Just when I thought cake couldn't get any yummier, or fun to decorate, something new and exciting came into my life.
They're called CAKE POPS and they're friggin' bananas. Frosted, chocolatey, icing-filled bananas. Making them takes almost no time at all and they are DELICIOUS! Like, eat-half-a-batch-yourself delicious (and by "half" I mean "all but three").
I've made two batches so far with mixed results.
The first had white cake mix, which I dyed pink with colouring, and white frosting. Simply bake the cake, let it cool completely and then crumble it into a bowl. Then, add just enough icing to be able to make small balls. Shape the balls and then let them cool in the fridge or freezer.
|I used half of the cake and still ended up with 16 balls.|
Then, you shape the balls into whatever shape you'd like. I decided to try making hearts so I used a cookie cutter as a mold. Then, just heat up some melting chocolate in the microwave and dip! The hardest part was remembering to have a block of Styrofoam handy for drying.
|The chocolate wafers had sprinkles in them already. Of the 13 balls, only 6 survived the dipping process. The casualties were thoroughly enjoyed.|
The second batch I made had Devil's Food chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting. I must say that although they are just as pretty to look at, I preferred the white cake centre. Marc, however, liked them both equally. It could be a "tomato, tomahto" situation.
|I decided to leave the sticks out this time.|
|And wrap them in cute little bags for Valentine's Day treats (don't worry, they're in the freezer).|
So the verdict is that CAKE POPS are super fun, relatively inexpensive and shutthefrontdoor fantastic. There's lots of websites that show you how to make them and there's also a great book.
Some look VERY TRICKY, but I'm looking forward to them out!