Keep your cooking spray close the next time your cake or cookie recipe calls for a sticky ingredient, because that’s the key to an effortless cleanup once the treats are in the oven. “First, use nonstick cooking spray on your utensils and measuring cups,” Nancy Goss shared with Taste of Home. “You’ll be surprised how easily everything comes off later.”
This trick is for more than just cleanup as well. As noted by Kitchn, the sticky ingredient “will literally just slide out” of the measuring cup when pouring it into the bowl, ensuring that the proper amount gets added into whatever recipe you’re following. This is especially important when it comes to baking, as even the slightest deviation in measurements can be the difference between a picture-perfect cake or a major baking fail (via Food Network).
There are a few other methods for ditching the mess when measuring out sticky ingredients as well. As suggested by Cuisine At Home, lining your measuring cups with plastic wrap is another option that makes for an easier cleanup. The publication also proposes dipping your measuring spoons in hot water before measuring out an ingredient like honey to prevent sticking.