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kitchen cam: how to soften butter for baking

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Beating butter with sugar is a key step in so many baking recipes. This process, called creaming, creates air pockets in the butter that give you tender cookies and cakes. But, if your butter is too hard (or too melted), it won't aerate and you may end up with dense desserts. You can leave your butter on the counter until it has reached room temperature, but sometimes even our test kitchen pros forget to plan this far ahead! Here is our favorite speedy way to soften butter for baking.

Ready to put this tip to the test? Read on for a few recipes that depend on the magic of room temperature butter...

Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake (above)

Blackberry Skillet Cake

Peaches-and-Cream Bundt Cake

Glazed Citrus Doodles

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