Photo by Ivy de Leon

We are getting ready for celebration season. The next few weeks will be busy with birthdays, graduation and Mother’s Day. With some help from my daughter and HomeGoods, celebrations will be a little more special in the kitchen. We’ll be baking breads, cupcakes, pies and cakes. Plus, it’s more fun to bake with a partner.

Here are a few tips I’ve collected to get started.

1. Gather all of your ingredients and bakeware before starting.

2. Use the highest quality ingredients.

3. Ingredients should be at room temperature, unless otherwise specified in recipe.

4. Several mixing bowls come in handy.

5. Keep hand towels at the ready for easy clean up.

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6. Cupcake liners are great for baking and serving.

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7. Measure liquids in glass cups and read measurements at eye level.

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8. Do you know which pans are equivalent in size and can generally be used interchangeably?

-Two 8 inch round layer cake pans = 9x9x2 inch square pan, 12x8x2 inch rectangular pan or about 24 cupcakes.

-Two 9 inch round layer cake pans = two 8 inch square layer cake pans or 13x9x2 inch rectangular pan.

Baking at home brings everyone to the kitchen. I make them wait until I put the cake on a cake stand, like these featured below, before they dig in. Every day is a day to celebrate.  At home, we celebrated the arrival of spring with a sponge cake and fresh fruit.

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Celebrations at home make memories that last a life time. Happy baking!

Do you have any baking tips? Share with me in the comments below!

Ivy is a decorator and lifestyle blogger at Ivy de Leon. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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