Party Tricks

An Ingenious Bonus Use for Your Salad Spinner

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The party problem: You've got to transport a homemade cake, but you don't have a carrier or a box.

The party trick: Use the bowl from your salad spinner — and a plate.

We're all about using kitchen gadgets for as many jobs as possible, and the salad spinner is way more of a multitasker than people realize (see: 10 Alternative Uses for Your Salad Spinner). Perhaps one of its most handy uses — aside from, duh, drying lettuce — is as a cake dome.

Simply center your cake on a large plate, turn the bowl from your salad spinner upside down and put it over the cake. Note: The plate needs to be larger in diameter than the salad bowl (a dinner plate will usually get the job done).

Of course, the bowl can move around a little during transport, so this hack isn't better than a cake carrier, but it's better than nothing (yes, nothing = some toothpicks and some plastic wrap!). Continue to proceed with caution and take comfort in knowing your cake — and professional-like icing job — will arrive intact.

Even if you're not hitting the road with your cake, this salad spinner hack is still a great idea. Just use the bowl to protect your cake during or after a party. Once you've cut a slice or two, this will help keep the remaining cake nice and moist.

Ready to upgrade and buy a cake carrier? We love this one: The Perfect Cake Carrier for Bumpy Journeys (and Small Kitchens)

Have you ever done this? What else do you use your salad spinner for? You know ... aside from spinning salad.