Easy ways to bake a cake without a cake pan

Easy Ways To Make A Cake Without A Cake Pan

Where’s your cake pan? Don’t have one? Not everyone is lucky enough to have a big kitchen with lots of equipment; but that shouldn’t stop anyone from baking. Should it? You might’ve just started baking and want to try it out before buying a pan. Or  you might just wanna save some money! Either way, there’s a lot of easy ways to make a cake without a cake pan, so its time to think about what to use instead of a cake pan.

Make a cake pan out of aluminium foil

Did you know you can make a reusable cake pan completely out of foil?

The trick’s to draw the outline of any shape that you want by folding foil to create the walls of the pan. You’ll then need some more foil to cover the outline and the bottom of the pan. Just like that, you can make any shape and size cake pan!

This trick is a great way to save space as well as lots of money!

Make a sheet pan

Using a sheet pan to bake your cake is by far the easiest and quickest way!

The ideal sheet pan for making a cake would be flat and have sides that are at least 1 inch high. As long as the height of the sheet pan is at least i inch, the rest of the dimensions don’t matter, if you have a smaller or larger pan, you’ll just have a smaller or larger cake!

Using a sheet pan your cake might not be as pretty; but compared to the other ways, it sure a lot easier!

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Make a pull apart cake

Making a pull apart cake is another great way to get the job started without a cake pan.

Making a pull apart cake requires a few little steps:

  1. use the cake batter to make cupcakes instead
  2. once the cupcakes are cooled make the shape of the cake you want using them. ( Could be a circle, heart … anything!)
  3. place a big scoop of frosting on top of all the cupcakes
  4. use a spatula to evenly spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes connecting them

By icing the cupcakes as one rather than individually, they look like a cake and your pull apart cake is complete!

However, you can pull one cupcake from the bottom and free it from the rest and eat it. Get it…pull – apart cake!

 

See! It wasn’t that hard. All you had to do was think outside the pan!

 

Red velvet cake

How To Store A Cake Overnight

Well done! You baked a cake! You can eat it all right now, but if you want to save some for later and don’t know how; we’ve got the right answer for you. These methods work for any type of cake; layered cakes, tiered cakes, sliced cakes and frosted and unfrosted cakes too! Here are some of the best methods on how to store a cake overnight.

But first, Do I Need To Refrigerate My Cake?

A lot of the time, the answer is no. Most cakes are perfectly fine at room temperature for up to three days. Refrigeration is needed if your kitchen is hot throughout the day, your cake won’t be served for another three days, or the cake has a fresh fruit filling or topping, or whipped cream frosting.

If you do decide to refrigerate, wrap the unfrosted cakes or cupcakes in plastic to keep them from absorbing any weird fridge smells and to stop them from drying out; then unwrap them to warm on the counter before serving. For frosted cakes, chill the cake uncovered for 15 minutes, then wrap it in plastic wrap.

cupcakes in container

Tip: Buttercream frosting lasts the longest outside the fridge!

How To Store Cake Layers

When storing your cake layers cover them in glad wrap making sure all of the cakes surface from top to side and bottom is covered. If you don’t have glad wrap, an alternative is zip lock bags; normal plastic bags can’t work because they don’t seal %100 of the air out. At room temperature, these cakes will last a week before they start to go stale on you (oiled cakes last 1-2 days longer than butter based ones). However, freezing cakes works for up to 3 months! This works for cupcakes too!

How To Store A Frosted Cake

Frosting is like a protective barrier for the cake, so theres no need to wrap frosted cakes in plastic. However, cover your cake with a cake keeper or an upside down bowl to keep it safe from dust, hair and other things that are in the air. A frosted cake lasts 5-6 days at at both room temperature and in the fridge.

Vanilla Cake

The Best Way To Store Cut Cake

As soon as you make the first cut, the moisture starts to escape making the cake stake quicker. There are two solutions to this problem. The first method is to cover the cut with frosting which might not work in some situations which is why the second method is to cover both sides of the cut with glad wrap. Cut cakes last a little shorter, being up to 4 days.

