Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cake Pops!

“A little piece of heaven on a stick,” is what my cousin calls these heavenly treats. I first made cake pops for my daughter’s first birthday party. I made over 100 of those and over 100 chocolate covered pretzels. Sounds like a lot of work, which it was, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Since then, I’ve made cake pops for my goddaughter’s second birthday and Halloween. I thought I’d share some pictures and my method for making cake pops with you.
Since I am by no means a professional or even seasoned baker (this is new to me), I encourage you to visit She is the queen of Cake pops and has many different decorating ideas and detailed instructions to completing them.  Until then….here is how it’s done in my kitchen….
Did someone say cake pops?!
I start my cake pops by baking a cake per the box instructions. (I will attempt to bake from scratch for the holidays. Keep a look out for those posts ;)). When the cake is done baking, leave it out to cool. Once it’s cool, crumble the cake with your hands or a fork. Mix in half a can of frosting (homemade frosting is also on my list of things to try). I wouldn’t put in more than half a can of the frosting because I find it prevents the cake balls from firming up. Then using your hands, shape the cake into balls or any shape your heart desires. Place them in the fridge for about an hour to firm up. I find that Wilton’s Candy Melts and Make n’ Mold Candy Melts are both equally suitable for the job. Follow the directions for melting your candy melts. Once your candy is melted, you’re ready to assemble your cake pops. I find that dipping the tip of your lollipop stick in the melted candy before inserting it into the cake ball helps it to stay put when dipping. Do that for all of the cake pops. You can place them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so, but I find that the first few are hard by the time I finish assembling the last cake pops. Dip the cake pops in the melted candy in a straight down motion and lift it up being careful not to turn it too much. If you want to top your pops with sprinkles, do so immediately. Wait until the candy coated cake pops are hardened and then decorate. Finally bag them and display.

Enjoy your little piece of heaven!

Are you Pinspired?

What is pinspiration? What does it mean to be pinspired? Well, let’s start with the basics. This blog is all about my most recent obsession, Pinterest. What is Pinterest, you ask? It is the most amazing thing…EVER! Pinterest is a website where you can “pin” pictures of everything and anything on different boards. It’s basically a way of bookmarking using pictures rather than text. Check out my page (click the follow me on Pinterest button on the right) and if you haven’t already joined, I strongly encourage you to. It will change your life!
Pinspiration is the inspiration you get from all of your wonderful pins. You might be pinspired to cook different dishes, do more DIY projects for your home, make things with your kiddies, sew some new outfits, organize and so on and so forth. The possibilities really are endless.
I’ve been told that I am somewhat lazy. Truth be told, I have to agree. I’m not a very crafty person and find many excuses not to make some of the great projects I’ve seen others do and I think would look great in my home. Thanks to Pinterest and this blog, that has changed. I want to try all those delicious recipes I’ve pinned and organize my closets and cabinets using the ideas I’ve found on different sites and pinned on my “Organization” board on Pinterest. Then….I want to share it all with you!!!
                I have many plans for my newfound motivation and I can’t wait to get started. I hope you all will follow me on my journey, complete projects, try new recipes, and share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with me.
Let’s get started!!!