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31 Things That Will Make Baking So Much Easier

Easy as pie (except actually easy).

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1. Select a cookbook beginner bakers actually swear by.

If something goes wrong, the book will even tell you why and how to fix it.

Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (Kindle) and $12.07 (paperback).

2. Make "halfway homemade" recipes (like these peanut butter pretzel brownies) using cake mix.

Get the recipe here.

Check out "23 Lazy Girl Recipes That Make Cake Mix Taste Better" here.

3. Perfect your technique with a smart scale that tells you exactly how much of an ingredient to add.

You can choose from hundreds of recipes on the app or add your favorites.

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4. Use the right kitchen mixer for whatever dough or batter you're making.

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Get the classic KitchenAid mixer from Amazon for $271 and a KitchenAid hand mixer from Amazon for $36.92.

5. Keep an adjustable measuring cup so you don't have to go hunting for the 3/4 cup measure while your batter overmixes.

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6. Learn all the best ingredient substitutions for when you're out of that one key ingredient (looking at you, buttermilk).

All you need is regular milk and lemon juice or vinegar. Learn more here.

Check out "23 Brilliant Ingredient Swaps" here.

7. Supply your basic baking needs in one step with a nine-piece nesting set.

It includes measuring spoons, mixing bowls, sieves, and more.

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8. Keep your cupcakes and muffins uniform by using a batter scoop to fill the tin.

Keeping them uniform means you won't have some burnt cupcakes and some that are still batter-y.

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9. Or keep your counters mess-free by using a batter pen.

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10. Learn what your ingredients are actually doing so you can customize recipes to your taste.

Get all the info here.

11. Invest in some Silpat baking mats that will change your cookie game.

They're ~super~ nonstick and help your cookies bake more evenly.

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12. Cool enough cookies for the biggest of bake sales on a three-tier, collapsible rack.

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13. Impress your friends who like the edges best by baking brownies in a special pan.

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14. Use a beater with rubberized blades so you don't have to scrape down the bowl with a spatula after adding each ingredient.

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15. Try a one-step cake release instead of greasing and flouring to keep your baked goods stick-free.

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16. Get the feel for knowing when a cake is done — it'll spring back against you when lightly pressed.

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The edges will also juuust start to pull away from the pan.

Get the recipe for this perfect birthday cake here.

17. Wrap pans with reusable cake strips so your layers bake evenly.

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18. Bake in the nibble pan, which comes with a tasting cup so you can make sure your cake is delicious before you even serve it.

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19. Make your cakes perfectly even with a precise leveler.

Then you can snack on the domed top. You know, to "make sure it tastes good."

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20. If your cake turns out dry AF, turn it into a poke cake.

Get the recipe for this red velvet version here.

Check out 14 other poke cake recipes here.

21. Keep your pie crust edges from burning while the middle cooks with a baking shield.

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22. Use a strainer to remove burnt cake bits.

The fine mesh is delicate enough not to damage the cake. Check it out here.

23. And if your cookies are too brown, scrape the bottoms with a cheese grater.

24. Keep your oven at a regulated temperature by using a reliable thermometer.

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25. Make your confections look as good as they taste with a decorating tool you can use to frost, make designs, and even fill cupcakes.

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26. Use this chart to figure out what icing tips look like IRL.

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27. Make sure your eaters know every treat you make is homemade by using an embossed cookie stamp.

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28. Use a cupcake corer to inject a little extra flavor into your baked goods.

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29. Make healthy-ish desserts that actually taste good by substituting avocado for butter.

Get the recipe for these chocolate cupcakes here.

30. Dole out slices that look pretty by using an ingenious server that pushes the cake off for you.

"Look, ma! No hands!"

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31. And hang a print to pay homage to the show that started you off — The Great British Bake Off.

Featuring all the best almost-but-not-quite dirty quotes.

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