6.24.2011

Finally! I Made Cake Pops!

Sometimes the third time isn't the charm.  Sometimes it's the fourth time. 

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I have wanted to make these ever since I came across Bakerella's Website (where you can look at her cake pop recipe), and I've attempted it a few times.  But they all failed miserably.  Well, maybe not miserably because they still tasted good, they were just ugly. :D

I think the problem was that I was trying to make cake balls and every time I tried to dip them in chocolate, they just all fell apart or got messed up when I tried to slide them off the spoon and onto the cookie sheet.  So I thought making cake pops would be easier since they're on a stick and they would be easier to dip.

Using a whole box of cake mix makes about 48 cake pops, and I didn't want to make that many so I cut the recipe into thirds.  I think I probably used too much water or oil though because the cake was kind of mushy when I took it out of the oven.  I even put it back in and baked it for a few more minutes.

My cake recipe looked something like this:
1 cup of cake mix (There are about 3 cups in a box)
1 egg
A little less than half a cup of water
A third of 1/3 cup of oil

So, as you can see, it was a lot of guessing.  But now I know to use less water and oil next time I make them and I use a third of the box.


Also I learned that you should let the chocolate almost dry completely before adding the sprinkles because they'll just slide off.

I'm really excited about how these turned out.  I expected there to be a few casualties, but thankfully there was only one!  I guess this one just really wanted to be a cake ball and not a cake pop.


I was going to send these to work with my mom (you know, so we don't eat them all), but for some reason she decided that she didn't mind leaving these at home.  And I was okay with that because they're really really good.  I know because I'm eating one right now. :D

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6.21.2011

Father's Day Cookie Cake

This Father's Day, I decided I wanted to bake something for my dad and I wanted to do something that I haven't done in a while.  Cookie cake.

And then I immediately knew that I wanted there to be a tie on it and blue icing.

And this is what I came up with!




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I am so happy with how this turned out! The blue turned out much brighter than I expected, but I like it.

Cookie cakes are a little bit harder than regular cakes. Really, it just takes more time and a lot more mixing. I followed the recipe on the back of a bag of chocolate chips. Usually my mom buys Nestle chocolate chips, but this time she bought the Publix brand and I couldn't tell the difference. The recipe is for chocolate chip cookies, but to make a cookie cake, you just put all the cookie dough on a cookie sheet (I used a cooking stone) and spread it out.



It was declicious. It still is delicious. Because, thankfully, we still have some left. This one didn't go to work with my mom. ;D


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6.13.2011

Cake in a Flower Pot

I did a lot of baking over the weekend!  Saturday, my mom and I went to my grandparents' house for lunch and I decided to bring them some mini-cupcakes.  And a few normal sized ones.  I put them in a cardboard box lid to transport them, and unfortunately, they all fell over in the car.  They were literally upside down when we got there.  But they still tasted good, and fortunately, I got some pictures of them before they got all messed up.


These were my favorite!

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Next, you should take a look at this blog post by I Am Baker because she baked cakes in flower pots!  My mom and I were at Michaels and saw these really cute flower pots and I realized they were the same flower pots as the ones I Am Baker used in her blog post!  I decided to give it a try because I had never heard of baking cake in a flower pot before.  It turned out nicely. (:

After I washed and Pam-sprayed the flower pot, I filled it 2/3 full of cake batter.  I Am Baker's post said to bake it for 35ish minutes, but I kept taking it out, checking it, and putting it back in the oven for a good 10 minutes after that. 


I Am Baker made this cute flower thing out of marshmallows, but I had some extra mini cupcakes left over.  I put them on sticks and attempted to dip them in chocolate to make them look like cake pops, but the stick kept going right through the cupcake when I tried to push them into the chocolate.  So making actual cake balls would probably be better.  I ended up dipping only the tops of my last few cupcakes in the chocolate and covering them in sprinkles.


Then we took this to my other grandmother's house yesterday!  The cake tasted great and the cupcake-pop-things tasted good even though they didn't look the way I wanted them to. (:


6.07.2011

Oreo Surprise Cupcakes

When I say "Oreo cupcakes", I mean Oreo cupcakes. ;D


I know these don't look like Oreo cupcakes, but trust me.  They are (;

I got this idea after I made the Oreo cake in the previous post.  I had some left over Oreoes and wanted to use them for something. 

So here's what I came up with.

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See, Oreo cupcakes.

I am SO pleased with how these turned out, and it wasn't that hard.  All you have to do is whip up your cake mix, whatever kind you want.  I decided to use a light colored cake mix so you'd be able to see the Oreo better, but next time I make these, I will definitely try a chocolate cake mix. When you put the cake mix into the cupcake pan, you put a little bit in the bottom, but not a lot.  Enough for the bottom to be covered and the Oreo not touch the sides of the pan.  Then you put more batter on top of the oreo.  Make sure the Oreo is completely covered and not visible.  It's okay if it's slightly visible because the cake batter will rise.  Try to keep them about 2/3 full.

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I suggest putting more batter on top of the Oreo than under it and it might be more centered.  It's still going to taste really yummy no matter where the Oreo ends up, though. (:

After this baking experiment, I'm definitely going to try this with different kinds of cookies or candies.  Maybe chocolate chip cookies or Reese's or something.  I think we still might have some Girl Scout cookies in the freezer. [;