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22 Genius Baking Hacks That Will Make Dessert Even Better

Turn a crumpled cake into tasty cake pops!

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1. Turn over-baked cookies into a pie crust with a bit of butter.

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Use a food processor to grind the cookies into crumbs and add butter to make them sticky. Press the mixture into a pie pan with a rubber spatula. Stick it in the fridge to chill, then fill it with pudding to make an extra chocolatey pie!

2. To cut a cake evenly in two, mark the halfway point with toothpicks and smoothly slice through with unflavored dental floss.

No more wonky cake layers.
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No more wonky cake layers.

3. Mix a glob of icing into a crumpled cake to make cake pops.

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Add enough icing that the cake is moist and holds form. Use an ice cream scoop to make equally-sized balls and roll them in your hands until they're smooth. Dip the skewers in melted white chocolate before spearing the balls so they stay in place. Let them chill in the fridge before dipping them into white chocolate and decorating with sprinkles.

4. Cut a soda can to make your own cookie cutters.

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Use a knife to cut the top and bottom off of the can and mold it into your preferred shape. Works perfectly!

5. Hold cupcake liners in place with a mason jar lid so you can make cupcakes without having the extra pan on hand.

Perfect fit!
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Perfect fit!

6. Fold tin foil into a ridge to shorten a cake pan.

Tightly wrap the tin foil around three sides and then fold the fourth down. Line the foil with parchment paper before pouring the batter.
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Tightly wrap the tin foil around three sides and then fold the fourth down. Line the foil with parchment paper before pouring the batter.

7. Or make a ridge in the middle to make two cakes in one pan.

Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Yuuum.
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Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Yuuum.

8. Wrap a pan in a wet towel to bake a level cake.

Use a clothespin to hold the towel in place. This trick will also make sure the edges are nice and crisp and don't stick!
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Use a clothespin to hold the towel in place. This trick will also make sure the edges are nice and crisp and don't stick!

9. Poke holes in a paper plate and slide your beaters through so you can mix your batter without the splatter.

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Game. Changer.

10. Substitute a cup of oil with a cup of butter, applesauce, banana, avocado, or shortening.

Some of these options will even make your recipe healthier!
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Some of these options will even make your recipe healthier!

11. And substitute an egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce, 3 tbsp of peanut butter, or half a banana.

Yay for vegan cookies and cakes!
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Yay for vegan cookies and cakes!

12. Fold parchment paper into a triangle so you can easily cut it into the shape of your circle pan.

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First, cut a square the size of the pan. Fold it in half twice, fold the opposite corners together, and fold that triangle in half. Line the point up with the center and make a round cut where the wide side of the paper meets the lip of the pan.

13. Tape the corner of a plastic bag before cutting a small slit to make a piping bag.

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Cut a semi-circle off of the bag if you want to get a thicker stripe.

14. Nuke hard brown sugar under a damp paper towel for 20 seconds to restore its softness.

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Just like new!

15. Conceal a cracked cheesecake with a layer of sweetened sour cream and jam.

Mix sugar into the sour cream and then spread it all over the top of your cheesecake. Drop a few globs of jam on the sour cream and drag a skewer back and forth across the surface to mix the two together. Put the cheesecake back in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then let it chill in the fridge overnight. So pretty, and so delish.
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Mix sugar into the sour cream and then spread it all over the top of your cheesecake. Drop a few globs of jam on the sour cream and drag a skewer back and forth across the surface to mix the two together. Put the cheesecake back in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then let it chill in the fridge overnight. So pretty, and so delish.

16. Layer wimpy cupcakes and frosting to make funky cupcake jars.

Under-cooked cupcakes can be...underwhelming. Stick a cupcake at the bottom of the jar and then add a layer of frosting and sprinkles. Keep stacking until you've filled the jar.
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Under-cooked cupcakes can be...underwhelming. Stick a cupcake at the bottom of the jar and then add a layer of frosting and sprinkles. Keep stacking until you've filled the jar.

17. Use a soup can to transform an ordinary cake pan into a bundt pan.

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Weigh the can down with uncooked rice, pour the cake batter around it, and bake.

18. Bake marshmallows on top of your cupcakes so you get fluffy frosting without breaking out the piping bags.

Bake at 350F for six minutes so the marshmallows brown, but don't burn.
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Bake at 350F for six minutes so the marshmallows brown, but don't burn.

19. Cover a pan in cocoa powder to keep chocolate batter from sticking.

Flour may leave a white film on a dark cake — plus, the cocoa powder will add just a dash of extra flavor!
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Flour may leave a white film on a dark cake — plus, the cocoa powder will add just a dash of extra flavor!

20. Finely blend white sugar to turn it into powder.

It's the same thing, just a different consistency!
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It's the same thing, just a different consistency!

21. Mix three cups of flour, a teaspoon of salt, 3/4 teaspoon of instant yeast, and 1.5 cups of water to make a no-knead dough.

Cover the mixture and let it sit at room temperature overnight. Then, shape it into a ball, and score the top. Wrap the dough in parchment paper, stick it in a preheated dutch oven, and bake it for 30 minutes. If you're leaving the dough uncovered, only leave it in the oven for 15 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
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Cover the mixture and let it sit at room temperature overnight. Then, shape it into a ball, and score the top. Wrap the dough in parchment paper, stick it in a preheated dutch oven, and bake it for 30 minutes. If you're leaving the dough uncovered, only leave it in the oven for 15 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.

22. And upgrade an ordinary boxed cake mix with two tablespoons of mayonnaise.

It'll be extra moist!
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It'll be extra moist!

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