5 Birthday Cake Hacks
SUNDAE SLICE.Add a bit of DIY fun by letting your birthday party guests customize their own cake slices. Simply set out extra toppings like chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, extra whipped cream and chopped nuts—and let them go wild!
PARTY POP.To add color and flavor to your frosting, use flavored gelatin. Fun flavor combinations to consider are coconut cake with lime gelatin frosting, or vanilla cake with strawberry gelatin frosting.
MAKE A SPRINKLE MEDLEY.To really make sprinkle designs pop, mix several types together for a festive confetti look.
When celebrating a birthday, the only thing that gets more attention than the guest of honor is the cake. Whether you are making one to serve at a simple celebration or a blowout bash, here are 5 birthday hacks so clever, we think they…well…take the cake!
MAKE YOUR CAKE IN A MIXING BOWL
Forget the time-consuming four-layer cake! Make a drama-free dome cake in an oven safe mixing bowl instead. You’ll get a perfectly shaped, high-topped cake that can be decorated in dozens of creative ways. Frost it like a disco ball, beach ball or igloo. Or turn it into a clever Watermelon Cake. There are so many fun possibilities!
- What You Need: One PYREX® SMART ESSENTIALS® 2.5-QT MIXING BOWL,
a second large mixing bowl, 1 cake mix plus eggs, water and oil called for on the cake mix box.
- What to Do: Grease Pyrex® mixing bowl with nonstick baking spray. In the second bowl, prepare the cake mix as directed; pour batter into prepared bowl. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes; carefully invert onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting and decorating.
MAKE A NO-BAKE ICE CREAM CAKE
Make an ice cream cake in minutes by stacking ice cream sandwiches on top of each other, frosting with whipped topping and decorating with sprinkles. Boom! The easiest birthday cake in the world.
- What You Need: A 12-count box of ice cream sandwiches, an 8-oz container of whipped topping, 2/3 cup hot fudge sauce and rainbow candy sprinkles.
- What to Do: Line a BAKER’S SECRET®ESSENTIALS LARGE LOAF PAN with cooking parchment paper. Arrange a single layer of ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the pan. Spread with a thin layer of whipped topping, then add a second layer of ice cream sandwiches. Repeat with hot fudge and a third layer of ice cream sandwiches. Cover pan with plastic wrap; freeze for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and invert cake onto a serving platter. Drizzle with more hot fudge and decorate with sprinkles. Cut into slices.
BAKE A BATCH OF BIRTHDAY PANCAKES
You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to bake the perfect birthday cake. Turn cake mix into a plate of party pancakes and start the day off right. Don’t forget to press a few colorful candles into the stack before serving!
- What You Need: 1/2 cup vanilla cake mix, 1-1/2 cups pancake mix, 2 eggs, 1-3/4 cups milk, 1/4 cup melted butter and candy sprinkles.
- What to Do: In a large bowl, stir cake mix, pancake mix, eggs, milk and butter until smooth. Fold in sprinkles. Pour batter into a BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIALS BATTER DISPENSER; for each pancake, squeeze about 1/4 cup batter onto a nonstick griddle heated over medium heat. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Serve topped with whipped cream, ice cream or syrup.
MAKE THE BEST FROSTING EVER
If you’ve ever made a beautiful cake, only to get sidelined by a batch of too-sticky (or too-soft) icing, this quick trick is a lifesaver. Pro-looking whipped frosting is as easy as adding gelatin to the mix. You’ll get a batch of stabilized frosting that stays in place until you’re ready to serve.
- What You Need: 1 teaspoon gelatin powder, 4 teaspoons cold water, 1 cup tablespoon whipping cream (at room temperature) and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
- What to Do: In a small saucepan, stir together gelatin and cold water; warm over medium heat just until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat; cool but do not allow it to set. In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream and powdered sugar until slightly thick. Slowly add cooled gelatin mixture, beating until fluffy. Spread on your cake with a BAKER’S SECRET®ESSENTIALS 9″ MINI ICING SPREADER.
You don’t need to fuss with fondant to add a decorative touch to your cake. Grab a cute cookie cutter, place it on top of your frosted cake and fill the shape with sprinkles. You can add designs instantly with this easy technique.
- What You Need: A cookie cutter and candy sprinkles.
- What to Do: Immediately after frosting your cake, press the cookie cutter onto the top of the cake; shake sprinkles inside the cutter. Once the design is covered in sprinkles, gently lift the “stencil” to reveal your custom design!