Martha Stewart Taught Me the Secret to Better Chocolate CakeSkills
It makes such a big difference.
This Is the Easiest Way to Cut an AppleSkills
Follow our step-by-step guide to cut apples for snacking and baking.
The Secret to an Uber-Spongy Cake Is … Ice WaterSkills
There might be some actual legit science behind why adding ice water to white cake is such a brilliant move.
Coffee Cake Tip: Two Loaf Pans = One Baking DishSkills
We have a favorite sour cream-pecan coffee cake that is made in a loaf pan, as so many breakfast breads and coffee cakes are. It makes two loaf pans, specifically. But we only have one loaf pan, and we needed to bake the whole batch of batter quickly for a crowd.The solution? A 9×13 baking dish. The batter that fills two loaf pans is perfect for one baking dish.
Kitchen Hack: How To Make a DIY Tube PanSkills
If you’d really like to make a holiday bundt cake but don’t own a tube pan, there’s no need to rush out and buy one. This simple hack using a cake pan and a ramekin works just as well!This is yet another great tip we picked up from Michael Ruhlman’s book RatioRuhlman says he simply places a glass cup or ramekin in the middle of a cake pan before pouring the batter inside.
Try This Clever Hack for Making Super-Vibrant Buttercream (Without a Ton of Food Dye)Skills
You can make vibrant buttercream without tons of food dye — just use this one simple tool.
Mar 22, 2023
This Simple Tip Makes Decorating Beautiful Drip Cakes So Much EasierSkills
No more puddles at the bottom of the cake!
Mar 7, 2023
Frosting Cakes Is Easier with This $2 Household StapleSkills
Don’t have a cake scraper? Use this unexpected kitchen item to help get those sides super smooth.
Feb 15, 2023
What Is Red Velvet Cake? Here’s What You Should Know About the Beloved Dessert.Skills
It’s more than just chocolate! Learn more about the classic dessert’s rich history.
Feb 8, 2023
The Secret of This Ingenious Cake-Frosting Hack Is a $7 Amazon FindSkills
If you have trouble getting the edges nice and sharp, try this hack to get the job done.
Jan 17, 2023
This Simple Hack Makes Storing Cake So Much Easier (and Mess-Free)Skills
No more smushed cake and smeared frosting!
Dec 15, 2022
What’s the Difference Between White, Yellow, and Vanilla Cake?Skills
When you go to bake a chocolate cake, it’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for, right? Sure, there are some that are flourless and fudgy, and others that are tender and fluffy, but they’re all labeled “chocolate.” The opposite end of the spectrum isn’t so simple. There’s a whole lot of terminology to describe what seems to be the same thing. But are white, yellow, and vanilla cake actually the same across the board? Not quite.
Dec 10, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making ButtercreamSkills
While I certainly enjoy the cake portion of a slice of cake or a cupcake, I’m really in it for the buttercream frosting. That thick, sugary frosting brings the sweetest finishing touch to these desserts. There are a few different styles of buttercream, but no matter which one you make, be sure to avoid these mistakes.
Dec 3, 2022
Can I Freeze a Fully-Decorated Birthday Cake?Skills
Q: I want to make a birthday cake for a friend. Problem is, her birthday is not for two weeks, but I’m seeing her tomorrow.Is there a way to freeze a fully-decorated birthday cake so that it will thaw into something beautiful? Are there certain cake or icing recipes that work best (my friend loves carrot cake).Sent by CarolynEditor: Carolyn, the short answer is yes! Many cakes freeze very well even after being decorated.
Dec 2, 2022
7 Recipes to Have on Hand When You've Broken a CakeSkills
Don't cry over broken cake.
Dec 2, 2022
8 Steps to Follow When Converting a Cake Recipe to CupcakesSkills
On Cupcake Project, I’ve converted every imaginable kind of cake to cupcakes. I’ve made angel food cupcakes, pound cake cupcakes, upside-down cake cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes, and more! It’s not hard to take your favorite cake recipe and translate it into cupcakes. Here’s the process that I’ve developed over the years. Here are eight steps to get from favorite cake to perfect cupcake recipe.
Nov 30, 2022
Tips for Making Cupcakes Ahead of Time?Skills
Q: My mom and I are driving from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI next weekend to visit my grandpa for Father’s Day. A few other relatives are coming too. I am in charge of the celebratory dessert and was hoping to make cupcakes as they are festive and enable portion control (my grandpa is on a diet).The problem is, I need to be able to make the cupcakes two days ahead of time, then drive them 5 hours to my grandparent’s house.
Nov 14, 2022
This Surprising Trick Guarantees a Tender CakeSkills
This is the one baking rule you should break!
Oct 15, 2022
The Best Way to Store Any CakeSkills
Fact: Most cakes do not need to be refrigerated.
Sep 21, 2022
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Making No-Bake CheesecakeSkills
Don't rush the chill, friends.
