The Sims 4 Get to Work: Baking
Recipe List, Advice on Operating a Food Store
Get to Work's Baking Skill doesn't have many unlocks, but that doesn't make it profitable. It's a great skill when combined with retail and synergizes well with Cooking and Gourmet Cooking.
The Sims 4's Baking Skill comes with the Get to Work Expansion Pack. This Skill adds a huge number of new recipes to the game, which can be sold via the Expansion's retail features. This allows players to make bakeries and other food-selling stores, and with huge profit margins so long as you are always baking new goods. This guide to Baking will provide some general tips on running a bakery, with the recipes that are unlocked as you level it.
At time of writing, the ideal mood for Baking is broken - it displays as blue but doesn't give additional skill XP. It is likely meant to be Inspired, ala the base game's cooking skills. However, effective level from the Muser bonus trait -- gained by selecting a Creativity Aspiration upon Sim creation -- do kick in when Inspired. This gives you a 4-level advantage when cooking a meal, meaning it is more likely to come out high quality. Thus, methods of getting Inspired, as well as the Creative Trait are recommended.
Skill Unlocks - Decorate
Leveling Baking allows only one special unlock - level 3 allows you to decorate cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, and cakes that come from this skill for $10 in order to improve their value by 50%. Be advised, however, that for anything much under $17 or so it is a loss. You break even on $20, but then can get more money back from selling it with the retail markup. Cakes from the regular cooking skill cannot be decorated, and the cakes from baking can't have candles. They're just not cross-compatible.
Moodlets from Meals
All foods here can provide at minimum a 4h +1 Happy Moodlet when baked to excellent quality. At level 6, with fudge bars from the oven and salmon croquettes from the cupcake factory you can get to +2/5h Moodlets. Level 8 and up foods can give a 6h +3 Happy Moodlet, so long as you maintain the excellent quality.
Sell to Local Bakery - Making Early Money
For leveling the Skill, I recommend the cupcake factory, because you are able to sell items to the local bakery for a profit in order to keep your Sim afloat. You cannot get the extra cash from decorating them this way, however. It's just the base value. Items higher level than 7 don't seem sellable, or at least only few are. Later on, when you're making excellent dishes and have access to the best recipes, you can move over to retail and make great money doing so. You can buy the Cupcake Factory via Buy Mode > Objects by Function > Appliances > Kitchen Appliances for $1200.
Retail Stores - Bakeries and Food
You can make money selling food in The Get to Work Expansion Pack. Get inspired, make excellent foods, decorate (where possible) and sell them. Players cannot run a restaurant, but do indeed have the ability to sell foods via special displays that come with the Expansion. There are two types here: refrigerated and vending. Both keep foods fresh a long time. The latter, however, lets you sell items without ringing customers up. You can then replace the items via buy mode, instead of restocking them to earn even more money.
Because of the restocking fees being 80% of the retail sell value, you should definitely cook a new food instead of using restock (in most cases, except in a pinch), then decorate when applicable. Putting the markup low (10%) may encourage many more sales and then let you ring up customers without interacting with them and use spare time to bake goods. Your employees may help with ringing up, as well. Employees are not necessary at all if you operate a store that sells foods via the vending machines only, but may be helpful in pitching sales and cleaning the store.
I suggest you look at this guide along with the homestyle/gourmet cooking guide to see the variety of foods you can make at higher level and select the most profitable types (those with the highest sell values, save ambrosia and voodoo doll cupcakes). Stock your store up, and rake in the cash. See also the Retail Guide.
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Baking's recipes are sure to induce some mouth watering and rumbling stomachs among players, just by looking at the food names
These values are provided by Nutella on our Forum, who is a big help in filling in such information on the guide. Values listed are for Excellent quality dishes when sold retail at 25% markup. Some price fluctuation is expected as you level from 1-10, even with Excellent quality. Impeccable quality from Outdoor Retreat gives the same value. Be advised, the Marketable Reward DOES boost the value of baked/cooked goods, meaning you can earn even more than is listed here. Even better is that cookies, brownies, doughnuts and fudge-bar type items can be decorated, which raises their value a further 50%.
|Level||Recipe Name||Cost||Retail Value||Ingredients|
|2||Cereal Marshmallow Squares||$2||$46|
|2||Fish Pie||$2||$54||Bass, Trout, Perch, or Salmon|
|3||Peanut Butter Cookies||$3||$64|
|3||Whole Wheat Loaf||$3||$69|
|3||Fruit Pie||$3||$64||Pear, Cherry, Strawberry, or Blackberry|
|4||Sweet Potato Pie||$4||$84||Potato|
|4||Everything Bagel||$4||$76||Onion, Sage, Basil|
|5||Spinach and Mushroom Quiche||$5||$90||Spinach, Mushroom|
|5||Spinach and Onion Quiche||$5||$90||Spinach, Onion|
|6||Exotic Fruit Pie||$8||$120||Any Exotic Fruit|
|6||Shepard's Pie||$8||$128||Carrot, Potato|
|7||Banana Cream Pie||$11||$209||Plantain|
|8||Rainbow Gelatin Cake||$15||$251||Apple, Grapes, or Pear and Blackberry, Cherry, or Strawberry|
|8||Artisan Herb Bread||$15||$300||Sage or Basil|
|8||Fruitcake||$15||$306||Cherry, Grapes, Pear, or Strawberry and Apple or Blackberry|
|9||Lemon Meringue Pie||$22||$370||Lemon|
|10||Lava Bundt Cake||$35||$582||Strawberry|
|10||Cowplant Essence Meringue Pie||$35||$541||Any Cowplant Essence. When consumed, it does not give you the moodlet the essence would have.|
Cupcake Factory Recipes
The Base Game's cupcake factory allows you to sell some foods made with it to the local bakery for profit
Note info above the previous table for info on pricing, and be sure to read about the retail section so that you understand how best to optimize your profits. A variety of new cupcake factory recipes unlock via Baking, but can also be discovered through the regular Homestyle Cooking Skill.
Most dishes made by the Cupcake Factory can also be sold to the local bakery store by clicking them, and this can produce a hefty profit. It's not as high as the retail sales value, but you don't have to manage a store. It's quick and easy money, though nowhere near what painting will get you.
|Level||Recipe Name||Cost||Retail Value||Ingredients|
|3||Fruit Tarts||$3||$61||Lemon, Apple, Cherry, or Strawberry|
|3||Fruit Muffins||$3||$68||Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry, or Apple|
|4||Mixed Fruit Tarts||$4||$76||Lemon, Apple, Cherry, or Strawberry and Any Exotic Fruit|
|4||Exotic Fruit Tarts||$4||$81||Any Exotic Fruit|
|5||Cream Filled Doughnuts||$5||$96|
|5||Jelly Filled Doughnuts||$5||$106||Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry, Apple, or Lemon|
|6||Fruit Scones||$8||$122||Apple, Pear, Lemon, or Blueberry|
|7||Soft Shell Crab Cake||$11||$208|
|9||Bacon Wrapped Doughnuts||$22||$438|
|9||Cereal Topped Doughnuts||$362|
|9||Voodoo Doll Doughnuts||$22||$410||Madame Zoe's Voodoo Doll|
|10||Alien Fruit Tarts||$35||$688||UFO (Unidentified Fruit Object)|
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