How to Use a Kitchen Scale for Baking

Want to take your baking from good to great? I’m showing you how to use a kitchen scale for baking so you can make the best cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other baked goods. A scale is one of the best ways to improve your baking because it makes it so much easier to measure ingredients accurately.

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Flour in a glass mixing bowl on top of a kitchen scale with measuring cups off to the side

I’m a big believer that you don’t need a kitchen stuffed with equipment to make delicious recipes. I think it’s more important to have fewer tools that are the right tools, like a kitchen scale. 

I know, I know. We LOVE our measuring cups! But, let me tell you – using a kitchen scale to measure ingredients will take your baking to a whole new level. It will also reduce stress because there is nothing more stressful than a dessert you need for a party collapsing because the flour measurement was off.

Since I started writing my cookbook I’ve been measuring EVERYTHING and it’s SO much easier – and more consistent. I’m working hard to update all my posts with metric measurements.

So, I am sharing why I love my kitchen scale and why you will love it, too! Once you get one, you will be surprised how often you use it. It’s one of the most used tools in my kitchen.

Professional Bakers Use Them

Go into any professional kitchen or bakery you will find kitchen scales. The pros use them because it is the most precise way to measure ingredients. If you’re churning out cupcakes, cookies, and cakes to sell, you need them to be the same and turn out perfectly every time. A kitchen scale plays a big part in that!

As a home baker, maybe you’re not selling your cupcakes, but if you’ve ever worried about something not turning out right for a party or potluck can take a lot of that stress away.

Everyone Scoops Ingredients Differently

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably have noticed I always recommend the spoon and level method for measuring flour and other ingredients. That’s because how you fill a measuring cup will impact how your recipe turns out.

Dipping the cup in the flour instead of spooning it will yield very different amounts. Even the spoon and level method isn’t always precise, which is why I recommend a scale. It just takes away all the variables that can change the amount of flour.

“But, Dorothy,” you might be wondering, “if you love a scale so much, why are most of your recipes in cups?” Yes, it’s true, and I’ve always done it because people love their measuring cups. I will continue to list them because it’s what many people want, especially in the US. 

But I am slowly working my way through the recipes and adding weight measurements to all of my posts. It is the best way to measure, and I hope to convince you!

Measuring cup full of flour with kitchen scale in background

Types of Scales: Digital vs. All the Others

There are all kinds of scales, but there are basically two kinds: digital kitchen scales and not digital ones. Long story short: I recommend digital scales above all the others. Here’s why:

  • They are easy to use.
  • It’s easy to convert from ounces to grams.
  • They don’t take up a lot of space.
  • You can find good quality digital scales at a reasonable cost.

Non-digital scales work, too, but the mechanism that makes them work properly can wear out over time. They are also not always as accurate as a digital scale. The biggest reason I don’t like them, though, is that they usually only measure in ounces or grams, not both. That makes it hard if you have a recipe that uses the measurement your scale doesn’t have.

How to Use a Kitchen Scale for Baking

If you’re still on the fence, I have one more reason you should join team kitchen scale with me: fewer dishes.

Using a scale means you can measure all of the ingredients in the bowl without pulling out all of your measuring cups and spoons. Let me explain:

Pretend you are making a cake. Usually, you would get all of your ingredients and measure them out individually with spoons or cups. With a scale, this is what you can do instead:

  • Place your mixing bowl on top of the scale. You will see the weight of the bowl on the display. There is a “tare” button that will zero out the weight. Basically, telling the scale to pretend there’s nothing on it.
  • Pour the first ingredient in the bowl until the display shows the weighted amount. Zero it out again (tare) and add your next ingredient. 

You can do this will all of the ingredients you need weighted measurements for – zeroing out after each so you can get an accurate measure. No cups or spoons are required! You can also easily switch between ounces and grams if needed.

A Kitchen Scale is Not Just for Baking!

Even if you don’t bake all the time, you can use your scale to measure all kinds of ingredients. It’s great for pasta, meat, cheese… basically any ingredient that is measured by weight. It also helps if you’re practicing portion control or counting calories – you can weigh out precisely the amount you want.

Measuring cup full of flour with kitchen scale in background

Kitchen Scale Recommendations

I’ve tried a lot of different scales, and these are the ones I recommend:

I keep my kitchen scale out on the counter at my house, and I use it all the time. I promise it makes a difference! Using a kitchen scale for baking will make life so much easier – your desserts and baked goods will thank you for it!

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  1. I agree with your enthusiasm for weighing ingredients. Now if I could find gram weight for the baking items measured with spoons – i.e – 1/2 tsp baking soda. But spoons are easy to hand wash.
    Can’t wait for your cookbook! Know it will be a star among cookbooks.

  2. I just got a kitchen scale but haven’t used it yet. My question is – if you are adding the ingredients on top of each other, what do you do if you add too much of something? How do you remove it if it’s on top of other ingredients?