Budget baking tips: How to make cakes on the cheap

Baking on a budget is much easier than you may think. We've rounded up some of our top budget baking tips so you can cut the cost and save some money. From wine bottle rolling pins to bulk buying, we've got a trick or two when it comes to budget baking...

Budget baking tips

Baking on a budget is much easier than you may think. We've rounded up some of our top budget baking tips so you can cut the cost and save some money. From wine bottle rolling pins to bulk buying, we've got a trick or two when it comes to budget baking...

Baking on a budget is much easier than you may think. We've rounded up some of our top budget baking tips so you can cut the cost of your sweet and addictive hobby.

From flapjacks to muffins, we've all been bitten by the baking bug and as much as we love it, we're the first to admit it can be pretty expensive in the long run.

We're here to help you cut the costs and make the most of what you've already got lying around those cupboards. From wine bottle rolling pins to bulk buying, we've got a trick or two when it comes to budget baking.

Come and click through our top budget baking tips and get saving today...

Weigh ingredients accurately

Weighing your ingredients accurately and following a good recipe will make sure you don't waste anything and that you make a perfect bake everytime.

There's nothing worse than an uncooked cake that ends up in the bin as it didn't rise properly because you didn't put the right amount of baking powder in.

Use what you have already

Budget baking tips

Don't have a rolling pin? Use a bottle of wine instead! Don't have a piping bag? Use a sandwich bag and cut a hole in the corner! Don't have a whisk? Use two forks back to back!

You can see what we're getting at here - you don't have to buy fancy baking tools - you can use what you already have!

Buy in bulk

Budget baking tips

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If you're an avid baker a find yourself reaching for the flour, sugar and eggs every weekend then you might be better to buy in bulk.

Buying some ingredients in bulk, especially the dry ones like flour, sugar and dried fruits etc, is a great way of saving money as they can be stored for months and months and cost next to nothing in the long run.

Bake with friends

Budget baking tips

Have you got friends that love baking as much as you do? Well, invite them over! Everyone can bring a couple of ingredients each and you can take it in turns to host your bake off.

This is the perfect way to have fun and save money too - let the kids have their friends over and you can share all your bakes!

Keep your recipes simple

Budget baking tips

The trick to making sure you don't spend heaps and heaps of money on baking is to keep your recipes simple. http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/130363

Choose classic recipes like Victoria sponge and chocolate cake - one that has basic ingredients that you can use over again. It's no good choosing a fancy recipe with lots of ingredients which you're only going to use once!

Check your cupboards before you shop

Budget baking tips

Planning on having a bakeathon this weekend? Make sure you check your cupboards before you start shopping!

It's best to write down a list of everything that you already have in your cupboards - whether it's half a bag of brown sugar or a pot of sugar strands - if you know what you've got inalready you can work your recipe around it and just shop for the little extras.

Look out for sales and deals

Budget baking tips

Shopping when there's a sale on can sometimes be pretty hectic but if you're trying to save some money when it comes to baking then it's one of your best options - if you're not a fan of the hustle and bustle however, you can shop the sales online!

You can often find so many great deals like 2 for 1 on cupcake cases or half price whisks - there are plenty of reasons why waiting for a sale or hunting high and low for a deal can pay off.

Use your freezer

Budget baking tips

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Your freezer really can come in handy when it comes to baking. If you've got any leftover cake that's not been decorated or iced, or you've got some buttercream left in the bottom of your piping bag - freeze it!

This is a great way of making sure nothing gets chucked away and every last bit of your baking is used up - just remember to label what you freeze otherwise you might end up defrosting white sauce instead of vanilla buttercream!

Read our guide to making the most of your freezer.

Supermarket brands

Budget baking tips

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Sometimes supermarket brands are best. They're much cheaper than buying branded products like flour, sugar, self-raising etc and can save you pennies. Most supermarket brands are good quality too so you won't be able to tell the difference in your bakes - just in your wallet!

See the supermarket value products you swear by!

Mix and match

Budget baking tips

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Don't be afraid to mix and match any of your leftover ingredients. You can mix sugars, swap fruits for your favourites (or more likely, whatever's left in the fruit bowl), and replace some ingredients with others - as long as you've got all the measurements right and the main ingredients are in there, mixing and matching leftovers is a great way to save some money.

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Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.