Food Hacks: Frost That Cupcake (Without a Piping Bag)


When you’re just starting out learning how to cook or bake, chances are you won’t have the fancy tools you see on tv. But is that going to stop you? Hell no! There are so many tricks and hacks out there on how to make do without. And today, I’m going to tell you how to frost that cupcake without a piping bag!

It’s like when you tell yourself you’re going to start working out. But you need the shoes, the leggings, the tops. Suddenly, it’s not that you don’t want to be working out, you just can’t without the right apparel. I say, excuses excuses excuses. And it’s the same with baking.

I didn’t have fancy tools when I started. I still don’t — at LELE’S, we make what we have work for what we want to do. That’s actually a really good life philosophy, I think. Make what you have work for what you want to achieve, don’t wait for the right things to come along. You’ll always have another excuse ready.

So, let’s talk cupcakes. Are you tempted to make your own but the frosting step scares you? (Maybe you’re even tempted to buy one of our Vanilla Cupcake Cake Mix to make them with?), but you don’t have the magical piping bag to make the perfect shape? Well, here are a couple of ways to make the frosting without the need for one:

  1. Use a Knife

The easiest way of adding a perfectly respectable frosting to your cupcake is using a knife. Just take some of the frosting with said knife and place it on top of the cupcake. Then, start turning the cupcake while pushing down with the knife. Adjust at the end to make it even and there you go! You may want to add little sprinkles or chocolate chips to make it a bit more special!

  1. Use a Ziplock Bag

This is my favourite way of making the frosting look pretty. Grab one of those ziplock bags you use to secure your sandwiches or put away leftovers. To make it even easier, place the bag inside a tall glass or container with one corner pointing down. Open it up around the edges to make it stable. Fill the bag with the frosting, then pull it out and press the frosting almost to the chosen corner, leaving one inch or two. Finally, cut a bit of the corner off, depending on the size of the frosting you want to achieve, et voila! You can now gently squeeze the frosting out of the bag on top of your cupcake, making concentric circles for the perfect finish!

Hope you will enjoy these little tricks - let me know how you get on!

Love,

Vxx

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