Probably one of the best baking tips I can give you involves butter. A good portion of baking recipes call for softened butter. Please, Please, PLEASE resist the urge to let the stick of butter sit on your counter overnight or *shudder* microwave it. By doing the latter you’re actually breaking the butter down and making the butter unbalanced.. meaning the balance between solids and fats. It’s doesn’t affect the chemical composition but it doesn’t distribute evenly into your recipe.
From now on do this… it’ll make a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in your baking!
Take a stick (or however much your recipe calls for) and put it in the freezer until frozen solid. Next, get out your box grater with large holes or your food processor with the shredding blade (large holes) and grate the frozen stick. It may take some arm muscles if doing it by hand but the end result is incredible.
Now if you bake a lot like me, grate a few sticks keeping them in marked baggies or what not in the freezer.