Teach Yourself Baking With Android
For some people, it’s already pretty hard to get good at relatively simple cooking , but there are plenty of baking apps for which can help you in this regard. However, cooking and baking are often seen as two completely separate events, so most cooking apps tend to be skimpy when it comes to baking items.
This is because baking makes extreme use of the oven, sugar, and precise measurements of the needed ingredients. However, have no fear if you have a sweet tooth, as there are a number of great baking apps available to help you create some great tasting items.
(For those who are wondering, the intro picture is of a rainbow cupcake with Nutella buttercream frosting).
Wilton [No Longer Available]
No baking apps for android comes quite as close as Wilton. The concept of the app is extremely simple – you go onto the app to find baking recipes which you are interested in, bookmark it, and then you can easily reference it again at a later time to see the ingredients and instructions to making the baked item. Most items also show a level of difficulty underneath them, so it’ll be easier to tell whether you should dare yourself to try something when you’re just starting out.
There are plenty of recipes available with Wilton that are completely free for you to try, with collections of themed suggestions available for purchase if you’d like. However, I really think that being able to look up recipes and then follow through with them is all you’d really need, right?
Baker [No Longer Available]
My second favorite baking app for Android is simply called Baker, and one of its greatest features is the very visually appealing and intuitive user interface. When you first launch the app, you’ll only see four different options to choose from — my recipes, buy recipes, add recipe, and settings. The My Recipes section includes all recipes which you’ve added or were already included by default with the app. You are given 7 free recipes which include basic sour dough, classic chocolate cake, and vanilla cupcake. Under Buy Recipes, you can buy recipes which interest you.
A lot of the recipes which you can buy are contained in recipe “packs”, which are themed and only cost $0.99 per pack. Each pack includes roughly 10 recipes. They should automatically be added to the My Recipes section after purchase. Under Add Recipe, you can add custom baking recipes into the app so that you won’t have to carry around an entire book full of baking recipes. Finally, under Settings, you can suggest recipes or get help for the app if necessary.
is a fantastic app for those who would like to specialize their baking to just cakes. And trust me, no cake is complete without proper decorating. This app should give you more than enough tips and tricks on how to accomplish all sorts of feats, such as filling the inside of a cupcake with frosting, perfecting the round swirl that tops each cupcake, candy cane trims for your gingerbread houses, and so much more.
These helpful tips are available in How-To videos or informational eBooks. The eBooks are a bit difficult to navigate through as their table of contents don’t link to any section of the eBook, and the book’s entire contents are shown on a single page. However, generally speaking, the app is very helpful and useful to the aspiring user.
Bake My Day [No Longer Available]
Last but not least is Bake My Day, an app that is aimed specifically at helping people create recipes for bread. This is probably one of the most interactive apps in this list, as you’re able to adjust a number of different parameters for the recipe. These parameters include total flour weight, liquid percentage, fat percentage, salt percentage, yeast percentage, preferment, and percentage of flour in the preferment.
You can also choose between metric or US units for your recipe. Once you have everything the way you want it to be, hit Calculate Recipe and you’ll have the amounts of necessary ingredients as well as a description of the dough and finished bread. If you have something you’d like to keep, you can save it as a favorite for later reference.
Baking doesn’t have to be quite as difficult as it may seem. With these tools in hand, you’ll have a great way to start making some delicious food that you can share with others. Just remember to do all of your reading and video watching beforehand so that you’re informed before you start buying ingredients and firing up your oven.
If you need any other inspiration, check out Yummly for even more recipes, and if you need any help while you’re baking, check out these kitchen tool apps! Other than that, make the most use out of the available tools, and have fun!
What are your favorite baking creations? Have any Android apps helped you with your baking skills? Let us know in the comments!
Image Credit: Taylor Bell
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