What’s Your Baking Personality?

Slice of classic white cakeCornell University researchers studied nearly 800 family cooks and determined five distinct types of cooking personalities, types which supposedly influence the types of dishes that you make and what your “food biases” are. The study was done mostly to show that what we think we’re eating – healthy, tasty home-cooked meals – isn’t necessarily what we’re putting on the table because homemade doesn’t necessarily mean health food (although it certainly can). The quiz is fun to take, if nothing revolutionary, but I did notice that they really seemed to overlook baking – even though there are distinct types of bakers out there, as well! I tweaked the quiz a little bit. Take it and post your “baking personality” in the comments!

1) When I bake, I typically:

a) Opt for one of a handful of very familiar recipes that I make all the time.
b) Pick a recipe and follow it step-by-step.
c) Tweak the ingredients of a recipe to cut down on fat or sugar.
d) Go all out and create impressive, professional-looking delicacies.
e) Rarely use recipes as written and like to experiment with ingredients and flavors.

2) Some of my favorite ingredients are:

a) Chocolate, butter and vanilla.
b) Flour, eggs and sugar.
c) Applesauce and brown sugar.
d) Scratch puff pastry and browned butter.
e) Herbs and edible flowers.

3) In my free time I like to:

a) Visit with friends and family with baked goods in tow.
b) Organize the house and clean the kitchen.
c) Exercise or take a fitness class to burn off those extra cookies.
d) Read cookbooks or take cooking classes.
e) Watch cooking shows and read food blogs to stay ahead of the food trends.

4) My favorite things to bake are:

a) Classics, like chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
b) Cakes, because there is a lot of variety in the flavors, but the technique is always similar.
c) Recipes that include whole grains, or cut down on the added fat.
d) Breads, where I can try to achieve the perfect crumb.
e) Ethnic sweets and desserts from other countries.

5) Other people describe me as:

a) Really friendly.
b) Diligent and methodical.
c) Health conscious.
d) Intense and passionate.
e) Curious or innovative.

Which letter did you choose most often? Don’t worry about overlap – most of us fall into more than one category, and the quiz is just for fun. Here’s what your answers say about your baking style:

a) Giving: Friendly, well-liked and enthusiastic, giving bakers seldom experiment, love baking and like to serve tried-and-true family favorites that they know are crowd pleasers, rather than risk experimenting with the unknown.

b) Methodical: Talented bakers who rely heavily on recipes because baking is considered to be a science for a reason! They know that they’ll get the results they want that way. And usually, their creations look just like the picture in the cookbook.

c) Healthy: Healthy bakers love to be in the kitchen, but worry about the side effects of eating too many treats. They experiment with alternative ingredients to cut down on the “unhealthy” parts of recipes, usually white flours, sugars, eggs and fats. Health comes first, even if it means making a few compromises with taste and texture.
d) Competitive: Pros do it, so there is no reason that the competitive bakers shouldn’t be able to do it, too. Competitive bakers have dominant personalities, are perfectionists who are always trying to improve their own skills, and love to impress their guests.
e) Innovative: Creative and trend-setting, innovative bakers seldom use recipes and like to experiment with ingredients, cuisine styles and methods.

47 comments

  1. Hmm… I’m a pretty even split between A and B. No surprise there! What a fun quiz :)

  2. Interesting! I’m an A, with a smattering of B. I was surprised that the questions didn’t ask about regional/ethnic cooking at all.

  3. pretty slipt between A and B… what a neat little quiz :)

  4. I’m evidently a schizophrenic baker; 1 (a), 1 (b), 1 (d) and 2 (e)s. Everything except healthy! ;-) It actually makes sense since there are somethings I make over and over to give away, somethings I research so I can try and get it “right” and some that I like to experiment with. So, I guess it’s pretty accurate!

  5. Even though I only scored 2 B’s—it was the only letter I answered more than once so I guess that make me methodical, which in the end is fairly accurate.

    Fun quiz—I enjoyed it!

  6. 2 b’s, 1 a, 1 d, 1 e… but that d could have easily been an a too, so I guess I’m mostly methodical, and partly giving :)

  7. I’m surprised that I’m one of the first to say I’m definitely not A or B- well, I love to bake for people, but usually I try to broaden their horizons just a tad with some interesting ingredients.

    So…I’m C and D, for sure!

