20 Baking Tricks That Will Make You A Cake Boss In No Time
So you’ve kind of mastered the basics of cooking? You can make eggs for breakfast now and sometimes, on a Friday, it’s spaghetti night. Good! Now on to baking: don’t worry, here’s a few hacks that’ll make you a baking champion in no time.
1. If you’re afraid that your freshly baked cookies are going to dry out, store them along with an apple wedge. They’ll absorb the moisture of the apple.
2. Fresh out of rolling pins? No problem, you can just use a bottle of wine.
Wine. Is there anything it can’t do?
3. Parchment paper makes for great makeshift cupcake liners.
4. For more precision with your icing, just poor it into a syringe and look like a total professional.
5. For an extra delicious kick, add a tiny bit of coarse sea salt on the top of your chocolate chip cookies. Trust us.
6. Sugar is way better when it comes in funky colors. Learn how to make your own sugar sprinkles here.
7. Brown sugar can be tricky. If it’s rock hard and you’d like for it to return to its natural sugary state, just cover it with a wet paper towel and pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
8. It’s easier than you think to remove tiny pieces of eggshell from your bowl. Just wet your finger and place it next to the shell. Easy as pie.
9. Double swirl on top of your cupcakes? Damn, that looks good. It’s easy to do as well, by putting two bags into one tip.
10. Nothing’s worse than a banana that isn’t ripe. Placing bananas in the oven for 40 minutes on 300 degrees should make them ripe in no time.
11. To keep your freshly baked, unfrosted cake nice and moist, place a slice of bread on top of it.
12. Bread does wonders for baking. It also keeps your brown sugar from turning into a brick.
13. Make everyone jealous with your DIY sprinkles.
14. Who says there’s no such thing as a healthy cake? If you swap butter for avocado, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy tasty treat.
15. Making icing is such a drag, so why not just put a marshmallow on top of your cupcakes and let the icing make itself.
16. If filling up a frosting bag is a messy challenge each time, try putting the bag into a cup.
17. If you don’t have all the equipment, like a cupcake tin for example, there is no reason to panic. Just place the wrappers in mason jar lids, it’ll work just as well.
18. Making an icing bag is a piece of cake as well. You could just use a Ziploc bag or plastic wrap and voila.
19. Haven’t mastered the cookie baking thing yet and still burning some of them? That’s all good, just grate off the burnt part, no one ever has to know.
20. Tale as old as time, you want to make a tart but have no tart-specific pan. Worry no longer! Make one yourself.