So, you think you can't do cake decorating and baking without tools and a turntable?
In this article, I'll give you some tips on making creative and fun cakes without the use of tools. The only thing you'll need is your imagination and a little bit of elbow grease.
Having these couple of tips and tricks on how to decorate cakes without using tools or a turntable will ensure your next cake weekend is successful.
Cake Decorating & Baking without Tools and a Turntable
The first step in cake decorating is baking your cakes. This involves placing the batter in an oven and letting it cook while you do other things around the house. The next step is decorating your cakes—using icing, frosting, and other decorations to make them look as pretty as possible before serving them up!
We will review both processes and how you can go through these processes without using tools.
Cake Baking without Oven: Use Microwave
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to bake a cake without an oven, there are a few things you can do. One of these is using the microwave.
- All you need is a microwave-safe pan (most probably a silicone or glass baking mold) and some prepared cake batter.
- Just pour the batter into your pan, and let it heat up in the microwave for around 10 minutes.
- You can check if it’s done by inserting a skewer into the center of the cake: if it comes out clean, then your cake is ready to devour.
- Once your cake has finished cooking, let it rest for 5 minutes before removing it from the pan and cooling on a cooling rack.
It may seem like a bit of work at first, but once you try it yourself, there won’t be any doubt in your mind that microwaving doesn’t just make popcorn—it also makes delicious cakes!
Cake Baking without Oven: Use Pressure Cooker
When you're baking without an oven, the pressure cooker is your new best friend. It's a quick, simple way to bake cakes that are consistently delicious and look beautiful, too. Here's how:
- Place your cake batter in a cake pan.
- Carefully place it inside a pressure cooker and close the lid.
- Make sure there is no gasket between the inner pot and lid—the steam will build up inside and cause the pressure to rise, which will make your cake cook more quickly than usual.
- Let it bake for 40 minutes on low heat.
- Once it's done, open up the lid and see if it's done by sticking a toothpick into it (if it comes out clean, then your cake is ready).
It's that simple! This method works best with chocolate cake, but any type of cake will work just as well. It takes about 30-40 minutes for your cake to bake—but when it does, it'll come out perfectly fluffy and delicious.
Cake Baking without Oven: Use Aluminum Utensil
If you want to bake a cake without an oven, then all you need is an aluminum utensil and a skillet.
- First, grease the aluminum utensil so that the cake batter doesn't stick to it.
- Place the skillet on the stove, then place the aluminum utensil over the skillet.
- Cover the aluminum utensil with a lid, and cook on low-medium heat for 25-30 minutes.
- Use a knife to free your cake from its aluminum utensil so that you can remove it from your cooking vessel on top of a cooling rack.
When cooking with an aluminum utensil, use caution—the heat will be higher than normal, so make sure that any children or pets are out of the kitchen. In addition, the bottom and sides of the pan should always be coated with oil before adding your ingredients so that they do not stick to it later on during the baking time.
Cake Leveling without Cake Leveler: Use Serrated Knife
If you're looking for a way to level your cake without having to buy a cake leveler, try this:
- First, place your cake on a flat plate.
- Then cut horizontally into the cake about an inch or two only.
- Now begin gently rotating the plate while keeping the knife still inside, allowing it to cut into the cake on its own while moving at a constant speed.
Cake Leveling without Cake Leveler: Use Dish Cloth Method
If you just want to flatten the raised dome on the cake, then use this method:
- Dampen a dishcloth or towel with water.
- Take out your cake when it's hot.
- Then place the damp towel or dishcloth over its dome and gently press down on it with a flat and heavy object like a frying pan's base or chopping board.
- The slightly domed cake is fixed.
The process works because hot cakes have less air inside them than cold cakes (they expand during cooking), so when you press down on the dome, the pressure forces out any excess air from inside the shell of your cake. Once this happens, the pressure that was originally pushing up against the sides of the shell will be released—and it will just sit there in its new position.
Cake Decorating without a Turntable: Use Microwave Plate
Cake turntables are great, but there's a way to decorate a cake without one. All you need is a microwave plate and some cake. Microwaves have a glass plate and a turntable ring underneath the glass plate that rotates the glass plate inside the microwave.
- You can remove the glass plate and its turntable ring from the microwave, and place them on a flat surface.
- Then put your cake on top of the plate, and rotate it anyway for cake decoration with the help of its turntable wheels underneath it.
Cake Decorating without a Turntable: Use Lazy Susan
The Lazy Susan is a kitchen tool that you can find in most homes. It's typically used to hold pots, pans, plates, and other kitchen items. But it also has a useful feature: you can use it to shift the position of your cake while it's in place on your turntable.
A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray that consists of several smaller trays stacked on top of each other. The whole thing rotates freely on its axis.
So all you have to do is place your cake on the Lazy Susan's top surface and start spreading an even layer of frosting across the cake's surface by rotating the Lazy Susan in any direction.
Cake Icing without Piping Bag: Use Parchment Paper
You can make a cake piping pastry bag out of parchment paper.
- Fold the parchment paper in half, crease, then unfold.
- Make a cone shape out of the folded side of the parchment paper by folding it back on itself like an envelope; this will form a cone.
- Fill the cone with icing.
- Next, cut a hole on the pointed side of the cone so that it's facing outward and just large enough for the icing to come out of the bag.
- Squeeze and ice as usual!
Cake Icing without Piping Bag: Use Ziplock Plastic Bag
Making a cake piping pastry bag out of a ziplock plastic bag is a great alternative to piping bags.
- First, fill the ziplock bag with whatever frosting or filling you need.
- To make a pastry bag out of a ziplock plastic bag, all you need to do is cut off about 1 inch from one of the bottom corners of the bag.
- You'll want to make sure that the hole in your tip isn't too big or small—you want it wide enough for your icing to flow through but not so large that it leaks out when you squeeze on pressure.
- Pipe away.
Cake Frosting Spread without Spatula: Use Spoon
If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional spatula, then you may need a spoon with a rounded edge and a pointed end. Spoons are not just for stirring, they can also be used to smooth out your icing as well.
To use the spoon, simply scoop up a small amount of icing and then spread it over the surface of your cake. Make sure not to press down too hard on the cake—if you do that, you'll get air bubbles in your icing.
A spoon is easier to maneuver than a spatula, and it allows you to move the frosting in all directions.
Cake Frosting Spread without Spatula: Use Knife
For a frosting that's less likely to clump, you can use a knife to spread the frosting and smooth it out.
To spread frosting without a spatula using a knife, hold the knife at an angle and swipe it across the frosting. This method works best when you are working with small amounts of frosting, as you will need to scrape it up again if you need to use more than one swipe.
The consensus, at least among home bakers, seems to be that tools and a turntable are not strictly necessary when decorating cakes and cupcakes.
That doesn't mean they won't help, but if you're the kind of baker who's more interested in the finished product than creating an iconic cake-decorating experience for everyone else in the world to witness, then you don't necessarily need all of these extra tools and ingredients at your disposal.
The best part about it?
Doing it all without the help of such things means you'll enjoy your time in the kitchen even more!