Baking and Chemistry

Learning chemistry can be as easy as pie, or maybe just a piece of cake. Explore the chemistry of baking cookies, bread, pie, and cake, and investigate the science that’s behind the ingredients in your cupboard.

ChemClub enjoying a festive meal
Villa Park High School, Villa Park, CA

Experiments & Activities

baking written in flour

Articles & Information

  • Baked Goods Periodic Tables
    It isn’t just the baking that can be about chemistry. The treats themselves can show chemistry—check out these yummy periodic tables.
  • ACS ChemClub Cookbook
    It’s a cookbook! It’s a chemistry book! It’s both! Cook up something tasty while learning more about the chemistry behind the recipe.
  • The Science of Baking
    A blogger combines advice from bakers, chemists, and her grandmother to discover where her cheese puffs took a turn for the worse.
  • The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder
    Added baking soda instead of baking powder? Or vice versa? So what? Find out if it makes a difference to your cookie.
  • The Chemistry of Cake Baking
    Learn about one person’s quest to make a mouthwatering cake while leaving out one of the main ingredients so friends with food allergies could still enjoy it.
  • Bread Chemistry
    Wheat or white? No matter the type of bread, there’s chemistry involved. Learn more!
Hassium Cupcake
East Syracuse-Minoa High School, East Syracuse, NY

Videos, Podcasts & Webinars


(all sites accessed October 2013)