Now that you know how to store a cake overnight and even longer, its time to get to work!

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Buttercream Frosting

Does your buttercream turn out too hard or too runny? Or is your frosting filled with air bubbles? Well lucky you; because we’re here to help! Making your own homemade buttercream frosting is a great way to add texture and flavour to your cakes and cupcakes; but even the smallest mistake in the process it can all fall apart. Thankfully, with these buttercream frosting tips and tricks you’ll be on your way to ice every cake that comes your way!

How To Thicken Your Buttercream Frosting

Adding flavour and texture to your buttercream sure can be a great option; however too much liquidity can cause your buttercream to soften. The easiest way to thicken your frosting is to add confectioner’s sugar one tablespoon at a time. If you want to add flavour to your frosting, the best way is blend or extract the juice from fresh produce and only use a small amount.

Another reason for runny frosting could be that the butter is too warm to start with or the kitchen is too hot. Too much heat in the butter or the atmosphere causes separation. Turn your oven off and make sure the room isn’t too hot so the butter doesn’t seperate. If the buttercream is still runny, stop mixing, chill the bowl and paddle for 10 minutes until the mixture solidifies a bit; then continue whip.

Adding too much sugar can change the flavour of your frosting; so make sure you taste as you go!

How To Thin Out Your Buttercream Frosting

Opposite to thickening, the key to thinning out your frosting is adding more liquidity. To thin out frosting, mix in milk or cream one tablespoon at a time till you reach your desired consistency.

However, if your cake or cupcakes are going to be out of the fridge for more than a day its best to make a thicker frosting.

How Long Can You Leave Buttercream Frosting Out For?

Unlike other frostings, buttercream can be left out for as long as two days!

If the frosting has cream cheese, its best to be refrigerated at all times for it to be safe to eat. Any frosting that contains milk will spoil quickly, so its best  to refrigerate it after a few hours.

Vanilla Raspberry Celebration cake

Will Buttercream Frosting Melt At Room Temperature?

When buttercream is left out at room temperature a thin crust is formed on the outer layer while the inside is nice and smooth. To prevent your frosting from melting, make sure the room temperature is not too hot. If the temperature is too hot the frosting will start to run. An example of crusted buttercream is visible on our Vanilla Raspberry Celebration Cake.

We hope that these tips and tricks have given you some knowledge to start with!

What buttercream frosting tips and tricks do you have to share with us? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas

Christmas is by far the happiest and most exiting part of the year around the world. Family and friend reunions, music, food and of course decorations everywhere! Sweets play a big role in celebrating Christmas, and so does decorating them correctly. Christmas sweets can be anything from cookies and cupcakes to a gingerbread house or even a cake! Here are some great natural Christmas decoration ideas for you to use this year!

Fruit Decorations

Fruits are a great choice because when using them you have a wide range of colours and flavours to work with.

Some great options are pomegranate seeds, berries, or cherries. Most of the time the type of decoration used depends on the flavour of the cake. a popular Christmas cake is the black forest cake which uses cherries as the main decoration. Pomegranate seeds are a great choice too.  They can cover the top of the cake while they can also be sprinkled around the edges or the middle.

Flower Decorations

Flowers are great at bringing out the colour and tone. While they come in hundreds of coloursand shapes red or white ones are best for Christmas. Poinsettia is a Mexican flower which is popular for decorating Christmas sweets. The poinsettia can be on top of a cupcake as a design. Whereas for cakes it would look better all around the edges or as a bunch in the corner or on the middle of the cake. Another option could be rosebud which isn’t as red but still does the job.

Chocolate Decorations

White or normal chocolate not only adds a good flavour but also has a classic and rich look.

Chocolate can either be a single block on top of a cupcake or for a bigger look a whole or broken bar on top of a cake. For example a good treat to use chocolate when decorating is a red velvet cake or red velvet cupcakes.