Sep 3, 2022
This Cake-Serving Hack Makes Cutting Round Cakes a BreezeSkills
Plus you'll be able to serve more cake and cut down on waste!
Aug 22, 2022
5 Ways to Tell When Your Cake Is DoneSkills
Without eating half of it.
Aug 17, 2022
The Clever Parchment Paper Hack That Keeps Leftover Cake from Drying OutSkills
Parchment paper is truly a magical tool!
Jul 15, 2022
This Clever Baking Video Answers the Butter Versus Oil Question Once and for AllSkills
So THAT’S why we’re supposed to use room-temperature butter in our cakes!
May 16, 2022
Can I Make German Chocolate Cake Without Coconut?Skills
Q: I love German chocolate cake, but I know people who are allergic to coconut.Can I recreate the caramel and evaporated milk frosting without coconut? Will the layered cake still hold up?Sent by LaurenEditor: Lauren, the filling would still be delicious without coconut, but we would recommend making a little more of it (perhaps 50% more) to bulk up the filling between the layers. You could also substitute finely chopped nuts for the coconut.
May 13, 2022
Good Question: Easy, Transportable Birthday Cake?Skills
Birthday party in the park! Here’s a good question from reader Theresa.I am organizing a birthday picnic BBQ for 2 friends next weekend. We’re expecting about 20 guests. Our picnic site is at a park so we have no access to a refrigerator or freezer (just coolers). Could you suggest a birthday cake (or cupcakes? Pies?) that is tasty, easy to make, transportable, and won’t melt at the sight of the sun? Thanks so much!Theresa, a birthday park in the picnic sounds like a blast.
May 13, 2022
How To Make an Anatomically Correct Lego CakeSkills
Speaking of birthday cakes, I made one last weekend. This particular cake was for a friend’s son, who was having his eighth birthday. My friend’s son is madly into LEGOs, and when he saw a building block cake on LEGO’s website, he fell in love. My friend, who is a magnificent cook but doesn’t bake, asked if I would try it. Sure! Why not? I went looking online for LEGO cake inspiration and discovered many, many cakes — but a dearth of really practical directions.
May 13, 2022
Make Your Own Homemade Cake MixSkills
We’ve talked a little bit about box mixes this week, and tomorrow we’re going to look at what’s better, when it comes to cake — boxed, or from scratch. But we also wanted to interject this note into the discussion: Did you know that you can make your own cake mix? This bright tip comes from I Am Baker. She assembles this cake mix out of flour, sugar, and a few other staples and throws it all into a jar for quicker cake-making down the road.
May 13, 2022
How Can I Make Cake Pops Less Sweet?Skills
Q: Speaking of cake pops — any tips on making them less sweet? I know they are an inherently sweet dessert, but I have reservations serving them as I feel they might be too sweet for most people.I’ve make the version from Bakerella’s book with her homemade white cake recipe and storebought icing. (A compromise as I was short for time). PS. Shark-jumped or not, they are new to most of my friends and impressing them is fun!
May 12, 2022
How To Flavor a Cake with Jam SyrupSkills
If you’ve got a few spoonfuls of jam in your refrigerator, you can turn a plain yellow or chocolate cake into something special without altering the recipe one bit. We added a hint of raspberry flavor to a basic chocolate cake, above, just by mixing some jam with a little hot water.
May 12, 2022
This 3-Ingredient Mixture Is the Key to Stick-Free Chocolate CakesSkills
You just need three ingredients, and you probably already have them on hand.
May 11, 2022
Ina Garten's Parchment Paper Hack Makes Decorating Cakes So Much EasierSkills
It's a simple trick, but it's a "game-changer."
May 1, 2022
This Clever Trick Helps Make Buttercream Bright White (While Still Using Real Butter)Skills
Perfectly white frosting without sacrificing flavor!
Apr 29, 2022
This Simple Hack Will Upgrade Your DIY Pastry Bags ForeverSkills
Wait — why didn’t I think of that?!
Mar 29, 2022
Here’s How You Can Prevent Your Cupcakes from Baking Too Fast — Once and for AllSkills
And it uses one ingredient you probably already have!
Mar 25, 2022
This Ingenious Rainbow Buttercream Hack Gives You Six Colors with Just One BowlSkills
Just one bowl and one spatula dirty? Yes, please!
Mar 18, 2022
How to Store Homemade Frosting So It Lasts for MonthsSkills
Have some extra homemade frosting? Here's how to store and use it.
Mar 4, 2022
This Simple Method Will Give You Two-Toned Frosting for Your Baked GoodsSkills
The method is so easy, you'll wish you knew it sooner.
Mar 3, 2022
This Simple Hack Is a Brilliant Solution to Baking Without a Bundt PanSkills
No Bundt pan? No problem!
Feb 22, 2022
The Surprising Ingredient You Should Skip in Your Chocolate Cake Skills
This might be the one time that butter isn't better.
