There are many ins and outs to the baking process. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind: When you make a pastry with cold water, it will turn out flaky. When you make a pastry with hot water, it will likely turn out crumbly. When you are cooking cupcakes and smaller cakes, grease the bottom of the pans on the bottoms, but not on the sides. Fill up cupcake containers only halfway to give the batter room to expand. The easiest way to decorate a frosted cake is to draw the design with a toothpick. Then, fill an empty squeeze bottle (a ketchup bottle works well) and go over the toothpick lines.
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