How to Decorate Invisible Cupcakes
The Art of Invisible Baking and Decoration: Cupcakes
Invisible cupcakes and invisible icing are perfect options for people short on time, dieting, on a budget, away with the fairies, or who hate cooking. Or, like me, aren't too fond of cupcakes (tiny, finicky and far too sweet in my opinion!)
This page was originally intended to describe the art of invisible decoration, but then I discovered an appalling lack of information abounded about the entire culinary subject of invisible cupcakes, and so I have extended the recipes to cover those as well. The benefits cited for invisible icing obviously extend to invisible cupcakes, and one can mix and match.
It's up to you whether one has invisible cupcake and icing , or invisible icing and plain cupcake base. Obviously the former is the fancier option, but if you aren't feeling quite that daring, or really need to use up those plain cupcakes you seem to have on your hands, then plain or flavoured cupcakes with invisible icing will still add that extra flair! Invisible cupcakes and standard visible icing is not, however, recommended.
A minor downside of course is that they won't taste of anything - but if we're being honest, we all know that taste is the least important factor in cupcakes!
The Cake is a Lie - And so are the cupcakes
How To Make and Decorate Invisible Cupcakes - Simple, easy to follow, steps for making and presenting your invisible cupcakes
I am going to assume that you are making the full invisible cupcake - if you are starting with plain cupcakes and simply decorating them with intangible sugars, or see-through sprinkles, or other forms of invisible icing, then skip step one.
Recipe for Invisible Cupcakes
1. Imagine invisible cupcakes.
- Decide what kind of flour and texture they have - whether they are wholemeal, white, organic, stoneground, or any other variation [optional]
- Create any intangible fillings or other additions, such as nuts or chocolate chips [optional]
Select your cupcakes (Invisible or otherwise)
- arrange them in cupcake liners of your choice [optional]
- on a plate or stand that complements the intended setting [optional]
Get out a mixing bowl [optional step]
- add no sugar or flavouring
- mix with dehydrated water
To decorate them, decide what kind of icing they haven't got and what they don't look like.
Ice with the result from the previous step,
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so.— Douglas Adams
The best thing about invisible cupcake decoration is...
Rate the beautiful, tasty and creative cupcakes below!
Which of these four invisibly decorated cupcake designs is the best?
These are 'visible' cupcakes - can you spot the difference? (it is very subtle)
Wonderful for beginners, you can't go wrong!— Someone Important
Presenting the Cupcakes - A must have in the kitchen
Of course, with invisible cupcakes, presentation is a vital ingredient - some might say, the only ingredient. (But people like that are sceptics, who don't understand the true art of creating and icing invisible cupcakes, and we don't pay any attention to them).
But the fact remains. Presentation, as with all baking for social occasions, is an important factor. You must carefully consider the amount of cupcakes you imagine you have, and how you would like to arrange them. Also bear in mind that as they are invisible, greater attention will be focused on the plate or stand, and so that item must be able to stand up to scrutiny.
Consider a beautifully decorated plate, or a graceful stand, such as this one. The pleasing progression of rising circles that reduce in size has a nice abstract effect, and the pure white will not clash with your cupcakes. The simple, yet elegant design is suitable for garden parties, formal dinners and even weddings! Best of all, white goes with most decorating schemes and is equally suitable indoors and out.
If you like fancy invisible icing designs you might also like ... - All this fun cupcake stuff to present your invisible cupcakes in!
Set off your imaginary cupcakes with exotic and bold liners! The dramatic patterns of hot pink zebra stripes, shining foil, cheerful polka dots or delicate white filigrees will balance out the silent negative space of the cupcakes and create interest and satisfy peoples' mental appetite.
But when choosing, remember that the cupcake liners are not as flexible as the invisible decoration and bear in mind the theme of the occasion!
Perfect snack for parties - make a drinking game out of it!— Someone With Great Taste
Benefits of Invisible Cupcake Decoration
More about 'Invisible Cupcake Decoration'
Invisibly iced cupcakes have an enormous number of benefits. You can choose from a wide spectrum of possible colourings, as long as they are out of the visible spectrum (Discworld fans will appreciate octarine icing).
They are light as air, so delicate socialites won't strain their wrists - and in fact, have negative calories, so those delicate socialites will stay delicate! You can even get extravagant with imaginary frosting, intangible icing and see-through sprinkles, and of course, the perennial favourite, transparent topping.
Invisible cupcake decoration is also a safe, easy and exciting activity for children, and can keep them entertained for hours! It's also a wonderful way to introduce them to cooking. It's a no-mess, no-fuss option that creates a highly original dish, that's always in style. You can choose to be as daring or as plain as you like!
