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 ingredients in your cupboard.
- Baked Goods Periodic Tables
It isn’t just the baking that can be about chemistry. The treats themselves can show chemistry, like these delectable periodic tables.
- 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.
- Food Chemistry in the High School Classroom
Get cooking in the classroom! Learn about the food chemistry behind making and baking molasses cookies and bread, then move on to other recipes from this webinar.
- The Science of Baking
This infographic breaks down the science of baking, one ingredient at a time.
- Chemistry Cupcakes
Mix up one batch of cupcakes, then get ready for cupcakes 2.0. Hack your recipe and see the results.
- The Chemistry of Cake Baking
Love cake, but allergic to one or more of the typical ingredients? Research to the rescue.
- Cake-Baking Secrets
Cakes falling flat? Food Network guru Alton Brown has solutions.
- The Science of Cake
Join someone who “takes solace in the science and magic of cake.”
- Flour, Eggs, Sugar, Chocolate... Just Add Chemistry
This chemist chef takes cake testing to the max.
- The Science Behind Red Velvet
Is it red food coloring? Or something else?
- Baking Temperature Comparison
What’s the perfect temperature for cake perfection?
- Get Cooking with Chemistry
There’s plenty of hands-on kitchen fun in this collection—mystery powders, yeast, and baking powder.
- Grandma Button's Molasses Cookies
Bake up some tasty cookies, but be warned—you’ll need to translate the “science-speak” first.
- The Skinny on Low Fat Cookies
Low fat vs. regular. Can you tell the difference?
- Chemist Divulges How To Bake the Perfect Cookie
Cookies “pitifully pale”? Disappointingly crumbly? This food scientist has antidotes to “common cookie complaints.”
- Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie
Customize your cookie. What will it be? Crispy? Chewy? Tweak your recipe to yield your favorite.
- Cookie Science: A Bit About Butter
Take your cookie analysis to the next level using statistics in this cold/room temperature/melted butter showdown.
- Landmark Lesson Plan: Development of Baking Powder
Ready, set, rise! Baking powder makes it happen—learn about its history.
- The Chemistry of Baking Powder
The right leavening equals light and fluffy. Learn about one of them, then answer questions.
- The Diving Spudmarine
Baking powder isn’t just for baking! Use its reaction to make a diving submarine toy out of a… potato?
- 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.
- Baking Powder Wars: A History
A cutthroat war between rival baking powder companies? It’s true! This podcast gives you the scoop.
- How Yeast Works
Will yeast work with just water? Water and sugar? What about artificial sweeteners? Experiment with these combos and more.
- Exploring Baking Powder
In the middle of baking and run out of baking powder? You might not need to run to the store.
- Kitchen Lab—Bread Recipes and Activities
“Goodness, gracious, great balls of gluten!” Visit this collection to learn about what makes dough stretchy, fire up some sourdough starter, and more.
- Bread Chemistry
Wheat or white? No matter the type of bread, there’s chemistry involved.
- For a Proper Pretzel Crust, Count on Chemistry and Memories
Does a caustic alkaline solution sound like the perfect dip for your baked goods? You might be surprised.
- Easy as Pie
Having trouble making a tender, flaky crust? Pick up some ideas from Food Network’s Alton Brown.