I love me some sweets, but the part that always gets me is how long it takes to bake anything! If your sweet tooth is as ravenous as mine, then you need to check out these baking tips and hacks to get your sugary goodness pronto!
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Simple baking hacks
Take the math out of baking
Getting the right measurements are key to perfect baked goods. Download this free baking conversion chart to know exactly how much of each ingredient you need. (via I Heart Naptime)
Make perfect layers of cake
Wish your cake would bake more evenly? Then try this simple trick. Before you stick your cake batter in the oven, drop it a few times on your counter to release bubbles to get that even cake you’re looking for.
Another trick you have up your sleeve (literally!) is cutting an old t-shirt into a strip. Before you put that cake in the oven, moisten the cloth and wrap it around your cake pan. This helps your cake pan to cool more evenly on the outside, which leads to perfectly flat layers of cake. (via The Pancake Princess)
Forget about the muffin tin
Don’t have a muffin tin? No worries. You can still bake cupcakes with mason jar lids on a baking sheet to help cupcakes keep their shape.
Or if you’re out of liners, make your own with parchment paper. (via Food Hacks)
Easy clean up
Wash less dishes
Whisk wet ingredients directly in your measuring cup for one less bowl to have to wash. (via Shutter Bean)
Prevent your kitchen from looking like a landmine
Prevent whisk splatter from your electric mixer with a paper plate. Genius! (via Pin source)
Keep grease off floors
Spray baking pans over your dishwasher. That way, you can easily wash away the mess with the next cycle, instead of dirtying your floor or countertops.
Find a clean way to reuse disposables
Disposable frosting bags can add up if you chuck them after a single use. Here’s a nifty way to save those bags without having to deal with huge clean up. Put frosting in saran wrap and twist ends like a Tootsie roll to put within your frosting bag.
That way, when you’re done, you can just take the saran wrap out and you’re left with a clean bag to use again for your next frosting escapade. (via The Farm Girl Recipes)
Use this easy technique to create an intricate design
Here’s an easy way to get a delicate design on cupcakes. Lay lace atop your dessert and sprinkle powdered sugar to create an intricate decorative design that’s almost too pretty to eat. (via Sweet Verbana)
Get your design perfect every single time
Instead of piping your design directly onto your cake, do it on wax paper and refrigerate for 10 minutes. That way, you can peel it off and place on your cake without having to worry about making mistakes. (via Sweet Dreams Cake App)
Try this stealth method to space out your design
Or if that sounds like too much of a hassle still, then try outlining your design with toothpicks first. This makes piping so much easier! (via Coco Cakeland)
Use this common kitchen tool to add a 3d layer
Chocolate shavings got your fancy? Just use a vegetable peeler to make your own.
Another clever use of a vegetable peeler? To shave off burnt parts of your cake! (via Good Housekeeping)
Get multi-toned in one go
Or how about swirls? Use separate decorating bags for each color and stick them all into a single decorating bag to pipe them out at the same time. The key is to make sure your total frosting is less than a bag’s worth (so if you do two colors, each bag holds less than half) and that the frostings are the same consistency (so they come out more evenly). (via Our Best Bites)
Give life to your desserts
Store cookies with an apple slice or orange peel to help cookie retain moisture, keeping them softer for longer.
Embrace cake mix
If you have a dried out cake, poke holes at the top and pour warm pudding over it Refrigerate and voila, cake remoistened!
Prefer a fluffier and spongier cake? Just add ½ cup of angel fools cake mix with 1 tablespoon of water to any cake mix for an airier treat.
One more egg and butter or vegetable oil makes cake from box taste homemade.
Or add ½ cup fo oil and 2 eggs to turn cake mix into cookie dough. (via Kids Activities Blog)
Use these baking tips and hacks to spend less time and stress on making your desserts so you have more time to enjoy your sweet treats!