This Is the Easiest Way to Cut an AppleSkills
Follow our step-by-step guide to cut apples for snacking and baking.
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 Ratio. Sometimes tube pans are needed to ensure even baking, especially with delicate batters that might have a tendency to sink in the middle. But these tins are also big and take up precious cupboard space.
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.
This Simple Tip Makes Decorating Beautiful Drip Cakes So Much EasierSkills
No more puddles at the bottom of the cake!
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
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
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 20, 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
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 12, 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.
Apr 7, 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 10, 2020
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.
Dec 13, 2019
Give Your Pancake Recipe a Fall Makeover with ApplesauceSkills
Cinnamon-scented and oh-so-good.
Oct 22, 2019
The Trick to Making (Intensely Dark) Chocolate Cakes or CookiesSkills
It's the secret behind the color of Oreos.
May 6, 2019
Whipped Cream: The Secret to Beautiful Cakes?Skills
This whipped cream won’t be going on top of the cake. No, it’s destined to go inside! This unusual technique calls for folding whipped cream into the cake batter, and the result? The most luscious, velvety cake you’ve ever eaten. No kidding.In her cookbook BakeWise, Shirley O’Corriher explains that adding whipped cream incorporates air into the batter (for a lighter cake), gives the cake a soft and silky texture, and adds a rich flavor.
May 2, 2019
The Easiest Way to Divide Cake Batter EvenlySkills
Making a layer cake is hard enough. You’ve got to worry about baking the cake layers, making filling, getting the frosting on crumb-free, and let’s not even talk about the final decorating! My first challenge has always been dividing the cake batter between the pans so they bake up uniformly, and just eye-balling it never seems to work for me. Here’s an easy, mess-free way to evenly divide your cake batter into the cake pans!
May 1, 2019
How a Couple Cuts Their Wedding Cake Might Show How Long the Marriage Will LastSkills
Like many 30-somethings, I have gathered my fair share of memories of siblings, cousins, and best friends exchanging vows with their soul mates. I remember, sometimes through tears, the love and commitment two people shared on that day. Oddly, I cannot recall any instances of the mostly American tradition of two new spouses feeding cake to each other. (This is probably because I am usually asking someone what flavor the cake is and if I am allowed to break out my Tupperware at this time.
Apr 15, 2019
My Go-To Trick for No-Mess Cookie Decor with KidsSkills
Cookie decorating is supposed to be a joyous celebration of the holiday season — you’re making holiday memories plus gifts for friends, neighbors, and maybe a cookie plate for Santa too. Except cookie decorating with tiny, sugar-fueled, and sprinkled-eyed humans can be more frustrating and messy than we expect and leave us holiday harried parents more stressed than joyful.
Dec 21, 2018
10 Simple Cakes, Bars & Cookies to Bake This SummerSkills
Summer might not be prime baking season, as you likely don’t want to turn on your oven more than you have to, but, given all the juicy fruit that’s in abundance, we’re not giving up all together! Those strawberries and stone fruit deserve to be baked into a cake and I’ll crank up my AC just to do so. These simple recipes are so ripe for the season that they will have you doing the same.
Jun 5, 2018
Bake Like a Brit: 5 Cakes Every English Baker LovesSkills
When a Brit tells you they're baking, you can generally assume that a cake is about to come out of the oven.
May 19, 2018
I Can’t Stop Dreaming About This Cornmeal-Ricotta CakeSkills
If something involves ricotta, I don’t need to read any further to know I am sold. So when I stumbled upon this blood orange, almond, and ricotta cake on Smitten Kitchen a couple of years ago, I immediately filed it under “must make.” Deb credits the cake to Elizabeth Prueitt of Tartine Bakery, who herself adapted it from London’s famed River Cafe.
Apr 25, 2018
Follow This One Easy Trick to Keep Cake Layers EvenSkills
Jill O’Connor, the well-known baking genius behind the cookbook Cake, I Love You, isn’t immune to the age-old problem of leaning cake layers. You’ve been there: You decide to make a cake for a friend’s birthday, spend way too much time finding the best recipe, bake the cake itself perfectly, and botch the whole thing when your not-so-perfect slicing and re-stacking technique leaves the cake looking like the leaning tower of Pisa. By celebration time, you hate your cake.
Jan 3, 2018
The Publix Cake Is the Ultimate Southern Wedding CakeSkills
When you’re planning and paying for a wedding, eventually you start to see dollar signs. According The Knot’s 2016 Real Wedding Survey the average wedding cost is $35,329, which leaves brides looking to save where they can. For couples set on having a cake, one way to save money is to buck tradition and skip the specialty bakery.
Jun 28, 2017
5 Ways to Decorate Your Boozy CupcakesSkills
If your nearest and dearest are gathering to toast your birthday with a cocktail party, go ahead and make the evening a little sweeter with boozy cupcakes. With boozy cupcakes you get the cake your birthday celebration deserves, with inspiration from your favorite cocktail. And as for topping off these sweet treats, you can leave that assortment of colored sprinkles right where they are — we have five fun ways to garnish boozy cupcakes just like a cocktail.
May 26, 2017
Poke Cakes Are Kitschy and Dated, but Still a Heck of a Lot of FunSkills
Poke cakes go back to the ancient days of the 1970s, the heyday of boxed cake mixes, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. Colorful and easy to make, poke cakes are the white patent leather go-go boots of the bakery case — kitschy and dated, but still a heck of a lot of fun. Poke cakes were originally created to increase sluggish sales for Jell-O gelatin.
May 23, 2017
What’s a Naked Cake (and Why Is It Naked?)Skills
Barely there frosting was once only seen by bakers between as a crumb coat before the final layer of frosting was added, but now naked cakes have moved from verified trend to bakery staple. These cakes, easily recognized by their exposed layers and minimal garnishes, have become a staple style for everything from homemade birthday cakes to multi-tiered wedding cakes.
May 19, 2017
6 Tips for Making the Best One-Bowl CakeSkills
One-bowl cake is something of a miracle dessert for cake-lovers. This fast and fancy dessert transforms pantry items into a sweet cake batter, in a single bowl, before the oven even has a chance to preheat. And its versatility can’t be beat. Get out your biggest mixing bowl and your cake pan of choice, and put these tips to work to make an even better one-bowl cake.
May 18, 2017
6 Quick Ways to Decorate a Cake Without FrostingSkills
Frosting is often the first thing we turn to when it comes to decorating a cake (it is totally delicious, after all), but this sweet topping just scratches the surface when it comes to decorating. There are so many different and simple ways to put the finishing touches on a cake that turn out impressive results, like glazes and sauces, fruit, and edible flowers, to name a few.
May 17, 2017