With a wide variety of colorful and delicious desserts available everywhere, many of us don’t even try to make our own treats. However, when you have a child in the house, you can’t buy all those sweet treats loaded with refined sugar, syrups, vegetable oils, fats and other nasties. Every time my niece spends a weekend with me, I know I should make lots of tasty but healthy desserts. I’ve tried and tested tons of different tricks. Some of them are ridiculous and silly, while others are like a magic wand. If you are curious to find out some of my favorite dessert tricks that I swear by, keep on reading.
1. Waffle iron brownies
Baking a tray of brownies in the oven is a time-consuming process. I make my brownies in a waffle iron to save time and create quick yet tasty treat in a matter of minutes. Waffle iron brownies are perfect for breakfasts and brunches. You can make them each day instead of storing that tray of brownies and worrying about how to eat them all.
2. Moist cake the next day
It’s hard and time-consuming to make a fresh cake each day. I keep my cake in the fridge for 2-3 days and it still tastes like it’s just out from the oven – the only difference is that it’s cold. The trick is to cover the cut part of your cake with any bread slices and fix them with toothpicks. Your cake is moist and delis, while your bread slices are stale and hard. If you keep your cake in the fridge more than a day, use fresh bread slices again.
3. Perfect cake slices
Need to cut perfect slices of cake? No worries, ladies. Grab your dental floss and let it do its work. Make sure your dental floss is unflavored and waxed, otherwise you can spoil your cake’s taste. I don’t know if I’m the only one who thinks a perfect slice of cake tastes a lot better, but I don’t think I am. Use this trick to impress your guests with your expert cake cutting skill. You can use a dental floss for cutting cheesecakes as well.
4. Marshmallow frosting
Whether you are making spiced pumpkin cupcakes or unusual birthday cake, use marshmallows instead of your regular frosting. Not all of us have a can of icing in the kitchen, especially when you don’t cook frequently. But almost all of us have marshmallows (after all, it’s a hot chocolate season now!) When your cupcakes have two minutes left to bake, place one marshmallow (or two small ones) on top of each cupcake and ta-da! Your super delicious cupcakes look like you used your regular frosting, but taste better.
5. Mason jar lid cupcakes
If you don’t have a muffin tray in the kitchen, you can hold the cupcakes liners in place with the mason jar rings. Maybe your mason jar lid cupcakes won’t be as beautiful and perfect as muffin tray cupcakes, but they will definitely be amazingly delicious!
6. Quick and tasty cookie cups
Store-bought cookie cups aren’t as delicious as those I make at home. Plus, I know what ingredients I use in my cookie cups. I spread my healthy cookie dough on the bottom of a muffin tin and bake until golden brown. Then, place ice cream, yogurt with fresh fruits or chocolate mousse into each cookie cup. Voila!
7. Coffee mug brownies
If you don’t have time for baking, you can fend off your sugar and chocolate cravings with these coffee mug brownies. It takes 3-5 minutes to make them and you can mix and match any ingredients you like. For one coffee mug brownie, I mix flour and cocoa powder together, add brown sugar, melted coconut oil and a little bit of vanilla extract, and microwave for one and a half minute. Of course, you can create your own recipe. Top your mug brownies with a spoonful of whipped cream or ice cream to make them even more delicious.
8. Saving stale cookies
Refresh your stale cookies by placing them in a plastic bag with a few slices of fresh bread, depending on the amount of cookies. You already know how bread works. If you’ve just baked your cookies, make sure you store them with a piece of bread as well to keep them soft and fresh as long as it’s possible.
Making your own desserts isn’t that hard when you know and use some of these tricks. Be it a birthday party or a Sunday brunch, these tips are sure to help you. There are many benefits of making your own desserts. First of all, because your little ones deserve to eat the healthiest treats. Plus, you save your cash and waistline. I highlighted some of my favorite dessert tricks, but what are your favorite ones? Any to share?