6 Summer Baking Tips

July 14th, 2015 by Elizabeth Nelson

Summer may be hot, but we still have plenty of reasons to bake here at Wilton. Below, a few tips for making baking in the summer heat a little more bearable.

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1. Know that butter will soften faster

If it’s warm outside, it’s probably also warm in your kitchen. Butter will soften much faster in the summertime, so if you’re working with cookie dough, keep part of your dough wrapped and in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. When you’re decorating (especially with buttercreams that use all or part butter), put your decorating bag down from time to time so the heat from your hands will not melt the icing even more quickly.

 

2. Take advantage of seasonal fruits

Summer produces a bounty of strawberries, peaches, cherries, and other fruits—don’t let the opportunity to use this fresh fruit pass by! Our Strawberry Shortcake is a delicious celebration of sweet strawberries.

 

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3. Start early (or late)

Try to bake in the early morning, or late at night, when it is cooler outside.

 

4. Add ice cream

Make an ice cream cake—it’s a great make ahead treat for a summer party. Or, sandwich ice cream between cookies for a homemade version of the ice cream truck classic.

 

5. Bake smaller treats

If you’re baking for a birthday, consider making cupcakes instead of a layer cake—the cupcakes will bake more quickly, so the oven doesn’t need to be on as long.

 

6. Don’t bake at all!

If you’re really not in the mood to turn on the oven, take heart—it’s still possible to have a no-bake summer treat. Our S’mores Cheesecake is cool and creamy with the classic summer treat flavor. Best part—it doesn’t require an oven!

 

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Elizabeth Nelson Elizabeth Nelson is the Culinary Manager of the Wilton Test Kitchen. A graduate of the University of Missouri and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, she loves developing recipes for Wilton’s product lines and websites, as well as testing out new and existing products in the Test Kitchen. Outside of work, she enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.

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