Joy the Baker

Meet Joy

The Girl. The Baker. No Biggie


About The Baker

I’m Joy. I’m a baker. Had you guessed as much?

I’m a self taught/ family taught/ taste buds taught baker, turned professional baker, turned food photographer and cookbook author.

I grew up in the kitchen in between my father, who makes a mean Sweet Potato Pie, and my mother, who makes a really weird purple hot dog casserole… don’t ask.  Between my kitchen loving parents, the clinking cake pans, and the flying flour, it became clear that baking is in my blood.

I live in New Orleans, Louisiana… deep in the French Quarter.  That’s where I do a majority of my living, working, eating, cocktailing and related horsing around.

About The Blog

Joy the Baker was created in January 2008 out of my downright obsession with brownies and cake.  On Joy the Baker you’ll find sweet and savory seasonal recipes, a few cocktail recipes, and a sprinkling of the books I read, and the lipstick that I happen to be into.  Food and life… and more food.

I can also be found around the Internet with features and collaborations on Refinery 29, The Kitchn, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Buzzfeed.

Joy the Baker was named Best Baking Blog by Saveur Magazine and one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by The London Times.

Contact Me

Contact me at:   joy (at) joy the baker (dot) com

For press inquiries, contact Daniel Ryan Kinney at:

For publicity inquiries, contact Erika J. Martineau Public Relation at:

I try very hard to respond to each email I receive.  Please forgive me if, for some reason, I am unable to get back to you.  I like you… I just need more hours in the day.

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The Books

The Joy the Baker Cookbook is my first cookbook!  It’s a celebration of butter and sugar, published by Hyperion, 2012. The Joy the Baker Cookbook Book Tour was incredible!  Read more about it here.

Two more cookbooks will soon follow, published by Clarkson Potter.

Look for my second cookbook, Homemade Decadence, in October 2014. (More information soon, I promise!!)

I am currently working on my third cookbook.

The Show

Bonkers Awesome is a 14 episode web series I produced with my partners Michael Friedman and Hilton Carter for the online Scripps Network  In the series I visit my favorite bakery, meet my favorite food photographer, travel to New York City to make candy apples, and learn how to make couture chocolate with a master chocolatier.  It’s always an adventure with lots of laughs (and just a few awkward moments).

One of my favorite episodes was on the ranch with The Pioneer Woman.  We made Mac and Cheese… it was perfect.

We worked so hard to make this show for you and we sooo appreciate that you’re watching!  Thank you!

The Videos

I love to collaborate with brands that I LOVE to create creative custom video content and great recipes.  Our latest video for Canon features the stop motion making of an easy Peppermint Yule Log Cake!

Check out Nordstrom’s Double Crusted Cherry Pie and Ghirardelli’s Happy Hour Hot Fudge Milkshake!

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The Podcast 

I’m also co-founder of

Homefries is a destination for fun, high-quality podcasts, covering food and wine, parenting and simple living, and entertaining.

Homefries is home to The Joy the Baker Podcast as well as, The Art of SimplePodcast, and The Table Set.

My partner Michael and I work hard every week to create new podcasts… the kind of podcasts that we would want to listen to.

It’s like easy listening… without the terrible saxophones.

We made a video too!  It’ll answer all the questions about who we are, what we do, and why we want to talk at you.

Thank You

Thank you for being here, visiting my site, baking cookies, and sharing your stories and pictures.  YOU are why I keep this site up and running.  You inspire me every day and I love that we can come here and bake together.  Love you.  I mean it.

Joy the Baker


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  • Hello from Greece!
    Your site is really delicious and Joy-ful! Only came across it yesterday and love to explore it!

  • Brandilynn Pensiero September 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I am 38 and trying to learn to bake, cook, etc. I have a very excited 9 yr old daughter who thinks I should teach her. :) So it looks like I might have to study your website.

  • Hi Joy,

    Love, love, love your site! The simple lines. Rich recipes. Gorgeous photos! And it is so cool that you did a rooftop cupcake lunch party in LA. Wish I had been there.

    Cheers to you!

  • I stumbled upon your Web site, and I just can’t get enough….What an inspiration you are. I started a blog back in 2008, but failed badly. I have now taken a different appoach and seem to be doing better. I love your blog, your foods (recipes), and your approach. I’m glad I found you, and I am now a true follower, but live on the other side of the U.S.

  • Hi!
    I just wanted to say, i love this blog. I recently stumbled upon another food blogsite that also gave a link to yours in their blogroll. As a teenager with a passion for baking, your witty sense of humor and awesome pictures made me stay on your site for over an hour! Thanks for being real with your readers. Keep bloggin and I’ll keep reading :)

  • I work for a school that is following the dietary guidelines for the state.. Last year we make muffins out of a box , this year our dietician would like us to make muffins from scratch…
    using wholegrain flour, NO SALT, NO BAKING SODA .. dry ingrendient include whole wheat flour, 5 tablespoons baking powder, 5 cups of sugar.. then the wet ingrendient.. I know this is wrong this is to make 48 4oz. muffins … Last year we sold alot the kids loved them .. I do not want to start the school year off with a yucky muffin… HELP she want no salt very little sugar and wholegrain

  • Hello!!!
    Well, just like you, I’m an English major in college.. and I discovered my passion for cooking while testing recipes with my mom and singing in our kitchen.
    I still don’t know what I love more…English (since I’m a Brazilian) or cooking lol but it’s been nice trying to figure it out. But I’m quite sure one of these days I’ll have my own bakery and wil live the dream of cooking for the rest of my life lol
    Just looove your blog. It’s mouth-watering all the time! You are doing a great job.
    A quick hi from Rio de Janeiro – Brazil xxxxx

  • I’ve always loved baking ever since I was little and just recently took it up again, more than ever. I was looking for brownie recipes today and came across your blog. I immediately fell in LOVE and can not wait to try some (if not all) of your recipes. You are an inspiration. If I am ever on the west coast I’d love to take one of your classes. Keep baking! Dessert makes the world a better and happier place :)

  • Dear Joy,

    Up til now I’ve concentrated only on cooking. I’ve recently had an urge to do some baking but am having a hard time getting started. I must add that I don’t want to bake professionally yet but maybe someday. What I’m asking is how did you teach yourself?



  • Dear Joy,
    Figfest fast approcheth! Here on the east coast it is nigh time for all things figgy. Please slap down some fabulous fig recipes (both savory and sweet) so that I may impress my friend who is about to harvest a heapin’ helpin’ o’ the most perfect fruit ever.

  • Oh my gosh! I love baking, I love pictures, I love love your site! Just found it:) Excited that I did!

  • all food very good

  • Joy,

    You are an absolute inspiration to me! I want to bake. I want to bring sugar filled, sensational creations (that make your taste buds dance) to the masses. You make me realize I can. And when/where are these baking classes? Thank you for sharing your wonderful world! God Bless!

  • Joy,

    I love reading your blog. First of all, you are hilarious. My thought process is usually quite similar… especially your thoughts on peanut butter and chocolate. Secondly, your recipes are so fun and delicious. I just wanted to let you know that I tried making the “Best Chocolate Bunt Cake Ever.” You were completely right. Best. Ever. So, thank you!


  • you make me wanna bake.
    i thank you for that.
    and i adore you for that.

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