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Making cupcakes without a cupcake pan may seem impossible. After all, isn’t a cupcake pan an important part of a cupcake? It seems like it would be a requirement but it actually is not! You can easily make cupcakes without a cupcake pan and, you actually have options of how to do it! So don’t go running to the store to buy a pan just yet. Instead, try one of the following ways to make…

Where’s your cake pan? Don’t have one? Well, not everyone has the luxury of having a big kitchen with lots of space for all kinds of kitchen equipment. At the same time, even if you do have the space, not everyone wants their kitchen to be packed with tons of different cake pans and kitchen tools. Or maybe you don’t have a cake pan because you just started baking and want to try it out…

Flaky, buttery, melt in your mouth pie crust….nothing can beat it! Every pie needs a perfect pie crust but what are you to do when you are missing some necessary pie crust ingredients? Well, don’t get too distressed about the future of your pie- it will be just fine! There are plenty of ways to make a great pie crust even when you do not have the typical ingredients. Where’s The Fat? Butter is typically…

Aren’t paper cupcake and muffin liners nice? They are so neat, easy to use and they keep your cupcake tin so clean! However, what happens if you don’t have cupcake liners? Is that the end of your muffin and cupcake dreams? No liners, no baking. Not true! You can definitely still make tasty treats in your cupcake tin without paper liners. No problem at all. *Quick Note: Cupcake liners and muffin liners are the same…

Have you ever been craving cake so you pick up a box of cake mix, bring it home, and then decide that maybe, what you really want, is cookies? So now what? All you have is cake mix but your stomach is screaming coooooookies!!! If only there was a way to turn that cake mix into cookies… Well you’re in luck, because there is! Making cookies from cake mix is actually quite easy so sit…

Even as a professional pastry chef and wedding cake decorator, there are many times when decorating a cake seems like a lot of work. You have to make the frosting and get it to the right consistency, occasionally dye the frosting, ice the cake perfectly and then constantly switch pastry tips and piping bags as you painstakingly decorate the cake. Sometimes, you just don’t have time for all that (and sometimes, as much as I…

I have found that whenever I really need to make a cake will coincide with the day that I am out of eggs or butter or milk or another very important ingredient involved in baking a cake. It can never be as simple as whipping up a nice, fluffy cake without any hurdles- there is always, always something missing! Luckily, there are many ways to make cake even if you are missing key ingredients. This…

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