Intimitaded by Baking Math?

We are in full baking mode here at the bakery. In ‘normal’ times of the year we are a unique blend of baking our bakery line and baking / decorating wedding and / or occasion cakes. Yet in December it is mostly baking for the bakery line. Which I love and enjoy. It fills your senses with the holiday season. And my youngest daughter who still lives with me loves it because there is always something to ‘sample’.

However, large quantities, and multiple quantities mean a lot of math. Now, unlike a lot of bakers I see highlighted on Food Network shows and the like, I am most definitely not a mathematician. In fact, I told my children’s teachers that I could no longer help them with their math homework after grade 5. Algebra II, Calculus, are all just words to me that can remain pleasant as long as we don’t enter the deep labyrith of their meaning, or worse, application.

And yet, I am very adept and quick at baking math. Somehow the simple fractions and changing from teaspoons to tablespoons, cups to pounds, ounces to cups, are not so or so complicated to me. Which always makes me chuckle when I’m working with people who love math and sometimes struggle with it. Now, before you think I’m bragging or gloating, don’t; their is no ego, just baffled amusement. And I want to help everyone who does struggle with it, so I am putting these notes below, to help you until you’re baking sufficiently that it becomes second hand knowledge.

1 cup of butter = 2 sticks (8 oz) (1 stick = 4 oz, 8 TB)
16 oz = 1 lb
16TB = 8 oz
2 TB = 1 oz
6 tsp = 1 oz
3 tsp = 1 TB
3/4 tsp = 1/4 Tb
⅓ , 0.33 = 5 Tb + a bit
¾ (0.75) cup = 6 oz,
1.5 cup = 12 oz
2.5 cups = 20 oz, 1.25 lb
2 lb = 32oz
5 TB = 2.5 oz

oz = ounces, Tb = tablespoon, tsp – teaspoon, lb – pound,

While fluid ounce and solid ounce are the same equivalents in weight, it is not interchangeable measuring and should be measured in their respective measuring tools.

So be afraid no more; Go forth and Bake!

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