5 Baking Lessons We Learned From Taylor Swift

March 11, 2016

You already know Taylor Swift’s squad: Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham. But let’s not forget about the most important members: flour, sugar, and butter. They knew her before she was famous, and they taught her everything she knows. And they continue to help her win friends and influence people, one cookie at a time.

When Taylor and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris celebrated their one-year anniversary this week, Calvin Snapchatted a distinctly homemade-looking chocolate cake. While I can’t say for certain that the cake was Taylor’s handiwork, it did inspire me to revisit Taylor’s five best baking moments… and the lessons we can learn from them:

Lesson #1: Embrace Americana.

I love a good croissant. I’ll never turn down a churro. But in a world obsessed with hunting down the next exotic pastry, bless Taylor for leveraging her all-American image and showing some love to the classics.

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First she made apple pie.

We made apple pie because America.

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Then she made chocolate chip cookies.

Days off are for......

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Then she made flag cake—twice, with the squad!—and gave a shout-out to the recipe’s creator, the inimitable Ina Garten.

Look @inagarten !!!! We wish you were here-- love, TS, @jaime_king @amandygriffith

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The end result + sparklers + help from @austinkingsleyswift Thanks @inagarten!!

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Which brings me to lesson #2…

Lesson #2: Honor your mentors.

Ina then invited Taylor to spend a day cooking with her in the Hamptons, which is the actual definition of #squadgoals.

A day of cooking in the Hamptons with my HERO. How bad can that be? @inagarten @foodnetwork_mag

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Lesson #3: Eat your humble pie.

When Taylor opened her NYC home to fans for 1989’s “Secret Session” preview events, she could have served the finest catered spread her new hometown could offer. Instead, she made cookies: chai sugar cookies with eggnog icing and copycat Thin Mints, to be exact. And—I mean this in a good way—they even look homemade. Because underneath the perfectly polished exterior, Taylor is one of us.

Chai sugar cookies with cinnamon eggnog icing AKA Christmas in September.

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These may have been my favorite because they reminded me of thin mints-- Dark Chocolate Peppermint cookies.

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Lesson #4: Brunch is king.

If you haven’t brunched with someone, are you even really friends? The answer is no, and Taylor knows this, which is why she makes sure to bring doughnuts for her team and Instagram her buckwheat crepes at 1 P.M. Who knows or cares if Taylor made a single crêpe, then face-planted back into bed?

Trouble is #1 on US and UK radio so I brought donuts to work. As donuts and #1s both make me very very happy.

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Lesson #5: Bake it forward.

Whether it’s a cake for Calvin, kookies with Karlie, or “pumpkin bread for everyone [she] knows,” Taylor knows everything tastes better shared.

The Levain Bakery cookies that turned my day around. #WelcomeToNewYork

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You can be cook like Taylor Swift, too!

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clotilde March 11, 2016
That was a fun read, thanks!

It reminded me of this post I wrote a little while ago with 5 baking lessons I learned from Zoe Nathan who runs the Huckleberry bakery :
702551 March 11, 2016
I can't believe you folks couldn't find one good culinary riff from "Shake It Off." ;-)
laurenlocally March 11, 2016