Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cake Pops for Katy

I became a big sister 22 years ago, today.  Happy birthday Katy!

In the last 22 years Katy has become annoyingly tall, smart, skinny, popular and among many other things, developed more than her fair share of culinary talent.

Katy would probably be the first person to tell you that I'm pretty clueless in the kitchen, so for her birthday I decided I’d try to make cake pops...knowing she'd be pretty amused even if they didn't turn out. 

A cake pop is essentially a little bite of cake on a lollipop stick. Bakerella coined the term and wrote a book on them last year, and I recently noticed Starbucks has started selling their own version of the pops.

To me cake pops seem like a whole lot of work for one measly bite of cake, but I'm admittedly intrigued by all these cute cake pop ideas I've come across:

Daffodil's by Bake at 350

Watermelons with chocolate chip seeds by NataliesCakePops

Snowmen with oreo hats by Bakerella
Golden Snitch by Amy Bites

This is what I did:

1. Baked a cake.

2. Let the cake cool.

3. Crumbled up the cake. (Yeah, seems silly, I know.)

4. Mixed the cake with frosting.

5. Put the mixture in the fridge for an hour so it could firm up.

6. Melted a bag of chocolate chips with two tablespoons of vegetable shortening in the microwave (just like I did when I made these strawberries for Anne).

7. Measured tablespoon-sized hunks of cake/frosting mix and rolled them into balls.  (If your hunks are much bigger than a tablespoon, you're going to have a hard time getting them to stay on the lollipop sticks later on...I learned this the hard way.)

8. Dipped the lollipop sticks into melted chocolate, stuck them into the balls, and then put them into the freezer for 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden.  (If you skip this step, you'll have a hard time getting the sticks to stay put once you start dipping the pops into chocolate in the next step....another lesson I learned the hard way.)

9. Dipped the pops into chocolate.

10. Dredged the pops in sprinkles.

11. Marveled at how long these took me to make, and how messy my kitchen was now.

I'm pleased with how they turned out- and the few I taste-tested were pretty good, kinda like hunks of cookie dough.  I've never actually eaten a cake pop before but I assume that's the way they're supposed to taste.

And, most importantly, I think Katy will like long as they arrive in Charleston (where Katy's living for the summer) without being too smooshed and/or melted.

Prior to shipping, I wrapped each cake pop in it's own little bag, packed 'em all into a tupperware container, and kept it all in my freezer for 24 hours prior to taking it to the post office.

I used Word to whip up a pink note that I glued to the top of the tupperware.  The note says:

Cake Pops for Katy

Cake that's been baked,
mixed with frosting,
rolled into a ball, 
put on a stick,
dipped in milk chocolate,
and doused with sprinkles.

Phewph, this was a lot of work, but
Katy, you're worth it!

And, that's the truth.  Katy, you're definitely worth it, a thousand times over.   I hope you've had a truly sensational day today.  I'm so proud you're my sister.

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