Feb 11, 2022
We Tried 6 Methods to Keep a Bundt Cake from Sticking and the Winner Was Magic
Skills Showdown
This DIY solution gives you a beautiful Bundt every time!
Oct 7, 2021
Try This Handy Tip the Next Time You’re Decorating CupcakesSkills
The key to perfectly flat frosting.
Oct 6, 2021
This 3-Ingredient “Cake Goop” Is the Secret to Perfect-Looking CakesSkills
Baker Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes let everyone in on her secret to getting a picture-perfect, pristine cake that retains its shape.
Jun 18, 2021
The Not-So-Secret Ingredient to Ina’s Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
Baking Tips From The Kitchn
The recipe includes the usual suspects (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, cocoa powder), but there's one extra ingredient in both the cake and the frosting.
Jan 14, 2021
The Real Difference Between a Cupcake and a Muffin Might Surprise YouSkills
Nope, it isn't just the frosting!
Aug 17, 2020
I Tried Juicing a Lemon “Butt Up” Versus the WRONG Way, and I’ll Give You One Guess as to What HappenedSkills
In a recent TikTok video with 3 million likes, a woman shows the proper way to juice your lemons and limes.
Aug 6, 2020
My Mom Hacked Cake Mix to Make the Best Birthday Cake EverSkills
My mom's "legendary" birthday cake was actually doctored-up cake mix. Here's how she made It incredible.
Jul 14, 2020
How to Freeze Cake Slices, According to a Pastry Pro Skills
So you can bake a cake and eat it all too.
May 15, 2020
3 Simple Tricks for Getting Perfect Slices of Cake
No more sloppy slices!
Apr 10, 2020
6 Food-Stylist Tips to Make a More Beautiful Cake
Pretty Delicious
From trimming the layers to crumb-coating, here's how to create picture-perfect cakes.
Apr 1, 2020
Has Your Cake Batter Curdled? Here’s How to Fix ItSkills
Don't toss it out! It's still salvageable.
Feb 16, 2020
This $4 Ingredient Is the Secret to the Very Best Chocolate Desserts
Taste Makers
You need this in your pantry.
Feb 11, 2020
The Best Way to Get a Stuck Bundt Cake Out of the Pan in One PieceSkills
Ever fill your favorite intricately-designed bundt pan with homemade cake batter and wait the 50-60 minutes for it to bake, only to have the cake stick to the pan? I know I have. There is nothing more crushing than trying to invert a yummy-smelling cake from its pan and having it stick or fall out it clumps. Well, those sad times are over! Try this “steam” method with your next stuck bundt cake.
Jan 21, 2020
A Tip for Finding the Volume of Your Bundt Pan (and Why It Will Help You)Skills
When you buy pans at the store, their size is clearly labeled, but when you inherit them from family or find them at a garage sale, it’s a little harder to decide. You may have a good eye for these things, but for those of us less fortunate, here’s a quick and easy tip for finding the volume of baking pans. Knowing the size you have on hand can make or break a recipe. The trick is actually very simple and requires very little effort.
Jan 21, 2020
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Baking a Bundt CakeSkills
A Bundt cake is not your average cake. While all cakes strive to be delicious, the Bundt cake can be a little more fun and pretty than some other presentations simply because of the pan it’s baked in. To make sure you get the best cakes every time, avoid these five mistakes. Bundt cake recipes describe the Bundt pan by the number of cups of batter that it holds. Overfill it and your cake will overflow in the oven.
Jan 21, 2020
10 of the Most Beautiful Bundt Cakes We Could FindSkills
If you’ve ever scrolled through the dozens upon dozens of beautiful Bundt cakes that fill up Pinterest, then you know how hard it is to come up with a list of just 10. Consider this list just the beginning of what’s out there. Sure, you could leave that hole in the center of a Bundt empty, or you could fill it with sweet stewed cherries and whipped cream.
Jan 21, 2020
This Is the Easiest Way to Decorate a Bundt CakeSkills
When it comes to making a beautiful Bundt, the decorating portion of this job is a total piece of cake. Forget what you know about dolling up layer cakes — none of that is necessary here. Save the buttercream for another day because the very best, and easiest, way to decorate a Bundt cake (beyond powdered sugar, of course) is drizzling a glaze or simple sauce over the top. You see, Bundt cakes are simply stunning the way they are.
Jan 21, 2020
Everything You Should Know About Making Beautiful Bundt CakesSkills
Bundts really are the queen of all cakes. They’re beautiful, easy enough to bake, and big enough to feed a party. Here is everything you need to know to master the beautiful Bundt cake and win at dessert every single time. Bundt cake recipes are given by volume, with 10-cup and 12-cup recipes being the most common. If you aren’t sure what size your pan is, you can find the volume by adding water and measuring it.
Jan 21, 2020