And best of all, they are quick and easy - whip them up in seconds, create them as you describe them to your guests (or go for the surprise route and don't describe them at all). Some people have reported wonderful benefits from stress reduction - not only do they relieve the pressure on hosts, but can provide wonderful outlets for long periods of meditation as you consider the perfect invisible decoration.
They're also completely vegan, gluten-free and safe for anyone with food-allergies!
They have a practical use, too - you can use them to help children learn to swim!
Finally, the joy of invisible cupcake decoration is that you can avoid disasters like the wedding cake above - even if your taste is that bad, no one will know!
A great fancy cupcake option for a student on a budget!— The Queen
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Are Invisible Cupcakes Worth Making? - Easy, successful, innovative? Share your opinions here!
What do you think about invisible cupcake decoration?
Awesome recipe! I recommend it!
Cirjan Raluca: Haha, really enjoyed your article!
kimadagem: I think it's a great idea and I love your recipes. I'm definitely going to try them.
mltnpnw: Finally something I can bake from scratch without screwing it up! It's the perfect beginner's recipe.
RoadMonkey: Brilliant! I love it. That's my very next project. :)
Ellen Gregory: It's great -- saves time and there is no clean up
Stephanie Tietjen: Excellent...would be great as a finish to an invisible macaroni and cheese supper
Rose Jones: I am always trying to reduce, this are really for me.
anonymous: What a lifesaver! I was able to create 2 dozen invisible cupcakes, basically out of thin air, and just in time to surprise my children for breakfast this morning. I was just adding the nonexistent nonpareils as they began trooping into the kitchen. Thank you!! :)
yayas: I was so anxious to try this recipe that I quickly learned how little time is involved. I simply thought myself into the kitchen, thought myself through the various actions of building the invisible cupcakes and in the time it took to think myself there and back, I was done. I never even had to leave my chair. Thank you for this very convenient and elegant recipe. I'm sure I'll be making it often.
mockingbird999: Perfect. No calories.
blanckj: LOL! This is great! I may tease party guests and get you UNinvited to successive ones though.
Angela F: I DREAM invisible cupcakes! ;)
iamradiantrose: I think its a fabulous idea...look ma, no calories...and they will never go stale!
Ann Hinds: The boy comes home from school hungry but eats too many starchy foods. The invisible cupcakes would be a great treat. Can you imagine a cupcake after school every day and not have to worry about it? Great idea!
Evelyn Saenz: Great way to celebrate without adding calories. I love the taste and distinction of invisible cupcakes.
Barkely: Sounds like fun! I wonder if they're anything like the invisible cakes I baked when I was a kid?
tdpierceall2002: Clever site. Lots of fun! :)
Darla Dixon: Please pass me another invisible napkin.
PiccadillyPunkin: Invisible cupcakes are on the menu for my next party! My favorite part about them is that each guest can have their very favorite variety!
richDik: These will go well with my "Oxygen Sandwhiches".. you can never have to many:)
Health-Gal: what an excellent idea to give out this year at the company christmas dinner ROFL
anonymous: This is absolutely the way to go! I would be proud to serve these invisible cupcakes any time!
Heidi: LOL, no calories, which makes them perfect for someone on a diet who has an unfortunate sweet tooth! And your imagination really is the limit on this recipe!
anonymous: In my dreams I eat invisible cupcakes all the time.
catherinelovestv: Am just off to decorate my own invisible cup cakes, hope the hubby likes them!
dotvalone: I especially like the icing recipe -- adding dehydrated water.
MagpieNest: Love it. But I have to admit the kids weren't impressed.
ljjones: I have to give you 1,000 points for such a great title. Whether or not you like invisible cupcakes, you have to agree that the title alone catches your eye and make you want to read.
SandyPeaks: Can you use invisible fruit sugar if you're diabetic?
SofiaMann: I think I'll try it immediately. I think the best I've seen in recipes. I laughed so much that I have fear of gaining weight.
tandemonimom lm: I eat an invisible cupcake every day!
Karen: This suits my culinary skills perfectly!
the777group lm: Invisible cupcake decoration is as important as any part of my invisible diet.
angelrose: This is my kind of diet food!
Jimmie Lanley: This is so fun. My favorite part was voting on my favorite image! LOL
teamlane: Works for me! Love the calories!
callinsky lm: I think I can taste them if I imagine them enough.
Othercatt: This is just what I need with my current diet.
Genesis Davies: Love it! All my friends are on diets, so these are perfect. And, I have a friend who complains whenever we make anything chocolate, so this way I can just tell her it's vanilla, even if I made chocolate and she'll never know the difference.
TheJVilleKid: The BEST ever!
