Being a great baker isn’t just about knowing what goes into making delicious treats, it’s just as important to know what to do when things don’t quite go to plan – those moments when you realise you’re out of a key ingredient or the cake just won’t come out of the pan.
Murphy’s Law says these problems always pop up when you’re pushed for time. You know, when you’re all dressed and your guests are due to arrive any second. When things get a little sticky in the kitchen it’s easy to become stressed and wish you were invisible – but that’s one thing a woman should never be!
Luckily with Rexona Invisible Dry the only thing that’s invisible is your deodorant – just a quick spray in the morning and you can forget about white marks and yellow stains marring your day (and your clothes). And I can say from experience this product works – even when it’s 22 degrees, the oven’s blasting out heat and things are going a little pear shaped – so you can focus your attention on more important things… like getting to work saving your baking from disaster.
It’s not as hard as you might think! Here are ten tips have up your sleeve to save you stress in the kitchen…
1. Out of baking powder? Make your own by combining 1 part baking soda with two parts cream of tartar. Just remember – this homemade version starts working as soon as it gets wet, so don’t leave your batter sitting around.
2. Burnt the bottoms of your cookies? No problem – simply grate the charred bottoms using a small grater to get rid of any hint of burnt flavour. You can also do this if you burn the crust of a pie.
3. If a recipe calls for buttermilk but you don’t have any around, don’t panic – make your own. Simply add 1 Tbsp of white vinegar (or lemon juice) to 1 cup of full fat milk and set aside for five minutes.
4. Run out of time to ice your cake or cupcakes? Just sprinkle with icing sugar for a pretty, understated effect. For a little more wow-factor, lay a piece of lace over the cake before sprinkling with icing sugar – your cakes will be left with a very pretty lace design.
5. Rolling pins always disappear when you need them, but don’t panic – just use a wine bottle instead! Lay some glad wrap over the dough before you roll it so you don’t need to pick the label off first.
6. If you have to leave an un-iced cake out on the bench for awhile, pop a piece of bread on top so the cake doesn’t dry out. When you’re ready to ice it the cake will still be fresh while the bread will be dry as a bone.
7. Out of cupcakes cases? Make your own by cutting squares of baking paper and pressing them into your pan using the base of a glass. Remove once baked for pretty ‘naked’ cupcakes.
8. If your cake domes and you don’t have time to level it, don’t worry: simply place the warm cake dome-down on a cooling rack and press down gently with even pressure to flatten it up. You’ll simply have a denser cake more akin to a mud cake.
9. Cake stuck in the pan? Try popping it in the freezer to cool down. Once chilled, carefully free the cake from the sides of the pan using a sharp knife and lever out using a spatula.
10. If that doesn’t work don’t despair – make cake pops! Quickly throw together a batch of your favourite icing, crumble the cake and roll into balls. Dip them in chocolate and you’re all set!
Hopefully these tips help you keep your cool the next time things get a little heated in your kitchen. What are your favourite baking hacks you like to use in a pinch?
This post was made possible with thanks to Rexona Invisble Dry.