The Best Baking Recipes of 2020

From pear chocolate crisps to cakes and cookies, this is the definitive list of the Best Baking Recipes of 2020!
Best Baking Recipes 2020 — three recipes, a pavlova, a chocolate cake, and cookie.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Let’s do things a little bit different this year, since 2020 was absolutely bananas. Instead of just highlighting my best baking recipes of 2020, I’m highlighting recipes from some of my closest baker friends — friends you definitely have heard of — to see what they made this year that won their hearts. Don’t worry, though, I do have my own choice on this list, too.

As 2021 gets started, I feel like it’s more important than ever to find even a little bit of joy through baking. I hope you find a lot of it, but even the smallest amount will mean I’ve done my job of helping you bake anytime, anywhere, and put a positive note into your life. From desserts to bread, I (and these friends of mine), are here for you and whatever it is you might need to get baking.

So, what were our best baking recipes of 2020? Let’s find out.

Brandi Milloy: Homemade Sprinkles!

Homemade Sprinkles on a lovely yellow cake.

Brandi Milloy is a TV Host, Food & Lifestyle Expert — and her best recipe of 2020 is her Homemade Sprinkles (the recipe is in her IGTV video — just follow along)! If you’d love to see more from her, follow her @brandimilloy on all socials, and check out her site,!

Tessa Arias: Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Gooey Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies next to a glass of milk.

If you’re looking for a great cookie, then look no further than this recipe from Chef and cookbook author Tessa Arias! Her Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are her 2020 baking recipe of the year — and for good reason. Just look at them. Make sure you follow her @handletheheat on socials everywhere!

Hetal Vasavada: Lemon Cardamom Snickerdoodles!

Lemon Cardamom Snickerdoodles on a plate next to lemons.

Not only are Cookbook Author and Blogger Hetal Vasavada’s Lemon Cardamom Snickerdoodles gorgeous, but they are also eggless. And that’s even before the incredible flavors hit you! It’s no wonder she chose these cookies as her Best Baking Recipe of 2020. Follow her @milkandcardamom on socials everywhere for more incredible treats like these.

Zoë François: Pavlova

Pavlova, topped with berries and fruit.

I’ll be honest here: I’m a huge sucker for a gorgeous pavlova — with the crispy exterior and marshmallow-y insides. It’s no wonder pastry chef, author, and TV host Zoë François chose her Pavlova recipe as her best in 2020! Make sure you check out her new cake book that will feature this pavlova in a chocolate version. Zoë also has her Artisan Bread in 5 website and book as well!

You can follow her on social media everywhere at @zoebakes!

Catherine McCord: Skillet Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, filled with chocolate candies and topped with ice cream.

Our third (and final) cookie on this list is a bit different — and by different, I mean massive, gooey, and baked in a cast-iron pan! Founder of Weelicious and One Potato, Catherine McCord has brought you her Skillet Double Chocolate Chip Cookie as her choice for the list of Best Baking Recipes of 2020! Make sure you check out for more recipes and follow Catherine @weelicious on socials everywhere.

Brian Hart Hoffman: Blueberry Basque Loaf

Slices Blueberry Basque Loaf next to a bowl of blueberries.

Elevated is the name of the game here, from the Editor-in-chief of Bake from Scratch, Brian Hart Hoffman! Instead of making his Blueberry Basque Loaf round, like it classically is, he has adapted it to a loaf pan and added gorgeous blueberries, too. Follow him on social media @thebakefeed and @brianharthoffman for more delicious treats, and check out for more recipes!

Dalia Soubra: Fudgy Chocolate Tahini Cake

Chocolate Tahini Cake topped with candles.

What would 2020 be without a delicious chocolate cake? Well, this isn’t just any chocolate cake. This a Fudgy Chocolate Tahini Cake (watch the IGTV video for the recipe!) from Chef & Author Dalia Dogmoch Soubra. It’s impressive, loaded with chocolate, and with a twist that makes this a must-try cake. Follow Dalia on socials @daliaskitchen and check out for more recipes!

Gemma Stafford: Pear & Dark Chocolate Crisp

Pear and Chocolate Crisp in bowls with ice cream.

If you follow me on social media, then you’ve seen my Pear & Dark Chocolate Crisp before — because I absolutely cannot, and will not, stop talking about it. I’m not even a huge fan of pears in my desserts, and yet the pears in this recipe are absolutely perfect with the crunchy chocolate topping. I fell in love with it immediately, and you will too!

And, of course, you can follow me on social media @BiggerBolderBakingsign up for my newsletter for the latest recipes and baking tips, and buy my first cookbook, too!

I hope you try all of the recipes on the Best Baking Recipes of 2020 list! They’re all worth it.

Thanks a million to all the creators above!

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Roseline ajie
Roseline ajie
3 years ago

Happy new year teacher Gemma.and family. This is an extra sacrifice for our training
I have never never gotten such trainings any where in Nigeria. I shall post, immediately l commence work after the new year holiday. Congratulations! Keep it up, my outstanding teacher for real

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Meet Gemma

Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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