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Kitchen HACK: How to DE-CLUMP Sugar FAST


Clumpy, hardened sugar getting in the way? Here's the simple solution to this common baking problem.

Even with the simplest recipes, bakers frequently encounter the same problem: brown sugar that's hardened into a solid, unmeasurable mass. Rather than waste time hacking away at the clumps, consider this easy technique:

The day before you plan to bake, place your brown sugar in an air-tight container. Add a slice of bread to the container and seal. By the time you're ready to start baking, your brown sugar should be softened and ready to use!


Why it works:

The moisture from the bread will seep into the brown sugar over time, leaving the bread stale and the brown sugar clump free!


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  • 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
  5. Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
  6. Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
  7. Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
  9. Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
  10. In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
  11. Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
  12. baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
  13. Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
  14. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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