Monday, April 8, 2013

No Mess Cupcakes

Every parent has found themselves tackling the task of cupcake chef and decorator. This job can be made much easier with a few tricks.

Stress Free Tips:
  1. Use store-bought cake mix instead of making your own from scratch. Easy.
  2. Use paper liners in the cupcake pans. Can often find these on sale after the holiday or at craft stores. No Mess.
  3. Once you have mixed the cake, pour batter into a plastic bag and seal. Then cut the corner off for a no mess batter dispenser. Easy and No Mess!
  4. Make decorating easy. 
    • Let your special person select sprinkles and a frosting color.
    • Use store bought icing instead of making your own, add food coloring drops to get the right color.
    • Spread icing with a knife or use a pastry bag if you have one. Just start at the center of the cupcake and work your way out.
    • Apply sprinkles. Pour some sprinkles in a bowl. Hold cupcake over bowl and use a spoon to shake sprinkles on. Tip Cupcake slightly to allow extra sprinkles to fall back in the bowl.
 I usually like to make things from scratch but baking is not my "strong area" in the kitchen.

Know you capabilities and allow yourself a few cheats in life!