Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cake Ball Fail

In my last post I showed you how I made little cake footballs for Super Bowl.  I also mentioned that I attempted to help a friend make cake balls for a Valentines Day party.

Well, it totally failed.  We couldn't get the cake to stick together; the chocolate looked very clumpy and so unappetizing.  Let's just say it was a failed attempt all around and here are the pictures to prove it...

 First, the cake overflowed...

Then, my husband came to the rescue.

 After many attempts to make V-day cake pops...

(who would eat those?!)

We surrendered.  
(That's my friend, MaryRuth)

Oh well, you live and learn!
After talking to a friend that is a cake pop extrodinare, I realized that we just rushed the process. The cake needed time to really cool down... some of our cake had warm places.  Then we needed to really let the sticks freeze inside the cake before moving on.

My conclusions?  These little cake pops could take a person 6+ hours to make.  Ugh!
Hopefully you have better luck than I did.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cake Balls & Cheese Dip

Hey Everyone!

As some of you may have read in this post, I was extremely busy at work so the ol' blog took a backseat.  I didn't plan the break, nor did I plan for it to be this long--- it just kind of happened.  But I'm back and ready for some projects-- big and small.

Last weekend I made my first attempt at Cake Balls for Super Bowl.  They turned out pretty good for my first try.  The chocolate wasn't as smooth looking as I had hoped for but they were delicious!  I even made them into the shape of little footballs in celebration of the Super Bowl. Everyone loved them. Here they are.

Here's the recipe I used.  I used white cake and regular white frosting.

And while we are the topic of Super Bowl, I also made a fabulous party dip.  Here's the recipe:

1 round sourdough bread, hallowed out
1 can artichokes, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup mayo
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Hollow out sourdough bread (you can save the inside pieces to serve the dip).  Mix the ingredients together.  Put mixture into bread and back for 1 1/4 hours.  Serve on crackers and bread pieces.

This was so simple and it was a huge hit my friend's Super Bowl party.  Enjoy!

P.S.  This past weekend I attempted to help a friend make cake balls/pops for Valentines Day and it was EPIC FAIL!  I'll share that story with you tomorrow.