14 Baking Cheats That Will Make You Feel Like a Scientist

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For the lazy baker.

1. Make your box cake 300 times better by adding butter instead of vegetable oil.

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2. Prevent your electric whisk from splattering all over by using a paper plate.

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3. Want to see how fresh your eggs are? Put them in water!

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If they sink, they're fresh. If they float, they're not so fresh.

4. Keep your cookies moist by adding an orange peel or apple slice in their container.

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The cookies will absorb the moisture and keep them fresher, longer.

5. Add a marshmellow on top of your cupcakes, let them melt and you have instant frosting!

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6. Not sure how much cake to make? Here's a simple guide.

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7. Put bread on the cake until you are ready to frost. This will help keep the cake moist.

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8. Want to make your cupcakes cute without adding frosting? Try lace and powdered sugar.

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9. Avocado is actually a great substitute for butter!

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Substitute 1 cup of pureed avocado for every 1 cup of butter!

10. And apple sauce can replace oil.

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The ratio is also the same 1:1!

11. The perfect pie crust has a mixture of butter AND shortening.

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Butter adds flavor, shortening makes the crust nice and flaky.

12. You don't need fancy decorating tools to make your sweets pretty.

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Try using a basic syringe for decorative frosting!

13. Freeze cookie dough balls in ice trays and you have perfectly-sized snacks to pop in the oven later.

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14. Use your hair dryer to make your frosting perfectly glossy.

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After you are done with the frosting, put the hairdryer on medium heat and point at the cake. The frosting will smooth and become even glossier.

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Now get to baking, you mad scientist!

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