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My first attempt at Cake balls

November 8, 2010 8 comments

It was probably a year ago that I first heard of Bakerella’s cake pops. They sounded like such an amazing idea, but I’ll be honest: Her perfectly round little pretty balls of cake were just too perfect looking for me to think I could do them.

This weekend we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, and after she made me mashed potato cupcakes for my birthday, I had to come up with something equally fun. What’s more fun than cake on a stick?

I followed Bakerella’s original red velvet recipe. I don’t know that I’d ever made red velvet before and to tell the truth, it totally freaked me out! That shit is RED! My kitchen looked like the scene of a murder by the end of the day.

But I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of the process.

1. Bake a sheet cake. Easy enough. Even easier than cupcakes!

2. Let it cool completely. (Do not skip this step or your balls won’t stay on their sticks!)

3. Once cool, crumble and dump in a can of icing. I made the mistake of attempting this in my kitchenaid mixer bowl. The process really works a lot better if you use your hands and “mush” it so that all the cake gets mixed with all the icing (think of the icing as the egg in a meatball. It has to be there to make it stick). A shallower bowl would probalby help you not end up with bright red crap all the way to your elbows!

4. Form balls. Bakerella suggests “quarter-sized” balls. I second that. My balls were much bigger (yes, that’s what she said) and they were almost too heavy to stay on the ends of their sticks. A smaller ball would also be easier to eat.

5. Stick in sticks and Chill. If you’re attempting to make them the day you want to eat them, this is best done in the freezer. Again, Don’t rush it!! (unless you want your balls sliding down the sticks like I mentioned before.

6. Melt chocolate (I used the easy melty kind from the craft store). I needed just a bit more than one bag to cover all the balls, then a little more for the decoration. Follow the instructions on the bag for melting. I find the microwave method eaisest.

7. Dip cold pops in the melted chocolate. To solve the sliding down the stick problem, I found it best to dip the top first, then focus on the sides. I had a spoon handy to smooth any major bumps.

Another tip…red velvet is destined to make white chocolate “not so white”, so don’t expect perfection if you choose white chocolate.

8. Stick upright in styrofoam. If decorating with sprinkles, hurry and do it before the chocolate sets.For the chocolate decorations I did, I used a squeezy bottle.

9. Arrange. I did this by sticking them in styrofoam in a wine glass. However I did not think of the physics of this before I did it. You’re sticking an entire cake (plus chocolate) on whatever your base is. Choose wisely! The glass worked fine, but it was really top heavy and prone to topple!

10. If you haven’t already included this in one of the steps above, eat! Yum yum!

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Scavenger Hunt Catch up!

September 27, 2010 2 comments

I have several words to catch up with for the scavenger hunt, and I’m sure I’m not going to be able to hit them all today!

Thursday’s word was “sweet.” I’d pretty much written off getting that one accomplished, but YAY! I got my first birthday cake!

My brother and sister found it rediculous that I would get a birthday cake when my birthday isn’t even in September, but not knowing when I’d be home again, my mother wasn’t about to let me possibly miss out!

I celebrated Saturday night with my mom (cutting the cake), Grandee and my brother’s family. The cake was scrumptious – cinnamon swirl cake with cream cheese icing. Yum!

Friday’s word was bugs. Thanksfully there were no bugs in my cake! I would have had a photo of a bug…if only mom hadn’t swept the dead stink bug out of the car door handle when I screeched “Ew! A bug!”

The word for the weekend was “Fall.”

This photo isn’t super accurate on the word “fall”…but it’s one of my favorite places once the leaves do change (if they do much this year with this drout).

This location is one place along my ride home where it becomes so evident that I’m getting away from the city and into the beautiful valley. And hitting it at sunset is just a bonus!

Today’s word was “water.” Yesterday, my mom and a friend came with me to the Occoquan Fall Festival. It was a bit rainy in the morning, but the day ended up being perfect for walking around with smells of barbecue and funnel cakes swirling around us.

We took a break from the festival-ness to sit down for lunch at Madigan’s. It was a soothing break to sit on the water and watch the river boats go by.

Tomorrow’s topic is the letter F. I already have a blog in mind. But I’m sure no one will guess what I use that starts with F!