  8. I love to bake for people.

  9. Hee – C, with a sprinkling of D. Actually, probably about half and half. Makes sense to me :)

  10. I am A!! 2A’s, a C, a B and a D.

  11. 3 As, 2 Bs. But a lot of the questions I was torn.

  12. Mostly d, with 1 a and 1 b.

  13. I’m an A with a little bit of B too. Thanks for the super fun quiz. I would say that most people would agree with my baking style.

  14. I’m definitely a B baker.

  15. I’m a D…with a handful of E thrown in for good measure! Thanks for the fun. :)

  16. Split down the middle between A and E… with a pinch of D (2-A, 2-E, 1 D). I think it just depends on my mood :)

  17. when it comes to baking i’m very methodical and won’t stray, unless it’s interchangeable flavors. if it turns out like the picture is argueable though!

  18. I’m an even split between E and C – even the people I polled couldn’t pick an answer for the last one between the 2 haha.

  19. B=methodical! it’s very seldom i attempt a recipe unless i have a picture of the final product so i can compare what the result looks like vs the pic. But do tend to share with friends & family! I bake to destress from the day.

  20. Well i am in B. I like to cook step by step professionally and don’t like hassels.

  21. Thanks for sharing this. It’s interesting. I’ve got (C)

  22. really weird~~i got Bs on every single answer!

  23. I’m an A baker with a smattering of B and E. :D

    I love baking and having friends come over. It’s such a nice feeling to have made something tasty and to share it with others.

  24. I don’t know how to cook. But whenever i want to cook something i take a cooking book and use the tips of cooking. I like clean kitchen so i think in in B category.

  25. im an E and an A.
    Fun quiz! thanks for posting it.

  26. Mostly A, with a little of B.

  27. I am A and E LOL. I blogged about this on my site (and linked) I hope you don’t mind :)

  28. Fun quiz…I was a C all the way!

  29. I have a split personality. For others, I am an A (giving). For my family, especially me, I am a C (Healthy Baker). And for question #3, I picked all of the above!

  30. I am also not one to be placed in a “cookie cutter”!!! I scored 2 C’s and 2 A’s, and one E! Part of my healthy cooking is out of necessity: My husband has diabetes, so I am always changing things to use either whole grains and/or Whey Low sugar/Agave nectar/Splenda Brown sugar. It’s SO hard because we have two younger children who love to eat what children love to eat! But they have to eat what my husband can eat because we’re all in this together!

  31. I picked A,B,C,D, and E! A little bit of everything… I don’t think it means I’m balanced, though – probably more that I get bored easily.

  32. I am 3 A and 3 E. Yes, on a 5 part quiz, I got 6.

    Thanks for putting it up; your oatmeal chocolate bar things I love and my family doesn’t so I get them all!!!!

  33. Hm..2As, 2Bs, a C, and a D.

    Everything but Innovative.

  34. I was pretty evenly split between Innovative (e) and Competitive (d). That’s a little surprising to me because I wouldn’t have thought I was either, but I guess it’s true. :)

  35. Interesting quiz. I ended up with 3 Ds and 2 Bs, although one D could easily change to an E. Competitive and methodical. hmmm

  36. 2 b’s. Thanks for the quiz very innovative

  37. i am an A and C …yeah, they most definitely describe me.

  38. Hmm I’m a mix of b and d. I must use recipes for my innovative ideas which i guess is kinda true :) Interesting.

  39. opps meant b’s and e’s

  40. Very nice. This was fun to do (and I usually don’t do quizes).

  41. well i did it and i’m A! haha kindda true coz i dont really venture into the unknowns when it comes to cooking. anyway its really interesting and thanks for sharing!!

  42. Funny I split evenly between B and E which completely contradict each other. I like to try new things but I always follow the recipe exactly the first time which is especially important if its something that you’ve never seen or tasted before.

  43. Wow… I am competitive in the kitchen… Thanks for the quiz!

  44. I tested as a healthy baker but on another given day I’d probably be a giving baker, as I do tend to prepare goodies for loved ones quite often. I don’t really give material gifts for Christmas and birthdays. I bake!

    This was a pretty accurate assessment however. Indeed whatever I do prepare is almost always sure to have some nutritional benefit!

  45. I’m an A, B, C, D, E…? :S so, i guess i have a split personality..

  46. i guess i am in between c and b

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