Learning to cook: a chef adding chopped ingredients into a pan.

Cooking and baking tips for beginners

Cooking homemade dishes and baking cakes are a great way to enjoy something delicious and to put a smile on your family and friends faces. Cooking as a hobby will help you to switch off from everyday life. Creating treats in the kitchen does not have to be done alone, they are perfect for spending a lovely evening together andenjoying some homemade cakes and pastries with family and friends. We’ll show you how to get started with cooking and baking and give you some handy tips.

Learning to cook

The great thing about cooking and baking is that there is always more to learn. Regardless of if you are an absolute beginner or have been making food for many years, you will always find new recipes and ways to improve your cooking skills. If you decide to cook or bake regularly, you will quickly see that you get better with each dish as you learn and improve.

You will also be able to choose healthy dishes that suit your lifestyle. In addition, cooking can help you to save money, and you can learn more about other countries and cultures by trying their recipes.

Cooking tips for beginners

Follow our cooking tips below to help you get started with this fun and creative hobby:

  • Attend a cooking course: a cooking course offers you the opportunity to learn the basics and some important techniques under professional guidance. Not only will you learn the necessary know-how, but you will also meet other local cooking enthusiasts. Cooking courses can be found at community centres, colleges, cooking schools, restaurants or online.

  • Buy a beginner’s cookbook: in addition to simple recipes, you will find many tips and tricks in cookbooks that you can start with right away. Start with simple recipes and slowly work up to the more complex ones.

  • Take your time to cook: if you are planning to cook a dish give yourself plenty of time, otherwise you might get stressed and make mistakes. Just enjoy learning to cook and immerse yourself in the new world of cooking.

  • Preparation is important: before you start cooking, read through the recipe and to get an idea of the different steps. It’s a good idea to prepare all the ingredients and do the cutting and preparation work in advance. This lets you concentrate on the cooking later on.

  • Everyday cooking: if you don’t have much time to cook during the week, quick dishes with few ingredients that you can prepare in no time at all are a good idea. At the weekends, set yourself bigger goals and cook dishes of your choice that you feel confident with. You can cook more at the weekend and freeze the meals for the week ahead.

In addition to these cooking tips, you may need to buy some basic cooking utensils and appliances. This includes a good set of knives (for meat, vegetables, bread, etc.) and different cutting boards (for onions/garlic, vegetables, and meat). You should also have a selection of different sized pots and (non-stick) pans. Once you have everything you will be able to get started with learning how to cook.

Different styles of cooking

If you regularly impress your guests with your cooking skills and are looking for a new challenge, there are plenty of new things to try and ways to improve. Below you will find different styles of cooking that you can try out:

  • Fusion cooking: as the name suggests, this involves mixing different ingredients to create a new taste experience. For example, you can combine ingredients that don’t seem to go together at first glance or create something new from two typical national specialities.

  • Cooking seasonally: this cuisine focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as seasonal products. The focus here is on cooking tasty, but very healthy meals. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine are great healthy alternatives to meat and fish dishes.

  • International cuisine: you can try making dishes from other countries once you have got to grips with recipes from your own country. Asian cuisine is considered quite sophisticated and allows you to discover new techniques and ingredients.

  • Haute cuisine: this is the top class of cooking and was shaped by the star chefs of this world. Cooking becomes a true art and every dish a masterpiece. Find a few dishes from top chefs on the internet and you can try out and create your own works of art.


In addition to other cooking styles, you can also expand your culinary skills by immersing yourself in the world of wines and spirits. After all, a good drink is a perfect accompaniment to your meal.

Baking for beginners: a woman baking cupcakes.

Baking for beginners

Unlike cooking, where you can quickly improvise and try things out, baking is in many ways more of a science. Many amateur bakers love the challenge of sticking exactly to the recipe to create a delicious masterpiece. Of course, you can be as creative as you like when decorating your cakes. Your new hobby will provide you with delicious baked goods and an excuse to get together with family and friends for a cup of tea or coffee.


If you want to learn how to bake, you don’t have to limit yourself to sweet treats. There are many savoury baking recipes to try. For example, you can bake your own bread, try your hand at bread rolls or make your own croissants if you are looking for a challenge.

Baking tips for beginners: creating delicious cakes and pastries

Follow our baking tips below to help you get started with your new hobby:

  • It’s best to start small: start with a simple recipe and don’t try to do too much at once. You can gradually improve your skills and learn more and more as time goes by. Simple muffin recipes, for example, are a good place to start.

  • Attend a baking class: you can learn the basics and get many useful tips. In addition, a special baking course (e. g. cake design) offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge later on and take on new challenges.

  • Be well prepared: first read the recipe and familiarise yourself with each of the steps. You can also weigh, measure and prepare ingredients in advance so that everything runs smoothly.

  • Pay attention to the temperature of your ingredients: unless otherwise specified in the recipe, your ingredients should all be at room temperature. This means, for example, that you should take eggs and butter out of the fridge some time before baking.

  • Get to know your oven: every oven is different. Especially if you have an older model, your oven may have developed little idiosyncrasies. Maybe it bakes more on one side than the other? If so, you should turn your pastry halfway through. Also, you should always preheat your oven.

  • Use a cake tester: you can find out whether your cake is cooked through by putting a thin skewer or a toothpick into the cake. If there is no wet cake mixture on it, your cake can be taken out of the oven. This method works well with sponge cakes and muffins.

It is important that you follow your recipe exactly and weigh the ingredients carefully. Later, you can deviate a little from the recipe or try your hand at more sophisticated cakes once you have mastered the basics.

Learning to bake: a woman preparing the ingredients for a cake.

What will you need to start baking?

If you simply want to try out some recipes and start baking as a hobby, you won’t need too many kitchen utensils. Below we have put together a helpful list of everything you will need to get started:

  • Mixing bowls in different sizes

  • Measuring cups with different scales for flour, sugar, water, etc.

  • A kitchen scale

  • Whisk & hand mixer

  • Baking paper (here you can also use sustainable alternatives to reduce your household waste)

  • Rolling pin

  • Dough scraper

  • A baking tray with high sides for sheet cakes (an adjustable tray would be ideal)

  • A round springform pan & a loaf tin

  • A cooling rack


As you move on to more elaborate recipes, you will need other appliances and kitchen utensils. For example, if you’re making themed cakes, you’ll need a cake divider, modelling tool and a piping bag, etc.

Conclusion: learning how to cook and bake for beginners

The unique thing about cooking at home is that you make something that you can enjoy with friends and family afterwards. You can make an everyday task a lot more fun and enjoy something delicious afterwards. All that matters is that you take the first step and start cooking or baking. It’s normal that not every attempt will be perfect at first, but you will get better and better over time and be able to impress your guests.

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