20 Epic Baking Hacks That Are Full Of Sugar, Spice, And Everything Nice

Even though I'm not a whiz in the kitchen, I still enjoy trying new things and improving my skills whenever I have a chance.

If you love to bake and are always looking for ways to take your creations to the next level, give the tips and tricks below a try!

1. Get room temperature eggs in no time.

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Rather than waiting overnight, place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for three minutes. This hack is great for all of you spur-of-the-moment bakers!

2. Cookie cutters are good for other things.

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Like cake decorating! Use them to create fun designs on cakes with a variety of ingredients, like sprinkles, chocolate chips, or powdered sugar.

3. If you don't have cookie cutters, you can also use lace.

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Place a pretty piece of detailed lace over your desserts and cover them with powdered sugar. When you remove it, you'll be left with a unique design!

4. A fresh cookie is the best kind of cookie.

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To keep your baked treats fresh, store them in an airtight container with a single slice of bread. Works like a charm!

5. Make homemade fondant.

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A simple mixture of Jell-O, marshmallows, confectioner's sugar, and water creates a fun rainbow of fondant that you can use to decorate all of your tasty desserts.

6. Set those cake pops.

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You don't need fancy equipment to create a collection of delicious cake pops. For setting them without a hassle, all you need is an upside-down colander and some paper towel!

7. Prevent mess with paper plates.

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When working with a hand or stand mixer, use a paper plate to cover the bowl in order to prevent your ingredients from flying out and making a huge mess everywhere.

8. The next time you want to bake cookies, grab a muffin tin.

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I don't know if they'll always stay soft and fluffy, but this trick will definitely prevent them from spreading out.

9. If you find yourself short a heart-shaped cake pan, you're not out of luck.

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All you really need is a square pan, around pan, and a bit of willingness to get creative.

10. To prevent soggy-bottomed muffins, use flour.

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If you're going to use frozen fruit in your pies, cakes, muffins, or any other baking ventures, coating it in a bit of flour will help absorb the excess water.

11. Make your desserts fancy with...a potato peeler?

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Yup! You can use a standard potato peeler to create the prettiest little chocolate peels, which work perfectly as garnish for any baked good.

12. Make your cake a tiny bit healthier.

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While cake will never be as healthy as a serving of fresh fruit or veggies, you can improve it by substituting the oil with some unsweetened applesauce!

13. It's so annoying when you forget to soften your butter.

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This hack is the perfect solution to getting it nice and warm for baking, and all you need is a glass cup and some boiling water!

14. Easily melt your chocolate in the slow cooker.

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Putting your chocolate into mason jars is a great way to get a lot done at once, and you don't have a messy pot to scrub out after.

15. Try using a syringe filled with frosting to decorate your gingerbread men this season.

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You won't struggle with the fine lines you want to get for those expertly decorated cookies.

16. Turn that rock-hard brown sugar into normal again.

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Just place it in a microwave-safe dish, and cover it with a moist paper towel. Heat for 20 seconds, and you'll be good to go!

17. Before you put your cake in the oven, carefully drop it on the counter a few times.

It removes any air bubbles and will help ensure that your cake bakes evenly.

18. Blow guests away with a perfect ganache cake.

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To get smooth and shiny ganache, grab a blow dryer, and put it on the highest heat setting and the lowest speed. Use the blow dryer as you work around your cake with a spreader tool.

19. If you're fresh out of cupcake liners, parchment paper makes the perfect backup.

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Simply press them down into your cupcake pan, and try using a small glass to help them keep their shape until you pour the batter in.

20. Use household items to create interesting pie crust designs.

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A pair of tongs, a corkscrew, a small measuring spoon, and even a pearl necklace are all perfect candidates for this task.

Give these hacks a try, and let us know how they work for you in the COMMENTS.

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