This article is part of our Bakery Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your bakery business!
If you’re starting or running a bakery, you have a practically endless array of resources right at your fingertips. To give you a head start, here are some of our favorite sources. So, whether you’re yearning to open your own micro-bakery, or become a chocolate artisan, we’re willing to bet there’s something here for you.
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Listen and watch
This YouTube channel is a great resource if you’re looking for tutorials on baking and decorating. You’ll learn some handy techniques so that when you finally get down to baking and decorating, you’ll be a pro!
Gretchen Price is a professional pastry chef with over 20 years of experience in the baking industry. Her YouTube channel is packed full of recipes and step-by-step baking tutorials. To get you started, here is a great playlist of how-to videos.
Begun in 1987, this international nonprofit association is a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in the baking industry.
Whether you’re looking for networking opportunities, learning resources, or a way to take part in public policy advocacy, it’s worth spending some time getting to know the site.
The ASB is a professional industry association dedicated to helping people in the baking industry connect and network.
From bakery business owners and the bakers themselves, to those involved in baking technology, this is a useful place to network no matter what stage of business you’re in. Be sure to check out their list of national associations and resources.
Learn from the experts
Jessica Pedemont is not just a chocolate artisan and a professional baker, but also a fantastic resource for bakers worldwide. Particularly interesting resources include cooking show episodes focusing on where to find the best ingredients, and some great baking recipes.
If you’re interested in educational resources that will help you sharpen your baking skills, renowned food website The Kitchn has a 20-day, free course that serves as a sort of online baking school—recipes and homework assignments included! You can access the course assignments at any time, to fit your schedule.
New York Magazine published this fascinating case study of a New York City bakery called BabyCakes, owned by Erin McKenna.
What makes it so useful? Well, Erin hasn’t held back on the finer details. You can find out more about how she got started without a bank loan or much money.
If you’re interested in getting your start in your kitchen, this program and the accompanying how-to steps will be very informative.
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