Why I started Beginner Bakes

Hey friends, happy Tuesday.

I’ve had some people ask about my baking challenge and Beginner Bakes, so here’s a little insight about why I started both.

Why baking?

I’m lucky to have a hubby who does all the cooking at home and he’s really good at it. He wasn’t always though, and he actually didn’t cook at all when I first met him six years ago. It’s cool to see (and taste 😉) how he’s progressing, and I want to do the same with baking since I genuinely enjoy it and find it relaxing. Plus, we received a really pretty KitchenAid mixer for our wedding that I want to put to good use!

Why British recipes?

The whole premise of this blog is an American baker trying out British recipes. More specifically, Mary Berry’s recipes. I got the idea to try making recipes from her cookbook, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible: Over 250 Classic Recipes, while binge-watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. All the things they bake look so rustic and delicious and I was picking up a lot of little tips, so I figured I’d do it like the Brits do and imagine Mary Berry is critiquing my bakes!

Speaking of critiques…

I’m a perfectionist in every sense of the word and I’m my biggest and worst critic. If something doesn’t come easy to me I have a horrible habit of quitting. Obviously being new to baking I’m going to make mistakes and not every dish will turn out how I imagined, so it’s my goal to be ok with that. During week two (the chocolate fudge cake) I was frustrated that the cake was too rich for my taste and it legitimately ruined my whole afternoon. It sounds so silly in hindsight. I need to learn to accept that it’s all part of the learning process and that it’s ok. PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD.

Accountability

In addition to taking on my yearlong baking challenge, I also started a blog and Instagram to document it all. I created these things to share and draw inspiration and hold myself accountable. Despite having just a few followers, I feel obligated to keep going with my challenge so I don’t feel like a failure (is that too harsh? Idk). If I want to keep baking after a year, great – and if not, at least I held myself accountable and stuck to my goal ‘til the end.

Patience

On the topic of the blog and Instagram, I need to remember that these things take time to establish! It’s easy to see people with tons of followers who make it look easy and think, I’m never going to get to that point so what’s the point?! Rome wasn’t built in a day…or in this case, my following. It’s all about consistency, being patient, and AVOIDING RESISTANCE (more about that in this book I’m reading now, Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way).

Creative outlet

*Hipster voice* I was a content creator before it was cool.

But really. By day, I’m a copywriter and content strategist for a tech company. And while I’m fortunate to have a great job as a writer, I’m not always super passionate about who or what I’m writing for at work. Baking and blogging (and being able to write what I want in my own words) are nice ways to recharge my creativity meter.

Always learning

I’m a naturally curious person and I love to learn. I’m excited that I’ve already learned a lot and it’s only been a couple weeks! From learning how to bake to how to create YouTube videos to how to change the theme on my site, it’s all a new experience. And while it can be frustrating, it’s exciting when you finally figure it out. Here’s to a lot more learning and improving along the way.

There you have it! I often feel like I’m speaking into an infinite abyss, so if you’re reading this, let me know why you’re here and follow along on IG @beginnerbakes 🙂

Featured photo from @britishbakeoff

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3 Comments

  1. I am your Aunt Claudia and I am reading your blog to your Grandmother Smith at this moment. I am so overwhelmed by your intelligence and spirit. I can learn something from you little sister. We (your Grandma & I) are going to follow you in this journey. Both of us love British television and I love a good scone. I was invited to a baking party next week so maybe I will try a recipe from this book. We love you very much.

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