Use Coffee Instead of Water in Your Batter for a Rich, Flavorful Cake

Whatever your stance on cake mixes, you can agree on one thing: they can always stand a little improvement. Thankfully, mixes are incredibly easy to soup up; substitute an ingredient here or add an ingredient there, and you’ll have all the flavor of a homemade cake, with all the ease of a boxed mix. Here are eight awesome ways to make your boxed cake mix taste homemade.

Source: 8 Tricks That Make Boxed Taste Like Homemade

Please warn those to whom you serve the cake that you put coffee in it. It’s a rare sensitivity, but coffee really does make some sick.

Roast Your Pumpkin Pie Filling Before Baking for a More Decadent Pie

I thought I knew pumpkin pie — I mean, you can’t really beat the classic — and then Ruth Reichl comes along and drops this bombshell on me, and now I feel like I’ve been lying to myself about the gloriousness of my pies for years. I would be disheartened if I weren’t so dang excited to bake more pie this Thanksgiving. Enough teasing — here’s what Ruth Reichl has to say on the subject of pumpkin pie.

Source: Ruth Reichl’s Smart Tip for Better Pumpkin Pie

Would making your own purée make up for this, since you roast the pumpkin to begin with?

I think that would replicate the first of the two methods she tested (roasting plain puree). But the point of the second method (the tastier one) is that you mix in the sugar and spices before roasting.