15 Baking Hacks That You Need to Know

15 Baking Hacks That You Need to Know

It’s a New Year and you know what that means: time to up your kitchen game with a few handy hacks. 2016 is the year of practical thinking, so start by making your kitchen an easy and fun place to be. Check out this list of tips and tricks to save yourself some time and some sanity.

Use a cookie cutter to get the perfect cake decorations without the stress of renegade sprinkles.

Via Little Life of Mine

Bring your eggs to room temperature by soaking them in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes.

Via Eat the Love

Make gluten-free oat flour at-home to save a couple bucks with oats and a blender.

Via Beard & Bonnet

Sift your own cake flour into existence with about 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

Via Cake Whiz

Toss bananas in the oven to ripen them up in just 40 minutes, they’ll be ready for banana bread or whatever’s up next in your baking rotation.

Via One Good Thing

Save your burnt cookies by breaking out a microplane and shaving off the bad stuff, leaving only the cookie goodness behind.

Via Downtown Dish

Know your substitutions! If you’re out of a key ingredient you’ll be able to swap it out in the blink of an eye.

Via Huffington Post

Get rid of air pockets in your cakes and bakes by dropping your full cake pan onto the countertop from a couple inches up—not too high—enough to knock those bubbles out.

Via Saveur

Use fruit purees, like strawberries, to give your cake batters a natural and healthy dye job.

Via Smitten Kitchen

Don’t have the correct sized rimmed baking sheet? Personalize your own version with a little tin foil.

Via Food 52

Help your cakes out of the pan with a homemade, vegetarian cake release spread made of vegetable shortening, vegetable oil and flour.

Via Veronica’s Cornucopia

Create your own homemade sprinkles with sugar, egg whites, water, flavoring, salt and food coloring.

Via Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

Temper chocolate without a thermometer by using a spatula to get bring a tiny amount of the chocolate near your wrist. The heat sensitive area will let you know if it’s ready for dipping or dripping.

Via The Kitchn

Frost like a boss by mastering the petal technique for frosting cakes, it’s pretty and simple.

Via My Cake School

Finally, grab a cheat sheet. Nothing wrong with a little extra help in the kitchen, print out a list of your favorite how-to’s and keep them close at hand.

Image via One Good Thing

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