Other types of chocolates can be used too but white or plain milk chocolate are the classics.

Now that you have some natural Christmas decoration ideas its time to bring your imagination to life!

Most importantly, remember to have fun! A lot of it!

Origin And Use Of Pistachios In Cake Baking

Where Do Pistachios Come From?

Pistachios are one of the tastiest yet most expensive type of nuts in the world! So where do they come from? For a starter, pistachios are a part of the cashew family, which means they grow on trees! Pistachio trees grow in dry lands and warm climates and are indigenous to Iran! These precious nuts have been around since 6750 BC; that’s a very long time! Baklava, halvah, and ice cream are just a few of the desserts that have pistachios. Pistachio seeds are rich in protein, fat, dietary fibre, and vitamin B6.  Now that’s enough nut talk, so here is the origin and use of pistachios in cake baking!

How Are Pistachios Used In Cakes?

Pistachios can be a decoration on the cake or a be inside the batter of the cake.

Pistachios as a Decoration

Persian Love Cake - Rosewater Cardamom

Usually, cakes that are based on nuts or middle eastern flavours have pistachios. There are several ways to decorate with pistachios, including using the pistachio whole, crushing it, or just halving it.

For example, the Persian Love Cake’s decoration is a mixture of crumbled pistachios and rose petals; and this is a  great option because it is easy to pair with many other colours.

Whole pistachios are a fantastic choice to pair with other whole items on a cake such as walnuts, berries or even frosting! Pistachios are amazing to use because of their colour and flavour that go well with almost anything!

Pistachios in the Cake

The only way to use pistachios inside a cake batter is to c

rush them; and even though whole or halved pistachios add a stronger texture and more crunch the best option is to crush them.

Adding pistachios to your cake not only adds a crunchy texture, but it’s also good because of

its nutritional benefits! When buying a cake, it’s important to know that it will cost more since pistachios are quite expensive.

Authentic cakes such as a Persian Love Cake or a Matcha Vanilla Cake have crumbled pistachio in the batter which helps build that texture.

How Do We Use Pistachios?

At Azidelicious, our goal’s to make premium cakes, so as a premium ingredient pistachios are perfect for the job! Pistachios are one of the main ingredients in our authentic cakes and cupcakes and help bring out the texture and beauty of our products!

Now that you know a little bit about the origin and use of pistachios in cake baking, its time to get baking!

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Best Cake Decorating Tools For Beginners

A baker is no good without their tools, right? Well now that you’ve learned about some ways to decorate cakes, it’s time to build your arsenal of baking essentials. There’s no need to stock up on every decorating tool out there. With a few basic items, you can quickly level up your dessert game. Here is our guide to the best cake decorating tools for beginners!

Decorating Turntable

Crop unrecognizable confectioner standing at table while making delicious cake placed on white table in light kitchen

On the multi-purpose turntable, you can ice, decorate,  and serve your cakes. This tool is ideal for icing smooth edges or piping borders on your cake. Most turntables have a non-slip base which keeps your cake in place as you work.

Icing Smoother

Give your cake a clean finish with the icing smoother. This tool is a stainless steel blade which helps you master your icing edges every time!

Piping Set – Bags and Nozzles

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Piping sets come with a variety of different shapes and size nozzles. Along with the nozzles, comes piping bags. There are two types of piping bags, reusable and disposable. Disposable bags are easier to work with while reusable ones are best for the environment.

Cake Lever

When making a layered cake, the lever does its job by making sure every cake layer is consistent and even. Good levers come with an adjustable blade which makes your job easier.

What Tools Do We Use?

Because of the range of cakes we have, at Azidelicious we use lots of different tools to help us decorate our cakes to our best ability. Some of the basic tools we for almost every cake are things such as the lever, turntable or the icing smoother. For our more advanced cakes such as the two tier orange blueberry or two tier chocolate cake we use most of the basic tools, only in larger sizes.

