Most people have a real basic idea about what they need when they set out to do baking at home, but most people don't have the background to know what works well and what does not, in the baking tips and tricks that I am going to show you will make your baking experience much more interesting and your work easier.
Baking Tip # 1. Using tin baking pans is what they used in the 40's and 50's and they worked well but they didn't distribute the heat through the pan very well, by using a heavy gage aluminum baking pan the heat will be distributed through the pan a lot better giving you a much more evenly baked cake without any burn spot.
Baking Tip # 2. Everyone tries to get a really smooth icing on their cake before decorating it but it just doesn't want to smooth out, well here is the way you do it. After you get the icing on the cake as smooth as you can dip the icing spatula in hot water and wipe in a towel to take off the water and lightly smooth out the icing, the heat from the spatula will melt the shortening in the icing causing it to become smooth. You will need to repeat this as many times as necessary.
Baking Tip # 3. Cake ruffle around the base of your cake will make it much more appealing and only takes a moment to apply it.
Baking Tip # 4 To make a better box cake mix use 4 medium eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1 -1/ 4 cup cold water, 2 ounces pudding mix, this will give you a moister cake with a fluffier texture.
Baking Tip # 5. When making cookies that you are going to roll out with your hands use an ice-cream scoop to dip them out and save yourself a great amount of time and they will also be the same size.
Baking Tip # 6. Having cookies all the same size on a baking pan causes them all to bake more evenly and they will all come out of the oven looking great.
Baking Tip # 7. When baking sugar cookies bake them on the two upper racks of your oven, this will cause them to bake more evenly because they won't get a lot of bottom heat on some and not on others. You want even browning on all.
Baking Tip # 8. When baking cookies rotate the pans at the half point of the baking time.
Baking Tip # 9. Always use parchment on your baking pans when baking cookies, it makes a lot easier.
Baking Tip # 10. When baking a cake don't grease or flour your pan, just use parchment paper on the bottom of your pan and when the cake has been cooled cut around the sides of the pan with a sharp straight blade knife then dump the cake out onto the table and remove the parchment before assembling.