For the past several years, bake Magazine has recapped the year in baking with our top ten stories. However, this year was bigger than previous ones, demanding a larger list. With COVID restrictions continuing to be relaxed, the baking world came back in a big way in 2022.

The culmination of this exciting year was the largest baking industry event in the Western Hemisphere, the International Baking Industry Exposition. Taking place in Las Vegas from September 17-21, IBIE 2022 welcomed the industry and close to 20,000 professionals after a three-year hiatus from events. Over the four-day expo, attendees flooded the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, looking for the latest equipment, ingredient and supply solutions from more than 800 industry suppliers.

“IBIE 2022 has exceeded all expectations,” said Dennis Gunnel, IBIE chairman. “The Baking Expo has a long history of championing innovation aimed at the changing needs of our bakers—from the advancements on the show floor and IBIEducate presentations to the high-quality buyers walking the aisles. During a time when trade events are getting a fraction of their pre-pandemic participation, our industry showed up.”

2022 also saw an important milestone for our parent company, Sosland Publishing. In March, the business celebrated 100 years since it was established in 1922. To mark a century of delivering indispensable information across the food industry, the company released a series of special feature articles through its brands’ magazines and websites as well as a book highlighting the company’s journey covering the food industry. In addition, Sosland Publishing hosted a successful centennial celebration during IBIE 2022.

With that in mind, we highlight the topics our readers found noteworthy in the past year. The following are our top 15 stories for 2022.

Inspirations from IBIE

A variety of IBIE sessions tackled the important business topics of planning for growth and secrets to boosting your bakery's profitability.

Taylor Swift chai cookie recipe goes viral ahead of album release

As fans across the globe eagerly anticipated the singer's latest album, Midnights, which debuted on October 21, they found a delicious way to celebrate.

Sprinkles provides a taste of the future

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The bakery chain is pushing the industry forward with continuous innovation.

IBIE showcases the artistry of cake

The best and brightest trends were on full display during the International Baking Industry Exposition in Las Vegas.

Sosland Publishing 100 Years: The story of bake magazine

On March 7, Sosland Publishing Co., the parent company of bake, celebrated 100 years since the business was established in 1922.

Spring cake trends for 2022

As far as cake decorating, you could expect to see bold, bright cakes with rich hues, alternate textures and metallic colors.

Donuts are back

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Get ready for an explosion of shopper demand for donuts and smaller sweet treats that are perfect for snacking and family gatherings.

St. Pierre’s Paul Baker shares valuable insights for the road ahead

The company's founder sees a bright future thanks to its ongoing innovations.

Paris Baguette brings the neighborhood cafe to the nation

The bakery-cafe chain is establishing community with its brand redesign.

Cake artist Molly Robbins promises to dazzle the crowds at IBIE

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Robbins demonstrated her extraordinary cake decorating skills at this year's International Baking Industry Exposition.

Technology answers the call for the baking industry

With a serious labor shortage gripping the retail bakery industry, bakery equipment and new technologies have become more important than ever to sustain growth and profitability in a challenging environment.

Cookies are coming to the forefront

Leading brands are driving demand for cookies through innovation.

Coinneach MacLeod brings Scottish flair to the bakery scene ahead of IBIE

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Also known as The Hebridean Baker, MacLeod has millions of followers on TikTok for his take on Scottish recipes and a look at Hebridean culture.

Cannabis baking workshop infuses knowledge

The Retail Bakers of America (RBA) teamed up with Denver cannabis bakery Love's Oven for an innovative experience in May.

Crumbl Cookies introduces Almost Everything Bagel cookie

After releasing more than 200 sweet cookies over the last five years, the chain introduced its first savory cookie to the lineup.