Candy is really cheap in the days following Halloween. Pick up
some chocolate for your baking projects or for stocking stuffers. Just store the
candy in the freezer until you need it.
Uneven Cake Layers
Sometimes you bake a cake layer that comes out just a little bit
lopsided. Level the layer with a serrated knife. Then apply a coat of frosting
to the rough edge leftover from the cut. Let the frosting dry before frosting
the rest of the cake.
Cake and Cookie Rack Placement
Cakes and cookies bake more evenly in the center of your oven.
If you are baking more than one item, try to place them as close to the center
of the oven as possible but leave about an inch between them.
Preheat Your Oven
Always preheat your oven before baking. Oven temperature is very
important for successful baking. Purchase an oven thermometer to verify the
temperature in your oven. If pans are too close together you won't get proper
A Good Time to Buy Pumpkins
Right after Halloween is a good time to buy pumpkins at discount
prices. Pumpkin can be used in a variety of tasty recipes for soups, cookies, or
pies. The seeds can be roasted to make a tasty snack.
Buy Bulk Nuts for Baking
If you are planning on baking be sure to buy bulk nuts. You can
store any that you don't use in the freezer and you will save a lot of money. In
fact, most baking ingredients can be bought in bulk at significant savings and
be stored long term either in dry storage or the freezer.
Chill Your Cake Layers
Put your cake layers in the freezer for an hour or two before
frosting them. They will firm up and won't crack and crumble when you apply the
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