We’ve all been there…

“Those” days where everything seems to go wrong. No matter how perfectly you plan things out, you get preoccupied and the universe decides to throw an obstacle your way.

Well whether you are in a rush, need a quick fix or find yourself missing just one ingredient – these easy hacks will soon get you back on the baking track.

I’ve put together some time savers, substitutions for popular ingredients and quick fixes that every home baker needs to know.

Castor Sugar

Some recipes call for castor sugar, this is finer than granulated sugar and dissolves more easily.  To make castor sugar simply measure out the quantity and blend in a food processor.  A stick blender will also work for very small quantities.

Measuring spoons

Simply spray your measuring spoons with baking spray before measuring sticky ingredients like honey or syrup.  The ingredients will slide right off the spoon

Room temperature eggs

If you are one of those people who keep their eggs in the fridge, this is a quick hack to get them back to room temperature.   Simply put the eggs in a glass or bowl and cover with hot water.  Be careful not to use boiling water unless you want to end up with scrambled eggs.  Let sit for a few minutes and your eggs are ready to go!

Perfectly sized cupcakes

Simply use an ice-cream scoop to measure out the batter.  No need to try and judge to get them all even in size and works great for cookies too!

Piping made easier

Insert the nozzle in the bag, pull over your hand and add the icing – easier said than done and if you do not have a trained hand you are left with icing everywhere. Simply insert the nozzle and instead of your hand, pull the bag over a glass.  Much easier to fill this way and stands up on it’s own when you need 2 hands to scrape the last bit of frosting from the mixing bowl.


Remove egg shells

We’ve all dropped a piece of egg shell into the bowl and no matter how hard you chase it down with a teaspoon it just keeps slipping away.  Use the egg shell to scoop it up, the broken piece will stick to the shell.


Buttermilk is not an every day ingredient in most homes.  To make your own buttermilk substitution at home is easy. Simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk (full cream works best) and let stand for a few minutes.

Soften buttercream icing

When you realise the buttercream icing you made the night before (to save time) is still sitting in the fridge and you absolutely can’t wait for it to come to room temperature.  Simply place it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 seconds at a time, until it softens.  Be careful not to leave in the microwave any longer because it melts very quickly. Give it a quick mix through and it will be ready to use

Self raising flour

A lot of cake recipes call for self raising flour.  No need to run off to the shop to buy, you can use normal cake flour.  Substitute 1 cup self raising flour with 1 cup cake flour + 1 1/2 tsps baking powder + good pinch salt

And my absolute favourite … because let’s face it, there’s always a wine bottle around

Emergency rolling pin

Simply dust a wine bottle with flour and you’re good to go.  Just be careful, it is glass after all 🙂


I hope you enjoyed these hacks and that you will be able to use some in your own kitchen.

Happy baking!