Oh, Martha. You make it look so easy. Cream the butter, sift the flour and voil脿! A聽perfectly baked cake. Well, we鈥檝e tried. And it doesn鈥檛 always work like that. If your聽cookies聽always end up burned or the thought of activating yeast makes you聽start to sweat, here are 25 baking lessons to help you channel your inner Mrs. Fields.

1.聽How to Bake a Cake: Okay, so you鈥檝e totally mastered the聽boxed cake. Add in some oil and eggs? No problem. Now it鈥檚 time to take the next step: 100% homemade. You can do this. We believe in you. Just let those eggs come to room temperature and everything will be okay. (via聽BHG)

2.聽How to Frost a Cake: The secret to perfect frosting is to apply a 鈥渃rumb coat鈥 and let it chill before slabbing on a second layer. This will keep all those pesky crumbs from getting mixed up in the frosting. (via聽Wiki How)

3.聽How to Serve a Layer Cake: The thought of slicing through a perfectly baked cake you just slaved over can be terrifying. Grab a knife, take a deep breath and follow Mr. Williams-Sonoma鈥檚 trusty advice. (via聽Williams-Sonoma)

4.聽How to Prep a Cake Pan: The cake is in the oven and it smells amazzzing. But then you try to pull it out鈥 it鈥檚 stuck. Forehead slap. Next time make sure you either butter, flour, oil or cover your pan in parchment paper. (via聽Chattavore)

5.聽Salted vs. Unsalted Butter: Unsalted butter is usually called for so that you have complete control over the amount of salt in a recipe. If you鈥檙e in a pinch, either butter should work just fine. (via聽Dinner With Julie)

6.聽Types of Sugar: Are confectioners sugar and powdered sugar the same? What鈥檚 the difference between light and dark brown sugar? Break down the differences with these guidelines. (via聽My Baking Addiction)

7.聽Types of Flour: Even harder to decipher than all the different sugars are the various types of flour. Ditch the all-purpose stuff and step up your baking game by using a flour specifically tailored to your recipe. (via聽Life Made Sweet)

8.聽Types of Oil: Using oil is a common (vegan friendly) substitute for butter. There are two important factors to remember when using oil 鈥 smoke point and taste. Heating oil past its smoke point will decompose it, reduce its flavor and generate cancer-causing compounds. Yikes. (via聽Kitchen Daily)

9.聽Basic Supplies:聽Find all the deliciously sweet recipes you like, you can鈥檛 get started baking until you have the right tools. Find out what you really need to get started.聽(via聽J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment Blog)

10.聽Separating Eggs: There are a million different techniques to separating eggs. You can use your hands, a slotted spoon or transfer the yolk back and forth in a cracked shell. Our favorite egg separating hack uses the bulb of a turkey baster to magically suck the yolk up and away from the whites. (via聽Wonder How To)

11.聽How to Melt Chocolate: Chocolate-covered strawberries are the bee鈥檚 knees. Burnt chocolate-covered strawberries are definitely not. Check out these instructions to properly melt chocolate. (via聽Not Enough Cinnamon)

12.聽How to Proof Yeast: Yeast is a key ingredient in one of the essential food groups (bread). But let鈥檚 face it: The thought of using yeast can be kind of scary. Here is everything you need to know about the stuff. (via聽The Kitchn)

13.聽How to Make Pie Crust: Pie is the quintessential American dessert. Do your country proud with these tips for a buttery, golden crust. (via聽A Spicy Perspective)

14.聽How to Tell When Cookies, Brownies and Bars are Done: If we鈥檙e going to trust anyone to tell us when our cookies are perfectly baked, it鈥檚 going to be Pillsbury. (via聽Pillsbury,聽image via Brit + Co.)

15.聽Tips for Perfect Cookies: This blogger鈥檚 secret to perfectly chewy cookies is to melt the butter halfway in a preheated oven and then place it in the fridge until it reaches room temperature before creaming it with sugar. (via聽Pinch of Yum)

16.聽How to Knead Dough: The secret to kneading dough is flour and patience. The sticky process should take you about 10 to 15 minutes. Stop when your dough is smooth, supple and silky. 聽(via聽The Kitchn)

17.聽How to Make Custard: Custard is a versatile dessert perfect for beginners. It鈥檚 made out of egg yolks, milk and thickened by adding cornstarch or flour and heating it. Top tip: make sure you whisk as you pour, otherwise you鈥檒l end up with scrambled eggs. No one wants that. (via聽Yelena Sweets)

18.聽How to Make Caramel: It鈥檚 sticky but it doesn鈥檛 have to be scary. Considering caramel tastes great with pretty much all baked goods, we think this a skill you鈥檒l be glad to know. (via聽Yum Sugar)

19.聽How to Fold a Batter: Don鈥檛 even know what that means? Well read on, friend. Folding is a mixing technique that creates a light and airy batter. It might sound advanced, but really, it鈥檚 super simple. (via聽The Kitchn)

20.聽Brownie Basics: They鈥檙e a chocolatey, gooey mess and we wouldn鈥檛 have it any other way. Grab a glass of milk because you鈥檙e going to need something to complement those perfectly baked brownies of yours. (via聽Craftsy)

21.聽How to Make Muffins: Muffins are quick and relatively simple. The most important thing to remember is not to over mix. Combine dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls and mix them together only until just combined. (via聽BHG)

22.聽Cupcake Tips:聽If any dessert is really having a moment right now it鈥檚 the cupcake 鈥 yes, still. Unlike a sheet cake, cupcakes require a little more effort and individual attention, but boy, are they cute. (via聽Somewhat Simple)

23.聽How to Store Baking Products: You bought all the baking necessities. Now how are you supposed to store everything? Follow these tips to get the most out of your ingredients. (via聽How To Simplify, image via Shelterness)

24.聽Cookie Decorating: Okay so you鈥檝e made a perfect cake, a fabulous batch of brownies and even mastered the cookie. It鈥檚 time to step it up and give royal icing a go. This decorating style is definitely labor intensive, but c鈥檓on, you鈥檙e pretty much a professional now. (via聽Wedding Bee)

25.聽Baking Substitutions: Halfway through your recipe, you realize you don鈥檛 have a key ingredient. Now is not the time to panic. Now is the time to get creative 鈥 and maybe even healthy?! (via聽Your Cup of Cake)

Do you have any baking advice to share? We鈥檙e all ears! Do so below!!