There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through the kitchen. And while we all know the joys of baking (and eating) cookies, cakes, and pies, sometimes we need a little boost in the form of music to get us in the baking spirit. Luckily, there are plenty of songs out there that celebrate the act of baking.
With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best songs about baking, perfect for getting you in the kitchen and whipping up something sweet.
These songs range from classic hits to more modern tunes, but they all have one thing in common: they’ll make you want to bake.
1. “The Bakery” by Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez is known for her quirky and dark lyrics, and “The Bakery” is no exception. Have you seen the music video for this hit track?
It’s the perfect combination of cute and weird, just like Martinez herself. She’s not afraid to show her strange side, and that’s what we love about her!
2. “Pound Cake” by Drake
Who loves Drake? We do! And while this song isn’t technically about baking, it does mention cake a lot. So we’re going to include it on our list.
Featuring artists Jay-Z, Ellie Goulding, and Jimmy Smith, “Pound Cake” is a fun and upbeat track that will get you in the mood to bake (and eat) some cake.
3. “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” by Ethel Merman
If you have a loved one coming over for the weekend and you feel like baking them some cake, this classic tune from Ethel Merman is the perfect song to listen to while doing it.
It’s a feel-good track that will get you excited about baking and just spending time with your loved ones. It’s one of her most popular tracks that have been covered by various artists over the years.
4. “Cheese Cake” by Dexter Gordon
This 1962 classic by Dexter Gordon is one of the most memorable and literal in mid-century jazz. As the renowned saxophonist himself affirmed at a historic performance at Carnegie Hall, cheesecakes are very great to eat, and nothing has ever been more honest. You can stream this track on all music platforms out there.
5. “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl” by Nina Simone
Here’s a song about wanting something sweet to turn her dark day bright. Nina Simone’s voice is so powerful and emotion-filled that it always leaves us wanting more, just like sugar in our bowl.
This classic tune has been covered by various artists over the years, including Lisa Simone and Allison Moorer.
6. “Custard Pie” by Led Zeppelin
For the rock fans out there, we’ve included Led Zeppelin’s “Custard Pie”. This tune is a sultry take on baking, with custard pie actually being a symbol of female genitalia.
The lyrics are pretty suggestive, but at the end of the day, it’s a pretty fun song to listen to while baking up a storm in the kitchen.
7. “The Muffin Man” by The Countdown Kids
Next on the list is a children’s song that’s been around for quite a while. “The Muffin Man” is a nursery rhyme that’s often sung by kids while they help their parents bake.
It’s a simple, catchy tune that’s sure to get stuck in your head. If you’re looking for a song to sing with your little ones while baking, this is a perfect choice.
8. “Birthday Cake” by Rihanna
Here’s another sultry tune, this time from Rihanna. “Birthday Cake” is a bit more explicit than Led Zeppelin’s “Custard Pie”, but it’s still a fun song to listen to while baking. The lyrics are all about celebrating with cake, and what could be more perfect for a baker than that?
9. “Cake Boy” by Hoodie Allen
“Cake Boy”, Hoodie Allen’s hit song, is all about delicious cakes… and will get stuck in your head for days! The lyrics are funny and make references to different types of cakes and pastries. What better song to listen to while baking up a storm in the kitchen?
10. “Cake By the Ocean” by DNCE
This next song will make you want to get up and dance while you bake your cake! “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE is all about having a good time and enjoying some cake, of course. The lyrics are pretty suggestive, but we’ll just ignore that for now and focus on the baking fun!
11. “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns In Bed Kinky Friedman” by Kinky Friedman
This song is a bit of a humorously naughty take on baking, but we had to include it because it’s just so darn catchy!
“Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns In Bed” by Kinky Friedman is all about, well, getting your baking done so you can move on to some other activities… This one is sure to make you giggle, but it will also make you crave some biscuits!
12. “Let’s Bake a Cake” by Mooseclumps
Here’s another kids’ song about baking that grown-ups will love, too! “Let’s Bake a Cake” by Mooseclumps is a super cute and catchy tune that will make you want to get in the kitchen and bake something sweet. The lyrics are simple and fun, and the overall message is just to enjoy the process of baking.
13. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops
This classic Motown song from The Four Tops is all about being addicted to something sweet, and it definitely applies to baking!
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” is a catchy and fun tune that will make you crave some sugar. If you’re looking for a song to get you motivated to bake, this is it!
14. “The Baking Song” by The Lancashire Hotpots
This next song is a true ode to baking, and it’s sure to make you hungry! “The Baking Song” by The Lancashire Hotpots is all about the joys of baking, from the smell of fresh bread to the satisfaction of eating a delicious cake. This one will definitely get your mouth watering!
15. “Making Pies” by Patty Griffin
Making pies will be a lot more fun with this song playing in the background. It’s all about, well, making pies. Griffin sings about her schedule for the week and how Mondays are always pie-baking days. It’s a simple, catchy tune that makes the task seem a lot more fun.
16. “I’m Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat It Too)” by Teena Marie
A very seductive song about, you guessed it, cake. Marie sings about how she’s going to have her cake and eat it too over a sultry R&B beat. This one is sure to get you in the mood for some delicious dessert, either baking or eating.
17. “Warm Heart Pastry” by Mike Heron
Mike Heron of the Scottish folk group The Incredible String Band sings about a warm heart pastry, which is “filled with love and care.” This song is a little more lighthearted than some of the others on this list, but it’s still a lovely ode to baking. You can listen to this track on Youtube.
18. “Baking Bread with Blippi” by Blippi
Blippi is a children’s entertainer with a series of educational videos on Youtube. In this song, Blippi teaches kids (and adults!) how to bake bread. It’s a fun, upbeat tune that will get you excited about baking. This now has over 27k views on Youtube so go check it out.
19. “Bread Of Heaven” by Wales Forever
This is a traditional Welsh song about, you guessed it, bread. It’s a beautiful, hymn-like track that will make you appreciate the simple act of baking bread. It was released in 2012 as part of their Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends album which can be streamed on all music platforms.
20. “Toast” by Streetband
Wrapping up the list is “Toast” by Streetband. Who doesn’t love a good slice of toast? This song is all about the simple pleasure of eating toast. It’s a catchy little tune that will make you crave some toast (with butter, of course). You can find this track on Spotify and Youtube.
Baking can be a fun and relaxing activity, especially when you have some good tunes to listen to. I hope this list of songs about baking has inspired you to get in the kitchen and bake something delicious. And as always, happy listening!