Store clean Popsicle sticks in your dry-ingredient containers. Instead of having to grab for a butter knife or other straight edge to sweep away the excess when measuring flour or sugar, you already have your leveling tool at hand.
Hand towels draped over oven-door handles often fall to the floor. Here’s an easy way to keep yours in place. 1. Lay a towel flat on the counter and place a crumpled ball of aluminum foil, about 1½ inches in diameter, at one corner. 2. Fold that corner over the ball and secure it with a rubber band. 3. Feed the loose end of the towel up and over the oven-door handle and pull the fabric down in front, leaving the foil ball hanging behind like a pulley weight.
Professional bakers use tools such as an icing comb to decorate the sides of frosted cakes. Here’s how to make your own. 1. Using pinking shears, cut out a wedge from a plastic lid (such as the top of a cottage cheese container). 2. Drag the wedge along the sides of a frosted cake to create an attractive raised design.