These baking hacks make time in the kitchen so much easier.  And you don’t have to be a great cook (or baker!) to use these simple techniques and genius tips to elevate your kitchen skills.

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These simple baking tips will make you look like a kitchen genius!

Baking Hacks to Save Time & Money

I love how simple these ideas are, yet they make a huge difference. There are so many times I forgot to soften the butter or bring the eggs to room temperature, but now I’ve got a hack for every situation!

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1. Box Cake Baking Hacks

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Want to know how to make a boxed cake taste homemade? We got you!

Check out all these awesome hacks. We also have a huge resource on a lot of different ways to make a box cake better. This is the easiest way to make an amazing tasting cake.

2. Tip for Kitchen Tongs

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Did you know you can use tongs to decorate your pie crust?

Use a simple pair of tongs to make the most gorgeous pie crust designs. via House Beautiful. Make elaborate pie dough the easy way.

3. Get Eggs to Room Temp Fast Hack

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Get room temperature eggs fast!

Ever needed room temperature eggs, but they are all snug in the fridge in their carton?  Get your eggs up to room temperature by submerging them in warm water for 3 minutes. Use warm water, you don’t want the water too hot. via The Krazy Coupon Lady 

4. DIY Cake Saver in a Pinch – Spaghetti Holds Saran Wrap

This has totally happened to me.  I have a pie or cake I want to cover, but I can’t find my cake saver container (of maybe I am using it for something else at the moment).  Don’t want to cover your cake in plastic wrap and ruin the frosting but need it covered in a pinch?

  1. Grab uncooked spaghetti noodles and stick in your cake strategically around causing the ends to be above the cake.
  2. Wrap loosely with saran wrap.
  3. Yay! Your frosting is not messed up and your cake is covered.

Use spaghetti noodles to hold it up? Genius from via Real Simple (link no longer available).

5. Easy Homemade Fondant Solution Hack

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I never knew you could make Jell-O fondant. I bet it tastes great!

Make a simple DIY fondant with marshmallows and Jell-O! I didn’t even know you could make homemade fondant. These baking tips are amazing, because this marshmallow fondant tastes better than regular fondont. via Instructables 

6. Use a Hair Dryer in the Kitchen?

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I didn’t know you could use a hair dryer to smooth out your frosting.

Want your ganache to look shiny smooth? Use a hair dryer. It’s a great way to temper the ganache after you melt the chocolate chips and mix in the cream. via This Week for Dinner

7. Quick Hack How to Ripen Bananas in Minutes

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Ripen bananas quickly!

If you are craving banana bread but don’t have ripe bananas, just bake them in the oven first. Perfect when you need to make some banana quick breads.

8. Cake Pan Hack

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I wish I would have known about this cake release product years ago.

Make sure your cake comes out of the pan in tact every single time with this pan release. You don’t even have to oil the pan with olive oil or a stick of butter, or vegetable oil. You also don’t have to leave all purpose flour in the pan.

9. DIY Cake Pop Holder

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Using a colander to hold your cake pops is so clever.

Where do you put your cake pops while they dry and harden? You don’t use parchment paper or a cookie sheet. You put them in a colander! via 52 Kitchen Adventures

10. How to Make a Flat Cake Hack

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Did you know you can flip your cake to enjoy a flat cake top?

Do you want your cake to be flat with no mound in the middle? Here’s how. via Mirlandras Kitchen

11. Food Coloring Hack Guide

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Learn how to make the right color of frosting!

Get the perfect icing color with this food coloring guide. via The Cookie Countess

12. What Can I Substitute for this Ingredient?

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Here is the 411 on baking substitutes!

Here’s a huge list of baking substitutes. Keep this list around in case you ever run out of something! via Huffington Post

13. Splatter-Free Mixing Hack

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I wish I would have learned this baking hack a long time ago…would have saved me so many messes.

Don’t let the cake batter splatter all over you when you’re mixing – just use a paper plate! via Self

14. DIY Cake Decorating Tips & Tricks

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There are so many unique ways to decorate a cake.

Make really fun icing designs on a cake using just spoons and forks. Did you know you could use a ziploc bag to decorate your cake. via Todays Parent 

15. Let’s Make a Rainbow Cake Hack

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Let’s learn how to make easy rainbow cupcakes!

Here is a simple way to layer cupcake colors so you can make ombre or rainbow cupcakes. These are the best baking hacks to make professional looking cakes. via Just A Taste

16. Hack to Fill Muffin Tins Mess-Free

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These will give you the perfect amount of batter in each muffin tin.

Making a mess every time you fill your muffin tin? Just use an ice cream scooper with a trigger release coated in oil spray. via Honest and Truly

17. Ultimate Hack How to Retrieve an Egg Shell Piece

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Got egg shells? Here is the easy way to get them out.

If you’ve got an egg shell stuck floating around in your bowl but can’t get it out, wet your finger first, it will come right out! This easy tip will keep crunchy eggshells out of your baked goods. via Self

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Choose which genius baking tip to use today!

How do you soften butter quickly?

The easiest baking hack to soften cold butter quickly is just to grate it and let it sit for a few minutes. Butter comes to room temperature much more quickly in tiny pieces. You can also cut the butter into small evenly sized chunks and microwave it in 5-10 second sessions, checking after each session to see if the butter is soft. Only use this method if you are paying attention! Butter goes from soft to melted quickly!

Is there a hack for making fluffy pancakes?

  • Add a teaspoon of baking powder to the dry ingredients for an extra boost of fluffiness!
  • Use buttermilk instead of regular milk in the pancake batter. The acidity helps to create fluffy pancakes.
  • Let the pancake rest for a few minutes before cooking. This allows the leavening agents to activate and air bubbles to form, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Stir just until your ingredients are combined. Overmixing will make your pancakes tough and dense.

What is the best baking hack to prevent a cake from sticking to the pan?

Food Network promises the best baking hack to prevent a cake from sticking to the pan is to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Trace the bottom of the pan onto parchment paper, cut out the circle, and place it at the bottom of the greased pan before pouring in your cake batter.

More Hacks & Smart Ideas from Kids Activities Blog

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  • Need dessert for one? No problem! We have plenty of simple mug desserts. <–this feels like the ultimate solo baking hack!
  • Make cake pops simpler with these donut pops! Oh, and remember that tip above about using a colander to let the frosting settle?  You can use that now!
  • Cake is no longer just for dessert! Try out this breakfast cake!
  • Who doesn’t love rainbow cupcakes?
  • These cake crafts are both fun and delicious.  It is part delicious food & part crafty project.  No party will be the same…
  • Just enjoyed an orange for a snack? Be sure to save the orange peel for baking cakes!  Hey, that was a bonus baking hack!  Look how generous we are feeling right now…hahaha!
  • We have great bisquick recipes including cake!
  • Wondering how to make boxed cake mix better? Click here!

What baking hack is your favorite?  I am really partial to the “getting the egg shell out of the cracked egg” hack because I use it a LOT!

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