1. Swap water out for Bailey's when you make brownies from a mix.
3. Get a crunchier brownie top by whipping together eggs and sugar.
4. Add espresso and vanilla to chocolate cake mix to enhance the chocolate flavor.
5. Make super-easy cookies with a box of cake mix.
6. If you don't have unsweetened baking chocolate, you can substitute using cocoa powder and oil or butter.
7. Measure by weight instead of cups because it's more accurate and less messy.
8. Add instant pudding mix to cake mix to make it extra moist.
9. Don't poke holes to see if your cake's done; instead, press the cake lightly and it should spring back if it's ready.
11. Frost your cakes smoothly by dipping your spatula in hot water as you go.
The heat will help melt the frosting enough to easily frost the entire cake, and it'll also prevent it from sticking to the spatula.
12. For pastry-making, get some hella cheap marble slabs from Home Depot.
13. If you can, wait a day or at least a few hours to serve fruit pie, since this will allow the filling to completely set (no runny juices).
15. If you're a fan of incredibly yummy frosting, try this small-batch version of Swiss meringue buttercream.
16. Make two versions of ~royal~ icing: one thick for outlining and the other thin for "flooding."
The ingredients for royal icing are meringue powder (or egg whites), milk, confectioner's sugar, and food coloring. The first batch should be relatively thick (be careful with adding milk). Once you're done outlining the cookies, thin the icing with milk and use a piping bag to flood the inner portions of the cookies. Swirl some designs if you'd like! See more here.