5 Ways to Save Time When Holiday Baking

2. Think big

While individual muffins and cupcakes are adorable, they often take more active time in the kitchen than their larger counterparts. You can mix a large Bundt cake, pop it in the oven to bake for an hour or so, and go do something else. The same recipe made into muffins takes longer to prepare and requires your attention about every few minutes to check baking or prepare another pan.  You’ll save time by thinking big.  Instead of making 12 cupcakes, make one 8 x 2 round or square cake or one 9 x 5 x 4 loaf cake.

Once baked, dust powdered sugar over the cool Bundt or loaf cake through a sieve.  For a round dessert layer cake, don’t stress about icing it completely. Simply spread icing between the layers and on top, leaving the sides un-iced. Garnish the top layer with a sprinkle of colored sugar for sparkle or a few slivered, toasted nuts.

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