Now that you know some of the best cake decorating tools for beginners its time to roll your sleeves up and get baking!

 

 

 

 

Ways To Decorate Cakes And Cupcakes

Decorating is something that brings joy and excitement to many peoples lives. Every event needs decorating; Birthdays, Anniversaries and many more, however in the baking industry, decoration is key to EVERYTHING! Think about it. You have a choice between a plain boring mud cake and the same cake but this time with flowers and candies on top. I’d choose the second option too. This brings us to the next point which is that every decoration suits a different type of event. It can be a birthday party, religious event or anything else! Here are some ways to decorate cakes and cupcakes.

Layer Persian Love Cake

Cakes

To begin with we’ll be looking at ways to decorates cakes which are often used in important events and need to be decorated with something special. I’m talking about something majestic and rich, like roasted nuts! Or chocolate drip! Or flowers! They all sound pretty fancy don’t they? All these decorations will add colour and life to your cake. For example, one good way to decorate a cake using simple items is by glazing chocolate over the top and finishing with strawberries as seen on our chocolate strawberry cake. This combination creates a very beautiful colour tone. Some other simple but beautiful decorations are flower bunches or candies which can really bring colour and spirit to your cake. An example of this is seen on the layered Persian love cake.

Cupcakes

Lastly, some tips on how to decorate cupcakes and some recommended ingredients to decorate with. Since cupcakes are much smaller than cakes it is best to decorate them with more solid items such as chocolate cubes or fresh fruit pieces instead of crushed nuts or chocolate glaze/drip. You can also use items such as fresh berries, buttercream frosting or even dried up rosebud!

 

Our ways to decorate cakes and cupcakes

Refreshing Mix Assorted cupcake box

At Azidelicious, all of our decorations are natural and we avoid using any items with food colouring which is why We decorate most of our cakes with flowers or chocolate glaze and we use fresh berries, buttercream frosting or rosebud for our cupcakes. For example, the refreshing mix assorted box is a great example of how to decorate cupcakes. This box uses lots of natural ingredients like rosebud, pistachios and fresh berries.

 

Hope these tips helped, and remember that there is always a healthier option!

 

 

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Cupcakes for the Bride and Groom

Cupcakes for the Bride and Groom

Getting married is one of the most important events throughout life. Marriage is a union, a bond; and most importantly a life’s worth path ahead of two people who are going to be side by side forever. Obviously it is VERY important to celebrate your marriage the right way!

Food is an important aspect in a wedding. Wedding food consists of snacks, main course, side dishes and dessert. Each one of these food categories play an important role in a wedding, and without one, the others won’t work out!

Lets have a closer look at each one of these food categories!

Snacks – snacks or finger foods play quite an important role, this is because they help avoid having hungry guests before the main courses and they’re a great way to keep the guests entertained. These snacks can be homemade or store-bought; some common ones are kebab skewers, chips or even popcorn!

Main course – the main course can probably be classified as the most important meal of the wedding. Your main course can depend on the wedding theme or your personal choice. There is an extremely vide range of main courses to pick from. Larger choices could be steak or pork chops, while smaller options include sandwiches and salads.

Dessert – last but not least, dessert! No wedding would be complete without one , so it’s important to choose the right dessert. When it comes to picking a dessert, most people tend to buy a wedding cake, however there are always other choices such as cupcakes, pavlova…

Wedding cupcakes – Cupcakes for the bride and groom

Cupcakes are a great option for desserts or even snacks in a wedding. Cupcakes are extremely convenient for a wedding since they are easier to serve, and the quantity can be exact. At Azidelicious, we give you the choice to choose from a range of natural healthy cupcakes for your wedding.

Perhaps, your looking for cupcakes with no frosting, or with frosting, or a mixture of both! We provide all those options with products like the Pistachio Rosebud, Choco Rose, or Love Box!

Celebrate your wedding the right way!