don't Expect Perfection

As a young baker, I've learned that perfection is hard---if not impossible---to achieve. This is why as a teen baker, it's important to remember that baking is a science and it can take years of practice to really master a recipe or dessert. While it's natural to want your baked goods to turn out perfectly, it's essential to understand that mistakes happen, and not everything will turn out exactly as you imagined. That's not to say that you shouldn't try your best when baking or continually improve, but you should keep in mind that baking takes time.

As a result, it's vital not to expect perfection when baking. Instead, focus on following the recipe as accurately as possible and learning from any mistakes you make! By doing so, you'll be able to grow your baking skills and produce delicious treats that you can be proud of. Remember, practice makes perfect, and with patience, you can become a great baker!

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Mistakes are Inevitable

Mistakes are inevitable in baking. Sometimes you might add in one too many eggs or forget to spray your pans, but don't worry. Mistakes happen to every baker, whether a professional or a high school-aged baker.

So if you realize that you've made a mistake, just take a deep breath and try again. Or continue to enjoy your treats, imperfections, and all.

The good thing about mistakes is that you will usually remember them and know not to make the same error, again. Meaning, maybe next time you'll remember to spray your pans or double-check your measurements.

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Keep Trying

It is super important to keep trying when it comes to baking, even if you haven't had much success in the past. Baking is a skill that takes time and patience to perfect. It's natural to have some failures along the way, but it's important not to give up.

The more you practice, the better you will become. Each time you try a new recipe or even an old one, you have an opportunity to learn something new and improve your skills. So, if you're struggling with baking, don't give up! Keep trying and don't be afraid to experiment. Who knows, you might discover a new recipe or technique that becomes your signature dish!

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Despite being difficult to master, baking is a great activity to try! Yes, baking can be challenging, but it is a rewarding hobby that requires patience, organization, and perseverance. Plus, baking is a great life skill to know.

Through my own baking failures, I've learned valuable lessons that have helped me grow as a baker. By having patience, staying organized, not expecting perfection, and accepting mistakes, I've been able to improve my skills and produce delicious treats that I'm proud of. If you're an aspiring baker or someone who loves to bake, remember that mistakes are inevitable, but they can also be great learning opportunities. So, keep practicing and experimenting, and don't be afraid to try new things.

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Cove Johnson Rabidoux
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Cove Johnson Rabidoux is a writer whose work can be found on Teen Ink, The Teen Magazine, The Spearhead Magazine, the Hot Pot Magazine, Leaders Across the World, and on her blog "Blue Pencil Writing." She serves as an editor for the Trailblazer Literary Magazine, Hot Pot Magazine, Cathartic Youth Magazine, and more. Plus, she is the founder of A Piece of Cake: A Teen-led Food Magazine. When she is not writing her novel, Cove enjoys reading, traveling, and baking.