BuckHawkcenter: I am all about ease when cooking and entertaining, ergo invisible cupcakes and invisible icing are perfect for me!
Nan: This is the sort of cake even I could bake!
ThomasC: nice recipe!
phapalla101: Mmm. Delicious.
Samantha Devereux: Right on, No mess!
the777group lm: Invisible cupcakes will have to be served when the Tea Party eventually winds down.
Sue Dixon: I'm actually not much of a cupcake fan usually, but your could just change my mind.
Emily Tack: Wonderful! We used to be so "broke", we ate a lot of invisible cupcakes, but we couldn't even afford the invisible decoration...we ate 'em plain. Your recipe for them is sooo simple to follow. Going to "spread it around" - the invisible icing you know, because this lens is going to make a lot of people that I know - laugh. 5*s
starlitparlit: The invisible cupcake is an adorable idea. I would recommend it to anyone to at least give it a try :)
Carol Goss: I would love to make some for myself since i love cupcakes. These would be perfect for watching my weight lol
Kathy McGraw: What a wonderful activity with my Grandkids...I don't even have to go to the store :)
HorseAndPony LM: I love it. I am not very talented in the baking department but I think I would be amazing at this.
justholidays: Here's my decision: noone will never get anything else BUT invisible cupcakes at my parties and/or dinners! These invisible cupcakes are the best cupcakes to serve when one is a worse cook and baker; and I'm one! This invisible cupcake recipe is the best one for a worse cook and/or baker. I definitely love your cupcakes. Thanks for the recipes, I'm going to put into action right now!
I would never present invisible cupcakes at any party of mine!
Thelma Alberts: I have not heard of an invisible cupcakes before. This is funny. I just imagine baking an invisible cupcakes. LOL!
Debbie: their great if you're a messy cupcake like me. When I'm at a party and they're serving invisible cupcakes I don't have to worry about washing my face because nobody can see the icing all over me. It's iffy if someone goes to shake my hand. Then there's icing on that persons hand and it can get a little crazy!
Marc: They're all well and good, but problem is, when I serve them, they disappear in minutes...I'm forever spending and buying more and more...
Wonder-V: Honestly, the saddest thing I can possibly imagine is a paper cupcake cup full of no cake! I just shudder at the thought! So sad...... LOVE the creativity of your lens, however!
miaponzo: NOPE.. but cute lens!
anonymous: its good if your on a diet and want a cupcake but they have no true purpose
emmaklarkins: I love visible cupcakes too much!
VBright: I have to see! (and taste) it to believe it
Wendy Henderson: I think my kids would be disappointed if they didn't get the sugar.
Virginia Allain: my friends are too fond of sweets and calories. I don't think they would take to invisible cupcakes.
KangarooJase1: Simply because you know that EVERYONE is going to try yours to see if they can improve on THEIR recipe, just to say behind your back, that THEIRS is better tasting, and I don't like that idea.
Treasures By Brenda: I would never present invisible cupcakes at any party of mine because my guests might go home feeling they'd missed out on something...
A safe and fun activity to interest your kids in cooking!— Not A Kid
An Invisible Cupcake Photo: a photo of the first invisibly iced cupcake created by Theraggededge
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Note to self...
- Pick up some fresh air from the village to lighten the cupcake mix.
- Find last batch of invisible cupcakes (close eyes and point? Need to work on this)
- Find cat.
- Feed cat. (NB effect of invisible cupcakes on cats? more research needed)
More Easy Cupcake Recipes! - If invisible cupcakes aren't your style, try something a bit more tangible!
Suitable for the guy who wouldn't be caught dead with fancy pink icing!
Keep your invisibly iced cupcakes awake from your LolCat. Invisible food is irresistible to them and if they get their paws on your invisible cupcakes, not only will the cupcakes disappear (even more) but your house will be the scene of permanent contamination from the dreaded...
LOLCAT WITH INVISIBLE [fill in blank here] meme
Do your bit to Prevent Lolcat World Domination. Keep your invisible cupcakes safe.
Videos of Invisible Cakes - The invisible cooking movement is increasing in visibility!
Invisible Cupcakes aren't well known yet, and so are still an interesting novelty, but invisible cakes have been around for a while. While you may not always see them at your local cake shows, rest assured that certain groups have been agitating to give them a place in the public eye.
An Invisible Cupcake Story - All cupcakes truly seek to become invisible
Well, you found the invisible quiz - did you manage to answer it?
What did you get?
Guestbook - What's your favourite kind of invisible cupcake?
Above is a sketch of the final results of some invisible cupcakes I threw together for this page. I hope you like them! And please, if you try your hand at this recipe, come back and show me your cupcakes!
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