Use lifesavers as a decorative accent to hold candles in place on a cake and
catch any wax drops.
Lay a wet towel on top of the cooling racks to loosen the cake.
Use a paper doily on top of the cake and sprinkle powdered sugar over it for
a quick decorative topping.
Flavor homemade chocolate cakes with cocoa instead of baker's chocolate to
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.
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.
Substitute or add extra ingredients for
more flavor. Add 1/4 cup applesauce in place of one egg.
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
If you don't have a toothpick to stick in
your cake to see if it is done, use a piece of spaghetti.