How to Bake a Cake: Your Ultimate Guide

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As Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” And how true! Learning how to bake a cake, even a simple one is your gateway to make any gathering—whether it’s a birthday, graduation party or just a weeknight dinner—into a celebration.

You can make these celebratory desserts at home easily. Just check out our essential techniques, homemade cake recipes and must-have gear to get started. Soon, all your gatherings will be celebrations.

Hey, baker! Come on over to Bakeable, our online baking community,
where you’ll find our best tips and top-rated recipes. Then, share your bakes in our Bakeable Facebook group. We’d love to see ’em.

How to Bake a Cake from Scratch

While there are so many cake recipes out there, there’s nothing like mastering a

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I Moved During the Pandemic, and Here Are My Top 12 Tips to Guide You Through

worldwide pandemic? Yeah . . . it’s not great. The mess that ensues from packing up an entire life into boxes sometimes feels insurmountable, and once it’s all in the new place, the reorganizing seems never-ending. Not to mention scheduling the movers or renting the U-Haul, setting up a moving-out and moving-in time if apartment buildings are involved, and doing all of this in a way that keeps within COVID-19 preventative measures for both your safety and whoever helps you with the move. I already went through it, and if you’re gearing up for a similar move amid COVID-19, I have some advice.” data-reactid=”23″Moving is already one of the most stressful things you can do, but when you add in a worldwide pandemic? Yeah . . . it’s not great. The mess that ensues from packing up an entire life into boxes sometimes feels insurmountable, and once it’s

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The ultimate buying guide for reusable face coverings

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

As well as on public transport, face coverings are mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. As well as in the indoor settings where you are unlikely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, including cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship.

People who don’t wear a mask face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

On 13 August, Boris Johnson announced that tougher penalties

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Your ultimate guide to staying safe as lockdown eases

iStock/The Independent
iStock/The Independent

On Saturday 4 July the government took the biggest lockdown-easing steps yet: pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, barbers, art galleries, museums and more, were allowed to open in England for the first time in more than 100 days.

There are a few places still outright banned from opening – most notably nightclubs and dance halls – but overall life has started to feel a little more normal, with more venues, including casinos, indoor theatres, skating rinks, bowling alleys and indoor play areas, allowed to reopen from Saturday 15 August. This is despite ongoing protests from some scientific experts over moving to the next phase of lifting.

In a bid to keep us as safe as possible all of these environments will have new rules – things like social distancing, booking ahead, and wearing face coverings. It will take some time to adjust to the new way of doing things.

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A Detailed Guide For Where To Buy Your Next Rug Online

Just like building a house, great interior design starts with a strong foundation — and a strong foundation often starts with a rug. In a digital era marked by the overabundance of choice, making such weighty decor decisions online instead of in-store can feel overwhelming. We may not be interior decorators but we’re pros in navigating the vast world of e-commerce, so we’re here to help you along your virtual rug journey.

There’s a lot to consider when picking out your floor art (yes, that’s what we’re calling it). In addition to selecting the right texture, thickness, and consistency, you also want to keep color palette and even country of origin in mind. Whether you’re going for dreamy bohemian or contemporary cool, your rug of choice wields the power to make or break a space’s design aesthetic — it pulls enough weight to dictate how your furniture is arranged. To

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Everything you need to start cycling: A beginner’s guide

From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn't leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock
From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn’t leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock

If you’re feeling a little restless with your exercise regimen and want to try something new, try cycling.

Not only will it keep you fit, but it’ll also help you get the most out of your time outdoors and explore your local area.

Sam Jones from Cycling UK told The Independent: “Cycling remains one of the best in terms of safely maintaining social distancing.”

Aside from a form of exercise, as lockdown restrictions ease and people start returning to work, cycling is also being encouraged by the government as a better mode of transport – along with driving. It’s a good way to avoid coming into close contact with people as people do on buses, trains and Tubes.

As part of the government’s plans to boost

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Safety Rules: CR’s Guide to Decks

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Your deck is probably getting a good workout during this summer of staycations. It’s where you grill and dine and relax with family, sure, but you might also be using it as your gym, camp-craft studio, and even your remote office. So you want to make sure it’s safe. 

Collapses and failures of decks, porches, and balconies accounted for about 2,900 injuries between 2016 and 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. “You may think all your deck needs is a power-wash and stain every year or so, but a safety check should be part of routine maintenance,” says Don Huber, Consumer Reports’ director of product safety.

Here’s how to make over your deck for safety, including how to find and fix structural problems and prevent injuries. We’ve got some simple tips for making your deck more cozy, too.

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The ultimate guide to reusable face coverings as England changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 24 July, face coverings have been mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

Boris Johnson announced an extension to these rules in a government briefing on 31 July. From 8 August, face masks will become compulsory in more indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet,

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