- Food and Cooking
Easy No Bake Cakes. How to Bake a Cake and How to Bake Cupcakes with More Planning and Less Cooking.
Cupcake frenzy has taken the world by storm. Ratings soar on cupcake-themed reality shows. Tourists queue for hours to buy thousand calorie blocks of icing. Cupcake wars are the new office bake-off.
There are lots of books on how to make delicious cupcakes from classic Betty Crocker manuals to the Cake Doctor's newest innovations.
Cupcakes are a seemingly simple dessert, and it should be easy to make simple homemade cupcakes without lots of effort. After all, we're not talking fondant and iced roses. What's in a homemade cupcake but eggs, flour, water and sugar? Any white cake recipe or sponge cage recipe should convert to cupcakes with less water, and most boxed mixes have a suitable cake recipes on the back.
Still, as easy as it is, there's a clear demarcation between the Cupcake Haves and the Cupcake HaveNots.
Island of Misfit Toys
On the Have side, we see red velvet bottoms wrapped in silver foil, topped with perfectly-swirled cream cheese icing - pure decadence to challenge any diet hopes. We may occasionally witness a traditional chocolate, but only of the Black Forest German variety topped with tantalizing piles of caramel icing and sprinkled with silver candy balls. And of course, every holiday season, we can look forward to bunnies, eggs, hearts, turkeys, snowmen, Christmas trees, reindeer, pilgrims, and so forth - a holiday menagerie smorgasbord, like the Island of Misfit Toys, but tastier.
Best Cupcakes Recipe
If you're asking, you are probably a HaveNot. For clarity's sake, look right -->
PieWithSparkles has baking Skillz. I can personally attest to her prowess in transforming sugar, butter and flour into works of art.
These delectable treats are obviously the work of a Have. They're not just stunning. They're not just all-natural (minus the plasticky stabilizers large cupcake outfits use). They're absolutely delicious.
What's on the HaveNot side?
Every other muffin-shaped, cake-flavored concoction haphazardly topped with icing, glaze, sprinkles or squiggles. You know the signs - sunken tops, slathered icing, taste over appearance. Basically, the HaveNots are every cupcake for the 50 years before the cupcake craze turned a classic treat into bake-time torture.
But hark! There is hope.
How Do You Make Cupcakes?
Planning is the essential ingredient for No Bake Cupcakes. Set the stage for Cupcake gods and goddesses (Haves) to showcase their amazing confectionery artistry to a deeply appreciative audience of friends and acquaintances (HaveNots).
1. Plan a party - a real party.
Select a theme, a date and a venue. Even if it's just an hour-long event at your home, remember the festive bits- decorate to match the theme. Pick a dress code (women love suggestions to wear cocktail dresses, men love permission to wear jeans). In short, make the party a distinct event, both notable and noteworthy.
2. Build a guest list.
Include a wide range of friends. Include friends of friends. Capture the widest talent pool possible.
3. Set the Mood
Design an invitation that specifies dress code (cocktail dresses welcome, jeans are awesome too) and most importantly, What to Bring.
"Wine and cheese provided. Additional wine and cheese is welcome. Drinks are always divine. Desserts will make you my hero - especially (homemade) cupcakes."
"Wine and cheese provided. Additional wine and cheese is welcome. Drinks are always divine. Don't worry about cupcakes (unless you're a rockstar) - Rockstar cupcakes rock!"
The Haves know who they are, and will step up to the plate. The HaveNots (i.e. everyone else) are off the hook from providing amazing deserts, and feel perfectly comfortable bringing a bottle of wine, a block of cheese or something adventurous like homemade raspberry syrup or lemon balm syrup for non-alcoholic Italian sodas and cocktails.
"Baking" Cupcakes Tips
These are just the basics. To continue gaining full enjoyment from No Bake Cupcakes, it's essential that you strive for continual refinement and evolution.
- Keep things interesting. Make your party themes novel, not just seasonally-themed. Everyone does Holiday parties. How about a White Elephant party or a Midsummer Night's Dream event?
- Set a challenge. All skilled technicians, including bakers, thrive on challenges to their current skillset. Spend some time talking to your CupCaker. They're probably devising new gluten-free recipes, experimenting with new flavor combinations or otherwise planning to take tastebuds by storm. Plan a party just for them. They'll rise to the occasion and it will be awesome.
- Don't forget about the rest of us. Know a gardener? Plan a garden cocktail party. Know a brewer? Plan a Beer Float party. Know an herb gardener? Plan a cocktail party with a range of simple syrups.
Your friends are more talented than you ever imagined. Present an opportunity for them to excel, and they'll exceed your wildest expectations.