Sunday, March 25, 2012

Donut Cake Pops

Trial and error, that's what having fun is all about!  Can you tell what my newest project is??  So I guess I should probably start by telling you that I found a donut cake pan at Marshalls and was SO excited to try it!  I naively forgot that the GOOD donuts are FRIED and not baked- boo; I ended up with cakey donuts and they were just, o-k-a-y...  So I thought about making ice cream donuts!!  I poured one directly into the pan and thought that it might get stuck in the pan (which it did) so I used plastic wrap thinking it would be easier to remove... it got stuck to the plastic wrap...  I was about to give up, stupid donut pan...

I was making cake pops one day and thought, donut cake pops!!!  I put some cake directly into the pan and it got stuck (surprise, surprise!!).  Foil worked perfectly, it molds to the curves and is strong enough for me to be able to pull out!

Press the cake into the mold and lift it out by the pieces of foil that are sticking out.  Peel the foil off of the donut-shaped cake. (IT WORKED!!!)  Instructions to make the cake here.

I put this into the freezer for 30 minutes while I tried to figure out how I was going to get them stay on the stick! 

I figured that I would use the chocolate as 'glue'.  I put the stick in the spot with most chocolate because I knew that the space it would create would be larger.  Then I put it back into the freezer to make sure the chocolate hardened.  I melted the chocolate in the meantime.

The pops that sat out of the freezer for more than 5 minutes ended up falling apart while being dipped in chocolate, so I would advise keeping them in the freezer until it's their turn to be dipped. 

How CUTE are these??!!  Chocolate sprinkles, Rainbow nonpareils and crushed graham cracker sprinkles.  Can't forget that glass of milk!!

There's so many possibilities, different colored donuts, different sprinkles or nuts, different cake on the inside- This was such a fun project! 

And the moral of the story is that ideas are meant to be explored.  No matter how many times it doesn't turn out the way I imagined, I never gave up!  And the result was even better than I expected!  One day, I'd love to have a Cake Pop book published....  Dare to dream BIG and don't give up!

xoxo cody cakes

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

it's an EGG! it's CAKE! it's Cake in an Egg!

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While on Pinterest, I came across a photo of an egg with cake in it, which linked me to the website for cupcake project and thought "This is SUPER DUPER cool!" So I sent the link to my mom thinking it would be a fun project to do together!  I also had a "Girl's Day" pink [everything] themed dinner coming up - what a perfect occasion to dye the eggs pink!   (I would also like to add that a pink everything themed dinner was fairly difficult to think up food options. More on that later.)

So here's my cake in an egg process:
I used an old school wine opener (my mom's) to puncture a tiny hole at the bottom of the egg then picked off the surrounding shell to make a hole, a little smaller than a dime.  I tried a pea-sized hole and it was too difficult to get the egg out.  I also used an ice pick to help peel off the egg shells and help get the yolk out.

So here's some samples of my eggs with holes.  The top-middle egg was just pierced with the wine opener.

We emptied the egg's contents in a container for later use (making the cake) and also used several other containers (with 2-3 eggs) so we could use them for baking later in the week.  I made the holes in the egg and my mom emptied the eggs- it's nice to have a second pair of hands (thanks Mom!)!!

Soak the eggs in warm salt water for 30 minutes.  I'm a germ-a-phobe, so I asked my mom to soak them twice.  Then soaked them in a warm baking soda water bath for 30 minutes (Mom's idea) to get the egg-smell out.  However, I presume that baking them would have gotten the egg smell to go away too!

We died the eggs with food coloring.  We followed the instructions from Domestic Simplicity as her instructions of using hot water vs tap water worked WAY better.  The longer you leave the egg in the dye, the darker it gets, hence the several shades of pink.  My mom is a neat-freak (so she folded the foil all pretty) if not, just shove foil inside the cupcake pans to create a nice homey nest for the eggs to sit up-right during baking.  

There's our cake batter.  My mom used a recipe for a lemon sponge cake.  We were worried that regular box cake (straight from the box) would be too airy.  We figured a dense cake would make for a firmer 'egg' and would be easier to take the shell off.  I wanted to use a Zip-Lock bag vs a piping bag to show that you don't need fancy baking equipment to bake!

I should have cut a smaller hole in the Zip-Lock, probably 1/8th of an inch to start.  1/4 of an inch cut was too large for the size of the hole but I made it work!  Fill about 3/4 of the egg.  Cupcake Project instructs that if you under-fill the egg, you'll have room in the egg once it's baked and if you over fill the egg.....

....well, this is what happens...  After pulling them out of the oven, my mom tells me that she forgot this cake rises A LOT.  Oh well, we picked off the cake overflow and wiped off the shell with a damp cloth.

And we had 12 pretty pink eggs for my Girl's Day pink dinner party!  I'm really clumsy, so I'm proud of myself; I didn't break any eggs in the process!

It was a fun treat for everyone to peel their egg!  At first, no one believed there was cake inside!

Isn't this SO cool?!?

I also made Rice Krispies and used the cupcake pan to form the shape!  I didn't frost some because we had some people who thought of frosting as extra calories! (haha, I LOVE my friends!)

Other things on the Pink menu:  Pink Chicken Alfredo (it looked really funky, but tasted the same!), Salmon, Pad Thai noodles, some Hawaii local favorites: Char su chicken (it's actually red-ish), lumpia with dipping sauce that's pink, chi-chi dango and kamaboko dip.  Watermelon salad, Strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar, tomato bisque soup, strawberry refrigerator cake, cupcakes and of course, my pink cake in an egg!  

It was a great dinner with phenomenal company.  Couldn't have asked for more!