We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of baking a cake and you run out of a key ingredient. You’re mixing ingredients and end up with more on you and on your counter than in the mixing bowl. Baking can be a headache, but it really doesn’t have to be. To ease your baking-induced stress, you can turn to these backing hacks .
1. Want A Flawless Cake? Measure Your Flour Properly.
2. Prevent The Whisker Splatter Blues With A Paper Plate.
3. Struggling To Decorate That Cake? Grab A Cookie Cutter.
Place the decorative cookie cutter gently on top of the frosted cake. Fill the cookie cutter with enough sprinkles to cover the icing on the cake, gently pressing them in to prevent spilling when the cookie cutter is removed. The result? A perfectly shaped sprinkle decoration on your cake. Check it out here.
4. Print This Common Measurement Cheat Sheet For A Quick Reference.
Whether you’re doubling a recipe or simply like conversions, this cheat sheet is handy to have when baking. Find it here.
5. Broken Whisker? Grab A Mason Jar And Whip That Cream.
Mason jars have been taking over the Pinterest world – and for good reason. If you can’t find your whisk, pour your cream in a mason jar and shake away. Found here.
6. Tired Of Post-Brownie Pan Clean Up? Reach For The Parchment Paper.
7. So You Dropped An Eggshell Into Your Dish…
Wet your finger and place it near the shell. It will gravitate towards your finger, making it easier to remove it. If you can’t find them, don’t fret. Eggshells sink when baked, so finding them after will be a breeze.
8. You Can Also Use The Half Empty Shell.
9. Out Of Brown Sugar? Use White Sugar And Molasses.
Brown sugar is essentially white sugar before the molasses is removed through processing. Follow the recipe here when you’re in a pinch.
10. Or Refer To This Handy Substitutions List.
Pull up this image whenever you’ve realize too late in the baking game that you’re out of something. Found here.
11. Test Your Baking Soda Before Baking.
12. Keep Baking, Even When You’ve Run Out Of Muffin Tins.
13. No Frosting? Use Powdered Sugar And Lace.
Find the full instructions here to have beautiful masterpieces in mere minutes.
14. Keep Your Cookies Moist Longer.
15. Make Frosting Any Color With This Color Chart.
A basic box of primary colors is all you’ll need to achieve these beautiful results. More colors can be found here.
16. Or Use Jell-O!
Add a bit to frosting to your favorite Jell-O color or follow this recipe. Added flavor and fun colors?! A must try.
17. Use A Wine Bottle As A Rolling Pin.
18. Quickly Bring Your Eggs To Room Temperature.
Did you forget to leave your eggs sitting for an hour before baking? Of course you did – everyone does. Don’t fret. Simply fill a bowl with luke-warm water and place your eggs in. Let them sit for 10-30 minutes to achieve room-temp eggs.
19. Working With Something Sticky? Wet Your Hands.
20. Use Saran Wrap To Make Your Decorating Bags Last Longer.
Wrap your icing like a tootsie roll in the saran wrap and then place it in your decorating bag. Pull one twisted side through the decorating bag and cut off the twisted part. Add the decorating tip to the bag and frost away. Follow the step-by-step instructions here.
21. Make A Box Cake Tastes Homemade.
22. Rid Yourself Of Pesky Air Pockets In Your Cake.
After you’ve filled your cake pan with batter and before you place it in the oven, drop it onto the counter a few times. This will release the bubbles, helping the cake to bake more evenly in the oven. And it’s not a bad stress-reliever, when you’ve got an apron covered in flour and streaks of batter lining your creased forehead.
23. Keep Your Brown Sugar Soft.
24. No Butter? Reach For An Avocado.
25. Cool Down Whipping Cream Or Meringues With Freezer Pops.
26. Prevent Sticky Ingredients From Sticking Around The Measuring Cup.
27. Want The Perfect Pie Crust?
28. Get Professional Cake Decorations Using Wax Paper.
Cut a piece of wax paper the size of your cake. Decorate the wax paper as you would the cake (mistakes are easily wiped away) and then freeze. When it comes time to decorate the cake, all you will have to do is gently peel the frozen letters off of the paper and place them onto the cake.
29. Tired Of Crumbling Cookies?
Let your cookie rest on the sheet pan for 20 – 30 seconds before moving them to a cooling rack. Leaving them sit for that brief time allows the heat to escape and helps prevent your cookies from crumbling.
30. No Frosting Pipette? Grab A Syringe.
31. Or A Sandwich Baggie.
32. Use Tinfoil To Create A Smaller Baking Dish.
Follow the instructions here to create a smaller baking pan using tinfoil.
33. Get Even Cookies By Wrapping, Rolling, And Slicing.
Roll your cookie dough onto a sheet of parchment and then carefully roll it into a log. Refrigerate the dough until it’s firm. Once it’s firm, cut the dough crosswise into even sections, place on a tray and bake.
34. Turn Gluten-Free Oats Into Flour.
35. Experiment With Cake Textures.
36. Soften Brown Sugar In Seconds.
37. Check Your Eggs’ Freshness With Water.
38. Create Cake Layers With Dental Floss… Seriously!
Need to cut your cake in half to create two cake layers? Wrap dental floss around the middle of the cake, pulling each end out and away from it, then move the floss slightly from side to side. Just, maybe think about skipping the mint-flavored variety. Illustrated instructions can be found here.
39. Give Your Frosted Cake A Glossy Finish.
40. Cut The Cake Fat… Use Applesauce.
Featured photo credit: birthday cupcake!/Ginny via flickr.com
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