Baking is often consider to be much more of an exact science than other cooking methods. For the most part, this is true. However, it does not mean that you cannot jazz up your baked goods in order to make them more exciting.
In order to get the right texture, the exact measurements of ingredients such as flour, butter, baking soda, banking powder, salt, and oil should be used. Where you can go off the beaten path is to substitute other ingredients. For example, regular raisins can be swapped out for golden raisins.
Another option is to take a basic sweet treat, and decorate it in a way that makes it stand out. A standard chocolate chip cookie will no longer be just that if you dip half of it in melted chocolate and then into nuts. For cakes, consider an icing that is not the standard pairing. For example, a peanut butter icing on a yellow cake may not be expected, but actually tastes great.
Making exciting treats can easily be done with just a little imagination. There truly is more wiggle room in the baking world than some individuals realize. Try experimenting with your baking, you may just develop the next great dessert recipe!