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Archive for April 2012

I’ve Joined the Cake Pop Craze!

That’s right, I’ve been biten by the cake pop bug and I think I love them!  Cake pops are awesome!  At Christmas time my niece and I had a go at some Christmas truffle pops which is basically the same thing but using a truffle recipe instead of cake.

Coming up to Easter and having just done Tahnee’s cake, I had the tops of the cakes left over and some ganache so thought…..why not try some cake pops?  Man, I’m glad I did!  I originally thought they would be sickly sweet and honestly I wouldn’t want to eat more than one but they are definately worth it!

Using the tops of the cakes I already had, I made boysenberry & peppermint cake pops.  The process was easy.  Crumble up the cake, mix with some ganache (a little at a time so you don’t add too much).  Once the mixture holds together nicely, roll into desired shapes, place on a board and refrigerate.  I left mine in the fridge for a few hours so they were nice and firm.  I then melted white chocolate for the boysenberry ones and dark chocolate for the peppermint ones.  I placed a lolly pop stick into the ball of cake pop (using a little melted chocolate on the end to hold the stick in place), covered the ball in melted chocolate and covered with desired decorations.  I used every sprinkle I had in my house (which is a little exciting because I can now go and buy some more for next time around ;) )

As I already mentioned, the end result, delicious!  There are plenty ( and I mean plenty!) of tutorials on the web for step by step instructions. These things are only limited to your imagination, so many designs and shapes that can be created.  They look great and taste even better! Give them a go!  Happy cake popping :) :)

Tahnee’s 18th Birthday Cake

My foster sister celebrated her 18th birthday last weekend and of course I offered to make her cake.  I have recently purchased “the mat” and thought this the perfect time to test it out.

A family members birthday is always an opportunity for me to try something new.  I’ve love tall cakes so decided that this one would be tall.  As it was for a family gathering, I used a 15cm tin as any bigger would have been excessive amounts of cake.

To get the height, I tiered two cakes together.  One was chocolate peppermint mud and the other, keeping in tradition of trying new things with family, was boysenberry mud.  I wasn’t overly impressed with this one.  I didn’t have a recipe, so based it on a white chocolate mud and adding boysenberry flavouring.  It tasted nice but I didn’t think you got that “wow” factor with it.  It definately needed more flavour or a different recipe all together.  I wanted it to have a wow factor!

Each cake was covered with ganache. Boysenberry with white chocolate ganache and peppermint with dark chocolate ganache.  I then tiered them together, making my tall cake :)

OK so decoration using the new “mat”.  Tahnee likes black and dark colours however I wasn’t keen on doing a completely black cake.  I’ve always wanted to do a leopard print cake so decided to go with a purple & black leopard print.

I actually had a bit of a shocker with covering this cake. A couple of the items being that I firstly put the fondant on upside down….yes, I put the print side down! What was I thinking???? THEN, I dropped and tore the fondant! Oh my, I did have a shocker! Thank goodness it happened on a family members cake!  I do think the end result was not bad considering the problems I encountered! Tahnee loved her cake and it tasted great so that’s the main thing :)