Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Easy Enough.

After my dear sister's wedding, I've received a hefty amount of inquiries about recipes and such. Wrestling with the idea to give away my most prized possessions and my secret sauce (cheezy. I know), I decided that I have absolutely no reason to withhold them. But, before delving into the realm of wedding cake (it is it's own kind of animal), we'll start off simple. Or so I thought just a couple of days ago.

When my graduation open house started to roll around, I decided to be Betty Crocker and make all the food myself. On the menu, I scribbled "cake pops." Little did I know what little devils those words were.

The process seems easy enough.

Step 1:
Bake the cakes. I used boxed (don't shoot me). Boy am I happy I did. Loads less of dishes to wash.

Step 2:
Cool said cake and crumble it up in a bowl with your icing of choice (in this case, it was devil's food cake with dark chocolate icing...it was a bit rich). The consistency is key, or else you won't be able to form the right kind of balls.

Step 3:
Roll the mud (as I've affectionately called it) into balls. It helps to use cooking spray on your hands to keep the balls from sticking (but, if you do get some on your fingers...i guess you would have to eat it). Note to self: don't make the balls too big. It causes problems later.

Step 4:
Freeze the little suckers. They won't completely freeze, so don't worry about not being able to stick the lollipop sticks in them. Another note to self: leave them in the freezer for more than 45 minutes.

Step 5:
Pull the balls out of the freezer and melt some deliciousness substance called chocolate. Put the balls on your sticks. Note to self: use candy chocolate, not chocolate chips. They take 10x longer to harden using chocolate chips (I obviously didn't get this all right...hence the insane amount of "note to self"s). And, dip the pops in the chocolate.

Step 6:
Stick the pops in styrofoam to dry. I used greenery blocks...because I had them. But, this is a muy importanto part of the process. You'll have too many casualties of you try to get out of using styrofoam.

Step 7:
Brew yourself a pot of butterscotch nut coffee (or I guess you could use any kind at this point.....), grab a cooled cake pop, and dunk away. Note to self: grab a good book like Radical or Water For Elephants.

The process is a tad complicated, and I am not an expert. I'm just a stupid person who thinks they can bake anything...

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