• To improve the texture of a cake, add a few drops of boiling water to the butter and sugar when creaming.
  • To cut a cake without breaking the icing, wet your knife in warm water first.
  • Coat dried fruit and nuts with flour being used in a recipe to prevent them from falling to the bottom when baking.
  • When using a packaged pastry mix for a pie crust, substitute light cream or lite sour cream for the liquid in the mix recipe.
  • When making pancakes, try using a small amount of salt in place of grease on the griddle.
  • For a great taste try burying a piece of vanilla bean in an airtight jar of granulated sugar for a few days before using the sugar for baking. The gases given off by the bean will flavor the sugar.