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Molly’s Baking Helpful Hints


  • If you plan to freeze spice cake leave the cloves out. Cloves get stronger when chilled.
  • Use the wrappers from butter and shortening to grease cake pans.
  • Sprinkle your cake plate with icing sugar or granulated sugar to keep the cake from sticking to the plate.
  • Dust your cake with powdered sugar before icing to keep icing from running off your cake.
  • A slice of apple under your cake dome will keep your cake fresher.
  • Slice leftover cake into slice and freeze. Take out for lunches.  The cake will be thawed by the time your ready to eat.
  • Before rolling cookie dough chill for ½ hour. This makes it much easier to roll without sticking.
  • For refrigerator cookies chill dough in empty orange juice tubes. The slices will be perfectly symmetrical.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out cookies onto your cookie tins. Your cookies will all be uniform in size.
  • When sprinkling sugar on cookies use an empty salt shaker.

Molly Claus’ helpful hints for organizing a family Christmas

  • Use photos as gift tags for ChristmasChristmasPResent
  • Roll up newspaper and wrap lights around them to store. The lights will remain untangled.
  • Shop early and wrap by the beginning of December. You can then miss the stress of hunting for gifts during the busiest time of the year .
  • For those who are hard to buy for try buying gifts from a charity or donating to a charity in a persons name that suits their personality.
  • Stick to your budget. It is easy to go over your spending limit adding small trinkets to the presents.
  • Buy one gift each month of the year. It stretches the budget out so the bills don’t all come at once.
  • Have a group cookie exchange. Make extra of your cookies and exchange with others for a better variety.
  • Buy a few extras, such as chocolates, just in case you forget somebody or you have unexpected guests arrive bearing gifts.
  • Buy your gifts by mail catalogue or over the internet.
  • If you are cooking dinner at home, delegate tasks. Family and friends would be glad to help.