75 Best Baking Quotes & Phrases of All-Time

Baking is an age-old activity that brings joy to countless people worldwide, everyday. Whether it’s a pastime, a career, or something you do to feed your family, baking is incredibly rewarding – it can help you feel a sense of control and purpose, and is considered to be a fantastic stress reliever.

It may require a lot more technicality than most other methods of cooking, but that’s actually what makes it so rewarding – it’s an outlet of creation that gives you near-instant gratification for the effort you put in, and it’s extremely satisfying to show off the delicious creations you make. Be it a fancy or simple recipe, odds are it’s going to be a hit either way – people love baked goods!

So, whether you’re looking for inspirational baking quotes or the perfect caption to go with your freshly baked creation, I’ve put together the best and most comprehensive list of baking quotes and phrases the internet has to offer. I hope it will prove useful!

  1. “Baking is therapy.” – Paul Hollywood.
  1. “In my eyes, baking and pastry-making is like a science – all the measuring of quantities and temperatures.” – Rick Stein.
  1. “Baking can be done with a few simple ingredients, so it’s about simplicity and nostalgia – people are reminded of their childhood.” – Paul Hollywood.
  1. “I think baking is very rewarding, and if you follow a good recipe, you will get success.” – Mary Berry.
  1. “You don’t have to love cooking to cook, but you have to do more than love baking to bake. You have to bake out of love.” – Tom Junod.
  1. “I think baking’s far easier than cooking, and because of that, it’s more approachable.” – Paul Hollywood.
  1. “Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.” – Sandra Lee
  1. “Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic – you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious.” – Marian Keyes.
  1. “If you don’t have the confidence in baking, commit to making the recipe three times. The first two, do it exactly the way I’ve told you to make it. Twice. The first time you’ll screw it up. The second time it will come out pretty good, and then the third time, make your adjustments.” – Tom Douglas.
  1. Baking is too precise for me. I cook with a pinch of this or that.” – Eva Longoria.
  1. “So we baked and sweated together. I like punching the dough. I told myself it was the moon and punched it senseless.” – Susan Beth Pfeffer.
  1. “The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M. F. K. Fisher.
  1. “It’s all about a balancing act between time, temperature and ingredients: That’s the art of baking.” – Peter Reinhart.
  1. “Most recently, I learned another hobby: baking. It’s so much fun to mix all the ingredients and to see the cake come out nice. It’s so rewarding when the cake comes out great and tastes great.” – Yani Tseng.
  1. “Baking is fun! I find it very therapeutic, a stress buster.” – Sameera Reddy
  1. “This was why she enjoyed baking. A good dessert could make her feel like she’d created joy at the tips of her fingers. Suddenly, the people around the table were no longer strangers. They were friends and confidantes, and she was sharing with them her magic.” – Marissa Meyer, ‘Heartless’.
  1. “Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.” – Patricia Briggs, ‘Raven’s Shadow’.
  1. “The measuring and mixing always smoothed out her thinking processes – nothing was as calming as creaming butter – and when the kitchen was warm from the oven overheating and the smell of baking chocolate, she took final stock of where she’d been and where she was going. Everything was fine.” – Jennifer Crusie, ‘Maybe This Time’.
  1. “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to a recipe.” – Thomas Keller.
  1. “Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile.” – Anna Olson.
  1. “Cookies are made of butter and love.” – Norwegian Proverb.
  1. “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors—it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck.
  1. “Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne.
  1. “Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you’re not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t.” – Gerard Depardieu.
  1. “Baking is my business, and it will always come first.” – Dwight Henry.
  1. “My secret skill is baking bread. My mother was a farmer’s daughter and still made bread every day when I was a child. She would have me knead the dough when I got home from school.” – Richard Flanagan.
  1. “The biggest challenge of being a pastry chef is that, unlike other types of chefs, you can’t throw things together at a farmer’s market. When you’re working with baking powder and a formula, you have to be exact. If not, things can go wrong.” – Carl Hall.
  1. “My love of baking might have originated with my grandmother. She had a lemon tree growing in her backyard, and one of my favorite memories is of picking lemons together and then baking lemon bars.” – Lisa Graff.
  1. “Baking bread is a lot like growing your faith in the Lord, Carrie Louise. You mix together the best ingredients you can find and wait for the mixture to mature, but it’s the heat of the oven that makes it something of worth and substance. The same way the tribulations of this world mature a persons faith.” – Dorothy Love.
  1. “But of course you can have your cake and eat it, too – if you decide to to bake a second cake. And you may well find that Baking two cakes does not take twice the work of Baking one.” – Robert Kuttner.
  1. “The smell of good bread Baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…” – M.F.K.
  1. “He considered himself to be a thoroughly useless man, taking up space in a world to which he contributed nothing but he did have a talent for Baking… The gas oven might blow up in his face, at last bringing him peace, but if it didn’t, he would at least have cookies for Agnes.” – Dean. R.
