2.23.2011

2011-02-23 Chocolate Cake Pops

Weeeeeellllll....I said I would try to do something in chocolate that I've never tried before, and I'm not sure I'm going to repeat this one, but it was interesting to try!

For February's cooking challenge, the theme was to make something unusual or different from anything you've ever made with chocolate. So, I decided to make Cake Pops.

Cake Pops have largely been made "famous" by a cooking blogger and writer called Bakerella. If you go to her site and compare my efforts with her masterpieces, you may slightly pee while laughing at my Pops. So maybe you should take a bathroom break, and come back to me....OK, ready now?

Good. I don't want to be blamed for you ruining your undies.

So, first, I made the balls. Balls are made by baking a chocolate cake and crumbling it into a bowl. You mix the crumbed cake with a can of cream cheese frosting. Using a melon-baller or cookie scoop, make -- oh, I don't know -- about 50 balls.
Cake Balls

But you cannot eat these balls yet. Because they're naked. And no one likes naked balls. First you must freeze them for several hours (or over night) to get your balls firm. (Yes, I am enjoying all the ball double-entendres!) PS, I decided to keep about half the balls frozen to be candied at another time.

Now after several hours you have firm, frozen balls. Melt some "candy melts" in your color of choice. I chose red, because we all know that, universally speaking, red is the best color. I dipped them and rolled them around in the bowl using a spoon to facilitate the smothering process. I stuck a stick in each one. It was messy, but I lined them all up in a row on wax paper.
Cake Pops on Parade

I wrapped up my little red balls and brought them to a get-together, where they were gobbled up.
Eating a Cake Pop

My Pops don't look perfect, but they tasted good.

Out of 5, I give it 4 for taste and 5 for degree of difficulty. Dipping your balls is the hardest part...

Oh, I give up! I don't have any other ball jokes! Except this: Make and eat these Balls!

2.11.2011

2011-02-11 Chocolate Weekend

I've got a big weekend of chocolate cooking coming up...this month's theme is to do something new with chocolate. I've several ideas floating around...I've never made mousse or souffle, or actual candy. I'm also thinking of doing something which requires piped chocolate, too. I'm going to narrow it down today, and run out for supplies this weekend. I know I'm going to buy a set of piping tips, for sure, and I might take a run at something I can make and hand out at a meeting I have on Tuesday. We'll see.

In other cooking news, a friend of mine had a catering company that she is shutting down, and she had a liquidation sale, so I toddled down there last weekend and got myself some new "presentation dishes." Pretty, eh?
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I'm looking forward to displaying my wares pretty soon, but for now, the challenge is making room in storage for these new plates. Booooo.

This weekend is also going to be a "theah-tah" weekend. I'll be seeing West Side Story on Sunday night, with a few friends. A do love a musical! Can't wait for the fun to begin! C'mon, 5 o'clock!

1.29.2011

2011-01-28 February's Flava'

In the 2nd of this year's 12 blog specials, the theme is "Do Something You've Never Done...with Chocolate!" So I, and my friends Maria and Supergoodnumberone are going to venture into new chocolate territory.

The rule is not to make anything you've ever made with chocolate...no brownies or cookies or cakes, unless you've never attempted the like before.

I'm thinking of a couple of options, but right now the front runner is a chocolate souffle. I'm kind of panicked about the possibility of it falling. I'm also kind of interested in chocolate drinks.

Let's see how it goes in February! Stay tuned.