When Baking Bad isn’t an Option
Christmas is around the corner and if there is anything we love more than the warm, cosy feel of the blanket, it’s the cakes that are everywhere in this season.
The confectioners are the busiest people around this time of the year. So, we decided to take a leaf out of their book and share some of the amazing but easy to make…oops, bake cakes. So, take out your baking hats, folks. It’s Christmas time!
1. The Christmas plum cake
Of course, the first on the list is the customary fruit cake that we have every Christmas since before Harry met Sally. This cake is easy to bake and can’t possibly go wrong. The only catch is that it’s best if you bake it a few days early and feed it with rum or brandy regularly for that moist, dark flavour. If you don’t want to use alcohol, cold tea is a good alternative.
The rum/brandy in the cake won’t give you a high. It’s just there for the flavour.
2. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cupcakes
The festive season is all about bright and joyful colours and these little cupcakes make it just a little brighter. These are a favourite especially among the kids but we won’t tell anyone if you can’t resist the temptation as well.
These cupcakes are moist, soft and fluffy. On the top you can use a layer of classic chocolate American buttercream and some scattered pretzel crumbs (smaller is better). Top it off with a chocolate covered Christmas tree pretzel and the décor is complete.
The United States of America and cupcakes share the same year of birth- 1776. A long run for a little guy!
3. Hot chocolate cake
We had to include this in the list because, well, who doesn’t like a chocolate cake? There’s probably no better feeling in the world than the winter gently seeping through your sweaters and the molten chocolate diffusing in your mouth at the same time. Tempting, isn’t it?
The hot chocolate cake takes all of us on a trip down memory lane. Add a layer of marshmallow fluff filling and chocolate frosting for an extra burst of chocolates in the mouth. We promise, your guests will love you.
Chocolates have anti-bacterial properties and can fight against tooth decay. Childhood myth busted!
4. The magic fruit cake
Sounds unbelievable, right? Well, this magic recipe is for all the lazy bums out there who would remember that they have to make a cake just the night before. Listen closely now. Soak a kilo of mixed dried fruits in milk and leave it overnight. Next morning, add some self-raising flour to the mix, put the whole thing in a cake tin and bake it for a little over an hour… And lo and behold, you have got yourself a delicious, light, moist and amazingly flavoured fruitcake. Miracles do happen, eh?
5. Eggless recipes
This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning an eggless recipe. Many people avoid egg owing to various reasons. It wouldn’t be fair if they were denied a slice of cake in the festive season. So, we decided to dig a little deeper and bring out the best substitute for egg which can be used to bake any of the cakes mentioned previously.
While nothing can completely do what an egg does to a cake, there are a few close competitors. Flaxseed meal is the closest with applesauce coming in a close second. You can replace eggs with these and get almost the same flavour out of your cake. Cheers!
Eggless cakes were initially called ‘Depression cakes’ or ‘the poor man’s cake’ as they originated during the Great American Depression of the 1930s when eggs were either very expensive or hard to obtain.
So, what are you still waiting for? Head to your kitchen and don that baking hat. Christmas is coming, remember?
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