January 2, 2020

How to measure sticky ingredients

  • Spray your measuring utensils with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Now you are ready to measure with no sticking.

How to beat egg whites to soft, firm & stiff peaks

  • Always start with room temperature eggs.
  • Separate egg whites into individual bowls.
  • Place egg whites in a clean bowl – copper, glass or stainless steel bowls work best.
  • Once the egg whites begin to foam, add 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar per egg white.
  • Whip a little more before adding sugar (if your recipe calls for it).
    • Soft peaks – egg whites just start holding to the whisk.
    • Firm peaks – egg whites form peaks, while still curling over on themselves.
    • Stiff peaks – egg whites form pointy peaks without collapsing.
  • Try the flip test. Flip your bowl upside down, your egg whites should stick!

How to warm eggs faster

  • Need room temperature eggs, but forgot to take them out of the fridge?
  • Place cold eggs in a bowl.
  • Cover with warm water.
  • After five minutes, you’ll have room temperature eggs.

How to warm butter faster

  • Need room temperature butter but forgot to take it out of the fridge?
  • Unwrap cold butter.
  • Cut into small squares.
  • More surface area equals faster warming.

How to cool your cupcakes the right way

  • Remove from oven and cool on rack for five minutes.
  • Once cool enough to touch, place cupcakes on a rack.
  • This stops cupcakes from overcooking and getting soggy.
  • Once totally cooled, they’re ready for icing.

How to stop chocolate chips from sinking in baking

  • Add chocolate chips to a bowl.
  • Sprinkle just enough flour to coat the chocolate.
  • Fold the chocolate into your cake batter.
  • This also works great with fruits, nuts and other add-ins.

How to measure flour

  • Fluff up flour with a spoon to ensure even measuring.Using a spoon, scoop flour into measuring cup.
  • Never scoop directly into the flour. It can pack extra flour into your cup, resulting in over measuring.
  • Level flour with the flat edge of a knife.

How to ice cupcakes without a frosting bag

  • Grab a resealable plastic bag.
  • Fill with frosting.
  • Push icing to one corner.
  • Leaving the bag partially open, cut the corner to desired size.
  • Start at the edge of the cupcake, squeezing the bag as you work your way to the center.

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