|Pretty sprinkles all in a row...|
This past Sunday, my cousin had us over to her amazing loft (she actually lives above the City Museum!) for a cake pop extravaganza. She and my mom cleaned out Karen Ann's, a baking supply store that I've been dying to go to, but I guess it'll have to wait until after the holidays. They bought loads of sprinkles and melting chocolates, allowing us to have lots of fun with our decorations.
|All the decorating goods.|
|You gotta get your hands dirty!|
I made confetti cake pops with vanilla icing; Jen and Grandma had chocolate; and mom had one vanilla and one lemon. I was going to make a red velvet, but didn't have time to bake the cake. Perhaps you'll see it pop up around Valentine's Day! :)
|Pretty melted chocolate.|
|Oops! Party foul...|
It was the first time I'd ever made cake pops and, for me, they're a lot more difficult to make than it seems! My downfall was not getting enough of the melting chocolate off the pop before decorating it, so the first batch had lots of dripping. Then, by the end (and about five hours later), we were just throwing all kinds of stuff on them to get them done, which resulted in some being almost too big to fit into the cellophane bags (oops!).
|My proudest moment.|
The one I was most proud of came from another plan gone awry. I wanted to dunk it in white chocolate and then drizzle some green on top, but the green poured too fast and left a big glob on top. Knowing I had about 30 seconds before it hardened, I grabbed one of the sticks and started to swirl them together to create a marbled effect, then topped it with a Red Hot.
|Helper #2. I want to steal him!|
I was pretty tired by the time I got home that night, but all the effort was totally worth it! So much fun. Thanks again, Jen, for hosting! And thanks for having cute dogs! :)