Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pop Star

Cake pops are "IT" and it looks like they're here to stay!  I feel like I've done them to death by now, but everybody still loves them and more people than I can count made them for a Valentine's day treat  this year (with varying degrees of success).  Last weekend Joseph got to hang with his bestie Jack while Missy got a private tutorial in the art of making the cake pop from me.  She brought along a prebaked red velvet cake and I walked her through the rest.  It very much reminded me of our mantra back in medical residency:  "see one, do one, teach one."  The directions, you ask?

Crumble the cake to smithereens in a large bowl.

Mix in about 1 cup of frosting (in this case cream cheese) and stir it up until it's completely combined and is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Scoop into balls with a small ice cream scooper.

Roll them into neat little balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Red velvet cake does wonders to your hands.
Put them in the freezer for at least 1/2 hour.

Ready, set, dip!
Work with just a few at a time so they don't warm up.
Insert a lollipop stick into the cake ball.  Fully coat with melted chocolate, tap off the excess, and sprinkle with something fun and festive.

Make sure to wear some serious bling during this process.

Insert the pops into a styrofoam block to completely set.

Make sure to bring a dutiful husband to take pictures for you to upload to Facebook and an adorable child to be the official taste tester.

Package them up in cellophane treat bags and tie them up with pretty ribbon.

Deliver to your friends who will now think you are a domestic goddess!
Missy surely is - she's a quick study and a pleasure to work with.  She did almost the entire project by herself with just a few pointers and trade secrets from me along the way.  Secrets, by the way, she will take to her grave if she ever wants help from me again. ;)

1 comment:

Jacquelineand.... said...

You didn't share all your secrets? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!