If you are stuck at home right now and looking for a fun project to try then one of these home baking projects might be perfect. I broke the projects down into different categories – from beginner, to more challenging, recipes to try with your kids, and more! If you stocked up on flour, and have some time on your hands try one of these recipes today!
Social distancing. A term that up until a week ago had zero meaning in my life. Now it seems you can’t go five minutes without hearing about it, talking about it, reading about it, and (worst of all) worrying about it!
Right now I am (like many, many others) are at home. Now normally I would be at school teaching middle schoolers how to bake. But that’s not my new norm. Instead I am at home. And being at home has given me some more time on my hands. Time to dig into some new baking projects to try. And based on my scrolling through Instagram (you are all doing this more too right now right?) I am not alone.
There seems to be a resurgence in home baking. People are in their kitchens making homemade bread because there were none on the shelves. They are baking with their kids because “homeschooling” is now just everyday life. And people are trying out new recipes because they are bored, stuck at home, and want to try something new.
Frankly, I believe, there has never been a better time to enjoy baking. Baking has always been my therapy. My “me time” on the weekends to try and learn something new. And I can see that I am not alone.
So if you fall into one of those camps I thought I’d round up some recipes that would be a fun home baking project. I broke the recipes down into categories – beginner, quick and easy, challenging (advanced), no bake, baking with kids, yeast bread, buttercream decorating, no flour (no problem).
One last thing – I hope wherever you are you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and have plenty of flour (and toilet paper).
If you are new to baking then you might want to check out my Beginner Baking online class. Currently it’s free. You could dive into one lesson a week and try out a recipe. Bake alongside me in my kitchen and build your skills!
If you are new to baking check out my baking basics page. This page is chock full of useful information whether you are a newbie in the kitchen or someone who flexes their baking muscles frequently. Here are a few baking 101 posts you may like…
- 10 Must Have Baking Pans Every Baker Needs
- How and Why To Measure your Flour Accurately
- Baking 101: Getting To Know Your Oven
- 3 Ways To soften your butter quickly (my favorite involves the microwave, and it’s not the defrost button!)
If you are new to baking it’s best to start with recipes that do not involve a stand mixer, or only involve one mixing bowl. And here are a few great basic beginner recipes to try:
- Easy Lemon Bars (+Video!)
- Easy Carrot Sheet Cake
- Basic Scone Recipe
- Raspberry Coconut Oat Bars
- Blueberry Muffin Bread
- The BEST M&M Cookie Bars
- White Chocolate Funfetti Bars
Quick And Easy
Sometimes you just want a fun baking project that takes 30 minutes or less. I get it. If you have a half hour to spare right now, build your baking skills with one of the quick baking projects.
- Quick Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
- 3 Ingredient Self-Rising Flour Biscuits (+ Video!)
- Oreo Brownie Gooey Bars
- Coconut Margarita Bars
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Blondies
- Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
- Snickers Cheesecake Bars
- Key Lime Bars
- Easy Vanilla Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Chocolate Lava Cakes For Two
- Peach Raspberry Tart
You might also like my Desserts In 30 e-book, chock full of dessert recipes that take less than 30 minutes of prep time.
More Challenging Recipes
If you are like me then you are taking this time to try out a more complicated recipe you have had your eye on for some time. Well now is the time! What are you waiting for? I love me some personal growth, don’t you?
- Chocolate Baileys Macarons
- Chocolate Dipped Macarons (with vanilla filling)
- Cream Puffs Recipe
- How To Make Chocolate Eclairs
- Momofuku Milk Bar Cake
- How To Make A Checkerboard Cake
- Key Lime Cheesecake Recipe
No Bake Recipes
Maybe your oven doesn’t work. Maybe you don’t want to turn it on. Maybe you are baking with kids? No bake recipes are perfect for those moments.
- No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
- No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake
- Reese’s No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
- No Bake Butterfinger Oreo Icebox Cake
- No Bake Funfetti Golden Oreo Truffles
- Smores Truffles (only 4 ingredients!)
- White Chocolate Oreo Easter Bark (just 4 ingredients!)
- Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs
Baking With Kids
Of course when baking with kids, it’s great to start simple and work on the basics of measuring and stirring. You can always divide up the recipe steps and have them read the steps out loud.
Baking is a great way to understand math and science! As a science teacher turned home economics teacher I love working in mini-lessons on math and science during our baking recipes.
I also find that kids are more likely to eat whole grains when they are part of the baking process. You can also stir in some extra fruits as well into these baked treats!
Here are some recipes I make with my students, plus a few other easy recipes that can be made in one bowl, or just require a whisk so they are easy to mix up.
- Easy Cornbread Muffins
- Blueberry Banana Bread
- Orange Cranberry Scones
- Basic Scone Recipe
- Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
- The BEST Blueberry Streusel Muffins
- Easy Buttermilk Biscuits
- (Mix In The Pan!) Seven Layer Bars
- Easy Smores Chocolate Poke Cake
Yeast Bread Recipes
There is something magical about making bread. It’s like part science. Part art. Part Harry Potter has gone to Hogwarts kind of magic going on in your kitchen. And right now being able to bake up my own homemade bread is a life saver.
Shelves are BARE. No bread anywhere. Except in my own kitchen. Thank you very much small packet of yeast.
If you are new to baking with yeast then you might want to give these articles a read first:
- What are the different types of yeast for baking?
- The Ultimate Guide To Baking Homemade Bread Recipes
- How To Freeze Bread (+ FREE printable)
Once you have gotten the basics down, then here are a few recipes to try!
- French Baguettes
- Homemade Bagels
- 1- Hour Cinnamon Rolls
- Raspberry Lemon Sweet Rolls
- Challah Bread
- Easter Egg Bread
- World’s Best Dinner Rolls
- Brown Sugar Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
- Monkey Bread
- Nutella Bread
- St. Lucia Buns
- Best Homemade Bread Recipe
For some of you, you may be at home during a celebrating. Perhaps you are celebrating a birthday at home. This could mean that you are baking your own cupcakes and cake!
Or perhaps you just want to try out your artistic side with buttercream.
Whatever the reason, grab those piping bags. Let’s have some fun. First of all, here are some articles to read to help you master the basics.
- The 6 Cupcake Decorating Supplies You Need (to start decorating like a pro)
- The Ultimate Guide To Making The Best Buttercream Icing
- 12 Easy Cupcake Decorating Ideas
- The Ultimate Guide To Baking Cupcakes At Home
- 15 tips for perfect cupcakes
- 6 reasons why your cupcakes are sinking in the middle
- #1 Must Have Tip For Perfectly Domed Cupcakes
- How To Swirl Icing On A Cupcake (3 Ways + A Video!)
Now let’s try some fun buttercream projects! Yes some of these are seasonal, but why not get ahead?!
- Halloween Cupcakes
- Holiday Cupcakes
- Surprise Heart Inside Cupcakes
- Sunflower Cupcakes (Sallys Baking Addiction)
- Hydrangae Cupcakes
No Flour? No problem?
Maybe you are like me and have just about run out of flour. And there is none to be found in the 25-mile radius. Or maybe you and some of your loved ones can’t eat flour. Whatever it is. You can still get into the kitchen and have some fun. Here are some fun flourless recipes to try.
- Flourless Chocolate Cookies
- Gluten Free Clementine Cake
- Flourless Salted Caramel Brownies
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
So I hope that even though you may be stuck at home right now, practicing your social distancing, that it doesn’t stop you from jumping in the kitchen and trying a new recipe. These fun baking projects hopefully have inspired you to go whip up some homemade treats!