You could obviously just ask the guy why he baked you a cake, but that would make things awkward. When someone does something nice for you, you don’t want to imply that there is an ulterior motive or another reason why he might be trying to make you happy. You think that he might like you, but you are not sure yet. What does the cake, muffins or baked goods actually mean?
In most cases, baking for you is a sign that he likes you. Think about the time and effort it must have taken to do this. Most baking projects will take at least an hour to do. He had to think ahead to buy the groceries and consider what type of baked goods you would like. Then, he had to spend time to actually bake it, wait for it to cool and bring it to you. Why would he do that if he is just a friend?
The even better news is that he genuinely must like you. If he just wanted to sleep with you, he could still buy you presents to woo your heart. It only takes a minute to buy flowers or chocolate though. To invest so much time into making you a thoughtful present, he must genuinely like you and want to make you happy. Otherwise, he could have picked an easier, less time-consuming gift.
Of course, there are a few occasions where baking you something does not mean that he likes you. If he just loves to cook, he may be just enjoying his hobby. When you love baking or cooking, you naturally want someone to share your passion with. You could bake for yourself, but you don’t get the rewarding feeling that comes from watching everyone else eat. Plus, it is fairly difficult to eat an entire cake to yourself. If you don’t want your cake to go to waste, you find someone to share it with. If he just loves to cook and bake, then your sudden gift might not mean anything.
Another possible reason why he might bake for you as a friend is if you have been feeling down. If you have been going through a difficult time or had an extremely bad day, then he might have baked for you just to cheer you up. In this case, baking does not mean that he likes you. It just means that he wants to cheer you up.
Did you mention that you liked a particular muffin or cake? Is that what he baked? While it is still entirely possible that he likes you, he may have baked for you just to make you happy and to see you smile. It obviously shows a lot of thought and care that he made you something that you mentioned that you liked. He is either a really good, true friend or he is interested in you. Either way, you have found a keeper. You either have the world’s best friend or someone with amazing boyfriend potential.
Also, you have to consider if you are the only one that he is baking for before you can determine what it means. If he regularly bakes cookies for all of his family and friends at Christmas time, then he is probably just being a friend. Likewise, if he normally gives people gifts of baked goods on their birthday, then it might just be another sign of friendship. If you are the only person he baked for and there is no special holiday involved, then there is an excellent chance that he likes you.
What Should You Do?
You are the best person to decide if this is a sign of a crush or not. While there are occasionally reasons why a guy might bake for you as just a friend, it is generally a sign that he likes you. Baking takes time and thoughtfulness. Very, very few guys will bake for someone that they are not interested in. In the majority of cases, when a guy bakes for you, it is a sign that he is interested in you.
Now, your first step is to decide how you feel. Do you like him back? If you are interested in him, try testing the waters. Flirt with him a bit and see how he responds. Or, ask him on a friend date like out to coffee or lunch. It is casual enough that you can always say that you are just hanging out as friends if it turns out that he is not interested. And if he likes you, he will probably assume or hope that it is a real date. You could also try baking or cooking something for him! It is an easy way to return the favor, and it means that you can make a move without really making a move.