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!

When it comes to starting or running a bakery, the delicious resources you have access to are almost limitless! 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.

If you have any of your own favorite resources to share, please leave a comment below!

Listen and watch

Dessert Network on YouTube

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’s Bakery

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.


International Dairy Deli Bakery Association

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. Here are a few useful workbooks you might want to check out.

The American Society of Baking

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, the chocolate artisan

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.

The Kitchn Baking School

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 email course that serves as a sort of online baking school—recipes and homework assignments included! You can sign up at any time.

The BabyCakes story

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.

BBC program on micro-bakeries

If you’re interested in getting your start in your kitchen, this program and the accompanying how-to steps will be very informative.

Do you have any of your own favorite resources? We’d love to know! Be sure to share them with us in the comments below.

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