Baking Guide


Hy-Vee Baking Guide
Baking Guide

Dear Sweet Tooth,
This one's for you.

Baking 101

Get inspired by your favorite sweets—cakes, pies, breads, cookies, and so much more! We've got scratch-made recipes, new flavor combos, and recipes that we took a few short cuts on... ya know, for when you're strapped for time. So, what are you waiting for?! Put on your apron, and get baking!

One of the easiest cakes to make and serve. Pour your batter into a 9x13-inch baking pan and bake according to recipe directions. When cool enough to serve, cut into bars or squares. And, the best part: We've got recipes for Chocolate, Vanilla, and Marble sheet cakes.

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One of the hardest cakes to master... the classic layer cake! Cakes are typically baked in 8-or-9-inch round pans and then layered with frosting to create layers. 

Loaf cakes are cakes that are baked in... you guessed it... a loaf pan! Simply add your batter to a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Not only are these cakes just as tasty as their counterparts, but they're so cute and small and make great gifts during the holidays!

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Bundt cakes are generally firmer cakes and are baked in a decorative bundt pan. One of our all-time favorite bundts is a coffee cake which is made by layering cinnamon, sugar, and nuts between two layers of batter. 

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Our test kitchen worked tirelessly to create this jelly roll that can be served year-round. Get creative with the flavors! Try different fruits, buttercreams, and fillings.

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Who doesn't love cupcakes!? There's something about them that just make people happy. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners and fill 3/4-full with batter. Cool and frost.

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Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
No buttermilk on hand? Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to a glass measuring cup and fill with milk to the 1 cup mark. Let stand for at least 10 minutes at room temperature.
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Icing on the Cake

Frostings that take your cakes, cookies, and confections over-the-top.

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Just As Good As They Look

Show-stopping pies that taste as good as they look? Well, our recipes don't disappoint. But if decorating isn't your forté, we've got some helpful tips. Everything from pie crust recipes, techniques, and some store-bought fix-ups (Just order your favorite pie from our Bakery!)

Crazy-delicious pies start with a great base. And we're talking about a homemade double pie crust pastry.

Take your pies over-the-top with an easy and classic decorating technique. Of course, we're talking about a lattice crust. Here's how we made it easier than ever.

Not in the mood to make a homemade pie? Eh, it happens to us too. Order a Hy-Vee Bakery pumpkin pie and get to decorating with additional pie crust or powdered sugar. 

Spice Up Your Pie Crust Game

Better than the original? We think so. 

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Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
One recipe can do it all! Start with our recipe for All-Purpose Bread Dough and transform it into sandwich bread, pizza dough, garlic knots, cinnamon rolls, and crescent rolls.
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The Science of Baking

Cookies made just the way you like... with the help of some science. 

  • Burn No More

    Burnt bottoms? Here's some advice...

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  • Cookie Chemistry

    We experimented with ingredients so you don't have to.

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  • Stop the Spread

    Find out why your cookies are spreading.

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Tried and True

Your perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe is waiting for you. 

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No Time to Bake?

We thought of that, too. When we're strapped for time we get inspired by our very own Hy-Vee Bakery! With cakes, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, brownies and so much more, it's one of our favorite hacks when it comes to dessert.