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Pro Baking Tips to Take Your Desserts to the Next Level

Everyone loves a good dessert, but people really swoon over one that’s made especially expertly. With a few techniques and the right tools, anyone can make spectacular desserts at home.

Low angle shot of 3 chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting and maraschino cherries.

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As every home cook knows, there’s nothing like a delicious dessert to bring a meal — or just a day — to its sweet conclusion. Whether you’re treating yourself to an extra decadent treat or perfecting dishes for friends and family, bringing your already-great desserts up to the next level of amazing can sometimes be tricky.

But with the right technique and ingredients, anyone can enjoy delicious cakes, cookies, ice creams, pies — even healthy treats! Here are four pro tips that will help take your desserts from ordinary to extraordinary.

Start with Quality Ingredients

Crafting a delicious dessert is a culinary art, and it all starts with the quality of ingredients used. Always source the best available products —not all ingredients are created equal! Although it may be tempting to go for the cheaper option, don’t skimp.

When you have higher-quality ingredients that taste great on their own, your desserts will absolutely sing when combined. Take your time to prepare your ingredients to ensure that everything is at its best and freshest for your recipe.

Sticky toffee pudding made in mini bundt tins

Use the Right Tools for the Job

No matter how talented you are in the kitchen, having the right tools for the job is essential when it comes to creating and preparing desserts. Different types of desserts require specific tools to ensure quality presentations, like a bench scraper for cutting bars evenly or special cake tins for that perfect birthday layer cake, or even an Air fryer for a quick, convenient snack.

Knowing what you need and having the right items on hand will save time and frustration and — most importantly — help you create mouth-watering treats that are sure to please family and friends.

Get Creative with Presentation

It’s no secret that presentation plays a key role in making desserts enticing. Sometimes, it can even make or break a dish. Get creative by exploring various forms of indulgent garnishes and decorations that will bring your final dessert to life.

Try using unexpected touches such as edible flowers, brightly colored fruits, herbs, or spices, and consider the use of contrasting flavors and textures.

dulce de leche sandwich cookies on a marble trivet.

Keep it Simple

Sometimes, the best desserts are the most simple. While intricate, complicated creations are lovely to look at, they can often be time-consuming or too difficult for amateur bakers to create.

Keeping your recipes simple doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor; with a few ingredients and the right techniques, you can whip up spoon-licking delicacies in no time! You can use this brownie cookies recipe or sticky toffee pudding recipe to create a classic dessert that will leave your family satisfied.

Or try your hand at Dulce de Leche Cookies, Apple Galette, Chocolate Orange Babka, or Honey cake.

With these pro tips, you can take your desserts to the next level in no time. Whether you are a seasoned pastry chef or just getting started in the world of baking, quality ingredients, proper tools, and techniques, along with ideas for the presentation, will surely get you closer to dessert perfection.

A plate with 3 slices of a cream pie stacked up and caramel being drizzled over from a pitcher.

So go ahead and do some experimentation with flavor combinations, texture contrasts, and aromatic elements for an exciting end result! Enjoy crafting your sweet creations, and don’t forget to savor the results of your hard work!

By on March 27th, 2023


Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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