Baking tips

Instead of adding water, add coffee.

Hey, guys! If your chocolate cake calls for some water, try replacing it with coffee instead

Use the right measuring cups for the ingredient required

Make sure to use a liquid measuring cup for all your liquid ingredients and dry measuring cups for all your dry ingredients. I see bakers often using dry measuring cups for their liquid ingredients and I can tell you from testing and experience that this is one of the major reasons why recipes tend to fail. A liquid measuring cup does not allow you to fill and sweep your dry ingredients correctly. This introduces too much of the dry ingredient to the recipe. If that dry ingredient happens to be coconut flour, even a tablespoon extra is too much and will significantly impact the final moisture level. Conversely, the dry measuring cups are exacting to the very brim but make it difficult to fill to the top without spilling. This usually leads to lower liquid ingredients being introduced to the recipe.

Keep all your chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom by coating them in flour first.

If you are baking with chocolate chips, you may notice that they all seem to sink to the bottom. Well, to keep them from sinking, you can coat them in flour first. This hack also works for chopped up nuts and other baking add-ins. (via Cake Whiz)

Use marshmallows as an easy icing alternative.

Icing can be a bit of a hassle to make and dirties one more bowl. If you’re looking for a quick alternative or are making a S’more cupcake, use a marshmallow instead! Simply top each cupcake with a marshmallow 5 minutes before they are finished baking. (via Toni Spilsbury)

Use a cookie cutter as a sprinkles stencil to decorate your cake like a pro.

There’s something very special and thoughtful about a homemade birthday cake, but the decorating can be tricky. This hack makes in a breeze, though! The cookie cutter acts as a stencil to create whatever shape or number you’d like. Then, if you want to make sure it stays put, you can spray it with warm sugar water to set it in place. (via Reddit)

Use a toothpick to create a guide before writing on a cake.

We’ve all been there. You are piping “Happy Birthday” on a cake and it’s all going well until you realize you don’t have room to fit the whole word or it is going to be off center! Save yourself the hassle and trace where each letter goes using a toothpick. (via Lauren Conrad)

Use a paper plate as a splatter shield when using your hand mixer.

All you have to do is poke holes in a paper plate and stick the beaters through them before attaching to the mixer. It’s quick and easy and will save you some cleanup and laundry challenges. (via SELF)

Store cookies with a slice of bread to keep them soft.

I don’t know about you, but I want my cookies to be super soft and chewy. So, to keep them as soft as when they are freshly baked, you can store them with a slice of bread. (via The Krazy Coupon Lady)

Use aluminum foil to resize your baking tray or tart pan.

Ever been reading a recipe that calls for a different size baking tray then you have and you panic that you are going to have to run to the store? Well, you don’t have to. Instead, you can use an aluminum foil border that you can expand to create a one size fits all baking tray. (via Food52)