12 Cake Baking Hacks To Help You Make The Most Delicious Desserts
I won’t try to sugar coat it (pun intended) – I am not a great baker. I can cook quite well if I do say so myself, but when it comes to baking, I’m kind of hopeless. But, that doesn’t stop me from trying to whip up the odd batch of cookies or cake from time to time. So, I decided to compile a list of great cake baking hacks that will be useful to both baking newbies and seasoned bakers alike. You’re welcome!
1. Slice Precisely
The best way to evenly slice a cake without deflating the middle? Use a piece of non-flavored dental floss! It’s one of the best insider baker secrets around.
2. Cake Pops
If your cake recipe doesn’t turn out as planned and you end up with dry, crumbly cake, never fear – mix a tiny bit of butter and some icing into the crumbly cake, then make cake pops! Dip in glaze after forming into balls to seal in the cake.
3. Cake Pan Hack
Want to mix two types of cake in one pan, like chocolate and vanilla? Use tinfoil to create a barrier between the two batters. When the cake is cooked, remove the foil and you’ll have your half-and-half cake.
4. Stop The Splatter
To stop your batter from spraying everywhere when using a hand mixer, poke two holes in a paper plate and stick the mixing wands through. Voila – mess-free mixing!
5. Butter Substitute
I think we can all agree that butter is a miraculous ingredient, especially in cake. But if you run out of butter, you can substitute mashed banana, avocado, or even applesauce.
6. Lining Hack
Lining a circular baking pan with parchment paper is no easy feat. A trick? Fold and cut the parchment paper into a triangle – when you unfold it, it will fit the pan perfectly.
7. DIY Bundt Pan
Don’t own a bundt pan but want to make a bundt cake? Plop a soup can into the middle of a circular cake pan (be sure to remove the label and contents first). You can fill the can with uncooked rice to weigh it down before pouring in the batter and baking.
8. Chocolate Cake Hack
This hack is genius! To prevent a chocolate cake from sticking to the bottom of your cake pan, dust the bottom of the pan in cocoa powder. Absolutely brilliant!
9. DIY Powdered Sugar
Want to decorate your cake with a light dusting of powdered sugar, but don’t have any? Pour some regular white sugar into a food processor or blender, and you’ll end up with powdered sugar!
10. Pie Crust Hack
Another great hack for some over-baked cake or dry cookies is to crumble it up, add a bit of melted butter, mix, and press into a pie pan for baking delicious pies or puddings!
11. Quick Piping Bag
You don’t need a full cupboard of baking supplies in order to ice a cake nicely! Pour some icing into a plastic bag, push it towards one of the bag’s corners, and cut a small slit in the corner of the bag. You now have a quick and easy piping bag!
12. Fix Cracked Cheesecake
If the top of your cheesecake cracks, not to worry! Simply toss on a dollop of whipped cream and your favorite jam, swirl it around, and the crack will be hidden!
Hopefully these simple yet very effective hacks will help make your cake baking easier, and your cake eating more enjoyable. Happy baking, everyone!