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Frugal Cake Tips

 

Cooling

Lay a wet towel on top of the cooling racks to loosen the cake.

Decorating

Use a paper doily on top of the cake and sprinkle powdered sugar over it for a quick decorative topping.

Cocoa

Flavor homemade chocolate cakes with cocoa instead of baker's chocolate to save money.

Frosting

Use a comb to make a decorative swirl design.  For chocolate cakes, use two layers of frosting; first mint frosting and then and chocolate frosting.  For a quick frosting, place chocolate chips on top or warm cake, and when melted, spread.

Gourmet

To make a gourmet cake, make a layer cake, and then cut both the bottom and top layer in half horizontally and frost between layers.

Greasing and Dusting Pan

Use leftover paper from empty margarine cubes to grease the pans, and if the cake is dark, and if you are using a mix, use some of it instead of flour to dust the pans.

Ingredients

Substitute or add extra ingredients for more flavor.  Add 1/4 cup applesauce in place of one egg.

Mixes

Boxed mixes can be made more flavorful by substituting some of the ingredients, or adding new ingredients.  Use a flavored water or club soda in place of the water to change the taste of the cake.

Testing

If you don't have a toothpick to stick in your cake to see if it is done, use a piece of spaghetti. 

Lifesavers

Use lifesavers as a decorative accent to hold candles in place on a cake and catch any wax drops.

 

 

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