  1. “Why not question what can or can’t be a layer in layer cake?” – Christina Tosi.
  1. “God gives us the ingredients for our daily bread, but he expects us to do the baking!” – Chip Ingram.
  1. “Take the broken pieces of your life, bake a master cake out of it. Don’t stand still like a lake; keep flowing like a stream!” – Israelmore Ayivor.
  1. “Life is a cake and love is the icing on top of it. Without love, it becomes difficult to swallow life.” – Mehek Bassi.
  1. “Love is when you have a really amazing piece of cake, and it’s the very last piece, but you let him have it.” – E. Lockha.
  1. “When you see a beautiful loaf of bread, slow down, appreciate it, enjoy it, then give yourself a chance to think!” – Chris Geiger.
  1. “Never ask a baker what went into a pie. Just eat.” – George R.R. Martin, ‘A Dance With Dragons’.
  1. “We can’t all be bakers or chefs. Many of us have modest ambitions. But we can all buy a piece of the pie.” – Amah Lambert.
  1. “If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.” – Regina Brett.
  1. “Every skilled baker was first an amateur!” – Chris Geiger.
  1. “A basic rule of baking is that, in general, it’s almost impossible to make an inedible batch of brownies.” – Linda Sunshine.
  1. “Baking is both an art and a science.” – Sherry Yard.
  1. “Baking is about multi-tasking. If you are organized and prepared, that’s half the battle.” – Johnny Iuzzini.
  1. “Baking is more like chemistry, following certain instructions and knowing what comes out in the end. It’s almost reassuring! Songwriting is a creative process where you go into a session with nothing and can come out of it with something incredible in the end. I never feel like I’m taking a risk with baking, but always with songwriting.” – Alice Merton.
  1. “Baking is a matter of precision and timing, but I just make things up as I go.” – Rumaan Alam.
  1. “Baking happens with ingredients that last for months and come to life inside a warm oven. Baking is slow and leisurely.” – Regina Brett.
  1. “A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.” – James Beard.
  1. “Happiness is baking cookies. Happiness is giving them away. And serving them, and eating them, talking about them, reading and writing about them, thinking about them, and sharing them with you.” – Maida Heatter.
  1. “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne.
  1. “A party without cake is really just a meeting.” – Julia Child.
  1. “A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.”  – Barbara Johnson.
  1. “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.”  – Julia Child.
  1. “I have dreams of becoming a professional pastry chef and having a little bakery – that’s how much I love baking. I love to cook in general, but my heart lies in desserts.” – Kim Barnouin.
  1. “Love is like a good cake, you never know when it’s coming, but you’d better eat it when it does!”  – C. Joybell.
  1.  “I’ve always loved baking – it’s a huge part of who I am and what I do.” – Elizabeth Chambers.
  1. “Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.” – Mary Berry.
  1. “With enough butter, anything is good.”  – Julia Child.
  1.  “You are the boss of that dough.”  – Julia Child.
  1. “The thing with children is they’re a bit like baking a fruitcake: you throw all the ingredients in but you never know how they’re going to turn out.” – Len Goodman.
  1.  “I can bake but I don’t do a lot of baking, mainly because the side effect is not very good for you.” – Sarah Lancashire.
  1. “Always bake in the center of the oven. A pan placed too close to the bottom of the oven will receive more heat radiating from the oven floor, baking it faster from the bottom. The reverse is true of something baked on the top rack. Always bake in the center for the most even baking and browning all around.” – Claire Saffitz.
  1.  “Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic – you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious.” – Marian Keys.
  1.  “I believe with baking there is a certain nostalgic fix.” – James William Middleton.
  1.  “I like the exactness of baking. I’m not someone who’s like, ‘I’ll just throw a bunch of stuff together. This is gonna taste delicious.’ I am a rule follower: I really like the measuring. It’s completely tedious, but I love that. It’s calming. And I am a total sweetaholic.” – Madeline Brewer.
  1. “Cooking and baking are pleasures and I want everyone to be able to experience and share them.” – Dorie Greenspan.
  1. “When there is very little else left to believe in, one can still believe in an honest loaf of fragrant, home-baked bread.” – Anna Thomas.
  1. “Winter = baking season. It’s on.” – Taylor Swift.
  1.  “Cake baking has to be, however innocently, one of the great culinary scams: it implies effort, it implies domestic prowess; but believe me, it’s easy.” – Nigella Lawson.
  1. “I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.” – Martha Stewart.
  1.  “Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen.” – Sandra Lee.
  1. “Sometimes…we don’t want to feel like a postmodern, postfeminist, overstretched woman but, rather, a domestic goddess, trailing nutmeggy fumes of baking pie in our languorous wake.” – Nigella Lawson.
  1. “I have a giant baking book, so I close my eyes and pick a random page. Whatever it is, I try to bake it!” – Nina Dobrev.
  1.  “There is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” – M. F. K. Fisher.

That’s it!

Those are all of the best baking quotes and phrases that I could find. I’m sure there are some that I’ve missed, so if you have a favorite quote that I didn’t mention, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

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