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post #46 of 612
I am a newbie and have loved reading all the helpful hints. Thanks!!!!
post #47 of 612
Hi All!

When measuring out honey/crisco/molasses, PAM or oil your measuring cup or spoon. The sticky stuff comes right out and you get everything into your cake. And yes molasses does taste good in certain cakes!

Enjoy!
post #48 of 612
I do the applesauce switch, too! It's great, however it does effect the texture of brownies, they become more cakelike instead of chewy.

I will also had sourcream, pudding mix, and Dreamwhip to box mixes. Does wonders for the crumbly strawberry favored mixes. Makes it firmer, but still moist.


Thanks for all the great info!
post #49 of 612
Heres my tip, when I need an extra hand filling a pastry bag I use a empty pringles can or a tall glass. Drop bag with tip and coupler in can or glass and fold end of bag over the endicon_smile.gif
post #50 of 612
Awesome tips. Wish I had one to share. Thanks to everyone else for sharing.
post #51 of 612
I've only been doing cakes for a few months now but I've learned a few tricks which have been invaluable!

1. When your cake comes out of the oven place a clean dishtowel over the top and press down to level. Cakes are slightly more dense and I have yet to use my cake leveler.

2. Use a rose nail instead of a heating core. Again, bought one and never used.

3. Wrap a strip of wet towel around you pan instead of buying bake even strips.

Hope these help!
post #52 of 612
I had a duh moment about the bench scraper. A few months ago someone suggested using it to clean countertop messes. It has saved me! It seems so obvious, but I hadn't thought of it. I was using an old credit card icon_lol.gif Thanks CC!
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post #53 of 612
I had a few tips/hints/secrets but it seems they've already been said. My grandmother taught me a few things before she passed....

Spray the spoon or cup with pam or something similar before putting honey or anything similar to honey in it and it'll plop right out in one single blop-ball lol.

Dish washers are NO place for your Wilton pans!!!! Hubby put my sheet pan in the dishwasher with my heating core and it ruined the finish...

I use ONLY Wilton Bake Easy cake release spray but am going to try this new stuff yall have suggested and I've decided the best way to store that would be to wash the empty crisco can out with as hot of water as standable and maybe line it with a zip-close bag and fill it and store it in the pantry.... WILL THIS WORK????

Also I tried the clean towel press trick on the last cake I made... a sheet cake... and it worked great!!!!!! I have attempted leveling a sheet cake before with a knife and made a big goof when I went to flip it and it crumbled so I haven't leveled one since lol... but this works great!!!!!!! PLEASE ALL NEWBIES TRY THIS ONE!! icon_biggrin.gif

I think that's it....
except for a question.... I'll be making a strawberry (box mix) cake next month for my god daughter's birthday..... someone above mentioned adding something to the strawberry cake mix to make it not so crumbly and extra moist.... can you help me with this? lol.... can't remember who said what now I'm sorry so many helpful hints and tips icon_biggrin.gif

Oh speaking of tips.... having more then one of the same tip is an excellent thing! They are under $1.~ depending on which one you need. Two cakes ago I needed Pink, Teal, Purple, and white icing.... Pink teal and purple went into bags with the star tip... well I only had 1 and it was pure hell lol I had to stop and wash and retip and continue and it was a pain.... so I went to the store and bought 3 more because I couldn't imagine stopping and washing the tip each time I had to change again...

I think that's it.
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post #54 of 612
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Originally Posted by vww104

Buttercream icing freezes beautifully but those storage containers take up so much space in the freezer. I use freezer ziploc bags and fill them easily by lining the pitcher from my blender with the bag, it fits perfectly and its so easy to fill. Press all the air from the bag and throw in your freezer.



Same idea works for loading up your decorating bags. Place the ready bag into a tall drinking glass, with the edges folded over the top, load in your frosting then pull the edges up and remove the bag. I love doing this because if I'm running low on BC I can use the edge of the cup to scrape every last bit on the edge of the glass and into my bag.
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post #55 of 612
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Originally Posted by irisinbloom

Heres my tip, when I need an extra hand filling a pastry bag I use a empty pringles can or a tall glass. Drop bag with tip and in can or glass and fold end of bag over the endicon_smile.gif


OMG! What an incredible idea. You are MacGyver! Awesome idea! Thanks!!
post #56 of 612
I hesistated to mention this since I stole it from this site but .....I roll my buttercream in plastic wrap in the shape of the pastry bag, cut the end and place it in a the pastry bag cut end down. much less mess, much easier to refill (no need to for the tall glass) and ready for the freezer in the perfect size portions.

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post #57 of 612
what's a foodsaver?
post #58 of 612
Here is the foodsaver Walmart offers....

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4228524
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post #59 of 612
these tips are awesome!!! I don't really have much to offer though, im so new at this! But definitely stock up on extra tips (star, roses, etc.) so you don't have to constantly clean your tips. Also, to clean your dishes and get that grease out, soak them in hot water and vinegar. Most of you probably already know that though....
post #60 of 612
Love this thread!!!
My tip is make a little extra of whatever you are making & offer it to the family if you want helping cleaning the kitchen thumbs_up.gif
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