Picture this: You are in the middle of baking a cake and you run out of a key ingredient, or you are mixing ingredients and end up with more 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.
- Measure flour properly for a flawless cake
Spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, then scrape the excess off with a knife. Scooping from a bag makes the flour compressed, giving you more flour than your recipe calls for.
- Test your eggs before baking
Place an egg in a bowl of water. If it sinks, it’s fresh; if it floats, it’s not. If it stands on one end, it’s best to use it soon.
- Remove eggshells with a finger
To get eggshells out of your mix, simply wet your finger, then place it near the broken bit. The shard will instantly gravitate to your finger.
- Ripen bananas for baking
What do you do if you are ready to make banana bread, but your bananas aren’t? Easy: Put the unripe bananas in a foil-lined pan and roast them in an oven until they’re dark brown.
- Test your baking soda before baking
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of hot water. If it doesn’t bubble, it’s time to throw it away.
- Substitute piping bags with cellophane bags
You may not always have piping bags on hand when it’s time to decorate your cake. Simply use a cellophane bag instead; make a small hole in it and attach it to your nuzzle.
- Give your frosted cake a glossy finish
Before serving, use a hair-dryer on medium heat on the cake until the frosting starts to melt. The melting frosting then solidifies leaving you with a beautifully glossed cake.
- Keep cakes moist with a slice of bread
It might sound ridiculous but placing a slice of bread on top of your cake or cupcakes will cause them to absorb moisture from the bread and keep fresh.
- Swap butter for avocado in cakes to make them healthier
Avocados are a great way to lower calories in baked goods when substituted for butter. When you bake, substitute half the amount of butter in your recipe for mashed avocado.
- Use a wine bottle as a rolling pin
Now, those old wine bottles can come in handy! If you don’t have access to a rolling pin, clean an empty wine bottle thoroughly and use it to roll your dough.
Now you have no excuse to not bake a storm this weekend. Check out some of our previous blog posts for great and simple recipes for various baked goodies.
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