I have blogged in my mind so many times since my first post. Frankly, I am having difficulty using this site and despite my attempts to learn what I do not understand, the helpers end up confused as well. I will continue on at least for now.
This past weekend, I made a cake pop arrangement for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday party. The birthday girl is a vegan so I made vegan friendly cake pops. There was a black and white theme with red heels and Chanel handbags Oh how exciting this was for me! A chance to create and make delicious cake that the birthday girl will eat herself!
I started about a week in advance testing 3 vegan chocolate cake recipes. One was a bit dry and the chocolate flavor a bit weak. The second one was super duper moist and was flavored with dark cocoa powder. When it came out of the oven, it looked like potting soil. It tasted great though. The third recipe, I changed my mind about chocolate and made a banana cake thinking I may need a different option.
Here is what I ended up doing. First, I placed the dry cake in my food processor and pulsed until it resembled, well,...potting soil. I then, added about two large pieces of the moist dark chocolate cake and about 2 tablespoons of applesauce. I then, pulsed until the cake was completely blended together and lumped together like a bread dough. For cake pops, you need the cake to bind in order to form shapes and hold together for dipping in chocolate.
At this point, I rolled about 20 cake balls and I cut out a couple of shoe shapes. This cake dough was a bit too moist so I decided to chill with no plastic wrap. I ended up chilling overnight. This was a great solution because they were set really well and made the dipping move along really well. I removed them from the fridge and inserted my lollipop sticks after dipping in melted chocolate first. Back in the fridge to set and get ready for the chocolate bath.
In the meantime, I cut some butterflies and flowers from fondant in both black and white and retrieved all my black and white spinkles from my collection (another story there but yes, collection is mild to what it really is).
I then melted white chocolate first and dipped each cake pop including the shoe shapes. I then melted white chocolate, colored it black and began either coating half of the pop or all of it in the black. I varied each design in some fashion to give the final arrangement variety. Next, I dipped the entire shoe pop in red colored white chocolate. I then covered in ruby sugar sprinkles and used a toothpick to pull the red off of the top so that it appeared like the sole of the shoe was exposed. I then added a bow for show!
This arrangement turned out to be one of my all time favorites! The birthday girl was very pleased as was her momma and friends. That is what makes me smile! : )))
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