The Most Popular Cooking Hacks We Learned This Year

Including a genius new way to frost a birthday cake. 

Not all cooking hacks go as planned. But when they do, they can teach you a new technique, and even improve your cooking. See below for our three most popular (and successful) cooking hacks from 2017.

1

Adding Soy Sauce to Your Eggs

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Yes, we recognize that this sounds a little crazy. But by simply replacing kosher salt with soy sauce, the saltiness gets evenly dispersed to ensure every bite of egg is perfectly seasoned. If you’re avoiding gluten, opt for gluten-free tamari. For an additional boost of flavor, finish the eggs with a squeeze of lime and a pat of butter. 


2

Using Coconut Oil in Boxed Cake Mix

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Most boxed cake mixes call for fat in the form of oil. But we replaced the vegetable oil with coconut oil, and it yielded a scrumptious cake. It was extra light and fluffy, and pretty darn close to a homemade vanilla cake. Try the swap the next time a birthday rolls around—it's extra tasty with Funfetti. 


3

Making Chocolate Frosting With Sweet Potatoes

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Photo by Romulo Yanes

This hack will save you come January, when you’re sweet tooth is calling but you’re trying to cut back on dessert. All you have to do is simmer sweet potato puree, remove it from the heat, and add chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. The warm puree will melt the chocolate, creating the consistency of canned frosting. Try it on top of a zucchini sheet cake