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28 Baking Hacks That Every Kitchen Wizard Should Know About

How to rescue burned cake, separate yolks in a snap, and more.

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1. If you don't have time to frost your cupcakes, sprinkle some powdered sugar through a piece of lace for a v chic finish:

Here are all the details on making lace-stenciled cupcakes.
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Here are all the details on making lace-stenciled cupcakes.

2. And this is a super-simple trick to prevent your mixer from getting batter EVERYWHERE:

3. Forgot to pick up the powdered sugar at the store? No problem — just mix some normal sugar in the mixer for 10 minutes.

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4. Before sticking it in the oven, drop your cake pan (with the batter inside) from about 1 foot above a table. This will reduce the number of air bubbles trapped in the dough.

You can find more basic baking tips and tricks here.

5. To prevent your cake drying out before you get a chance to ice it, put a slice of bread on top of it:

You can also do this to keep muffins and cupcakes from going stale, too.
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You can also do this to keep muffins and cupcakes from going stale, too.

6. Your whipped cream will be fluffier if you whip it in a chilled bowl:

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7. And you should cut butter up into small cubes so that it can be kneaded into flour more easily:

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8. Use cooking spray to grease muffin tins — and do it inside an open dishwasher to minimize the mess:

More tips on how to use cooking spray wisely here.
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More tips on how to use cooking spray wisely here.

9. Plus, did you know you can save burned breads and cakes with a vegetable or cheese grater?

Get the full down-low on how to rescue burned food here.
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Get the full down-low on how to rescue burned food here.

10. If you're low on counter space, set up an ironing board like this:

Here's the exact explanation.
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Here's the exact explanation.

11. Biscuits and cookies stay moist if you store them with a piece of apple.

You can find more baking hacks like this here.

12. If your brown sugar is all dried out, put it in a bowl with a wet paper towel on top and microwave it for 20 seconds:

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13. And to keep sugar from drying out in the first place, you can store it with a piece of bread:

You can find the full explanation for keeping your brown sugar soft here.
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You can find the full explanation for keeping your brown sugar soft here.

14. But also apples work as well:

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15. An empty plastic bottle makes separating yolks super easy:

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16. And eggshells are most easily removed with your hands (not a spoon!).

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17. Want to know if those eggs are still good? Put it in a glass of water. If they float or "stand" up, it's an older egg that has more air inside:

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18. Plus, you can use thread to cut a cake into two perfect layers without squashing it:

19. Thread also works well with dough:

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20. Your oven might be lying to you! Most ovens are not well calibrated when it comes to temperature, so get yourself an oven thermometer:

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21. Pro tip: Dough rises faster if you let it rise on a heating pad.

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22. Depending on the recipe, you can usually replace butter with avocado to make things a little healthier:

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23. And you already know to use ice cream scoops for cookie dough, right?

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24. Photogenic and helpful: Stick birthday candles into pieces of fruit to prevent wax dripping on to the cake.

More on fruit candles here.

25. Or get rid of candles altogether and use a cookie cutter and sprinkles to do the trick:

Get a birthday cake recipe and related hacks here.

26. When using a mixer, rotate the bowl, not the actual mixer!

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27. And if you have to fit wax or parchment paper into a circular pan, here's a way to use #geometry to get it to fit perfectly:

28. And finally, add a little salt to your cookie dough to make them twice as tasty:

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This post was translated from German.

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