Baking Hints & Tips


Cake on the Level

Do your cakes often have a hump in the middle? Spray cake pan bottom with vegetable spray. With paper toweling, wipe down the sides of the pan in case of over spray--sides of pans need to be free of spray. Flour bottom if necessary. Cake will rise evenly, almost guaranteed!!

Cinnamon Powdered Sugar

I love to sprinkle coffee cakes or muffins with this mixture. I keep it in its own shaker in a plastic bag until needed. It is also great on a puff of whipped cream on pumpkin pie. Almost to simple to suggest but here goes. combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon. Some spice shops sell vanilla powder. Add a teaspoon if available. Good stuff!

Sinking Chocolate Chips?

Do you have problems with chocolate chips sinking when added to cake batter? Lightly spray chips with a cooking spray and dust with a little flour. Fold in by hand and things should stay in place.

Flavored Powdered Sugar

To one cup of powdered sugar add one to two teaspoons of Kool-Aid. Lemon is great or try any fruit flavor desired. Remember it for your Christmas cookies.

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

For cute cupcakes for Valentine’s day, place liners in cupcake pan. Fill 3/4 full with cake batter. Insert a marble between the paper liner and the pan, and the cupcake will bake into a heart shape.

How to keep Whipped Cream Stiff!

To 2 cups of whipping cream add 2 Tbls of sour cream as you are whipping. No, it will not taste funny! You can add powdered sugar and vanilla for flavor. Best of all it will not weep! This allows you to frost a dessert before needed and still have it look great. I have had mini cream puffs last one week using this method.

Tastier Apple Pies

Try this with your next apple pie. Pour a half gallon of apple cider in a large saucepan and add 3 tsp cinnamon or two or three cinnamon sticks to the pan. Boil uncovered at a rolling boil until the mixture is reduced by half. This takes about one hour. Pour into a jar and keep chilled or freeze. Add 1/3 cup of this to your favorite apple pie recipe for a delicious intense flavor.